Jeremiah 2-3 is a scathing indictment on Israel’s sin.
The leaders have ignored God’s call (2:8) They exchanged the truth about God for a lie (2:11-13), which is the essence of sin. If that were not enough, they double-downed on their sin, going further into idolatry instead of returning to the Lord (2:17-19) .
In response to all this, God reveals their state:They are guilty and can not cleanse themselves (2:22).Graphically, they have chased other gods like an animal in heat (2:23-24). No self-soothed conscience can change the fact (2:33-35): in their relationship with God, they have committed adultery and are inheriting the consequence (3:1-3; 2:4-5).
It’s not a fun passage to read.
It’s graphic and intense. Also, it’s tough to read that and not find yourself in there too…I’ve gone astray from God, the fountain of living waters, and I’ve tried to find life apart from him. Idolatry is a real deal. There are a million things that demand your attention and promise the good life apart from God. Any honest assessment of your heart will reveal the ways you have wandered from finding life in Him.
In the midst of this reality, God’s gracious character shines forth! He is the merciful God (3:12-13) who will restore and care for Israel (3:14-17).
The one requirement?…”Only acknowledge your guilt, that you rebelled against the LORD your God” (3:13).
Not clean yourself up. Not offer a formula of penitence.
Simply, own your idolatry. Confess it and turn back to God.
Jesus is God’s mercy revealed and fulfills the hope of Jeremiah 2-3. He fulfills it not only for Israel, but for the world. Through Jesus, our guilt which we could not remove (2:22), is cleansed: “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:8-9.
God has been merciful even toward those who have run away from him. He offers life even to those who have sought life in other places.
What do you need to confess? Where have you turned from God and trusted in idols?
“Return O faithless son; I will heal your faithlessness.” (Jer 3:22) Confess and worship Jesus!
“Behold, we come to you, for you are the LORD our God. Truly the hills are a delusion, the orgies on the mountains. Truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.” (3:22-23)
All other treasure is trash compared to Jesus!
Every other love is a lie.
Jesus, whose love is eternal, is the hope of my heart and my life!