-The Word of the LORD came to Jeremiah for the ears of those in Jerusalem. It is the heart cry of God to His wayward people. A people who were devoted in their youth, when He brought them out of slavery into the wilderness experience “through a land not sown (Jeremiah 2:1-2).” His people were the first of His harvest (Jeremiah 2:3). But, now it was the beginning time of the Gentiles, who would eventually come to Christ in great numbers as a future harvest. These chosen people of Israel were holy to the LORD, but transgressed greatly in their unfaithfulness becoming guilty resulting in evil coming upon them under the judgment of the Sovereign (Jeremiah 2:3, 9, 35). Their walk became empty and vain as they chased after other gods and bowed before them rather than the Living God (Jeremiah 2:5, 7-8, 11, 13, 17-25, 27, 37). They no longer feared the LORD and His ways with a rebellious spirit, which led to their discipline (Jeremiah 2:19). In their chastening though they still did not get it so as to turn back to the LORD (Jeremiah 2:29-36). Therefore, God rejected them by His Word for a season to teach them His true love and goodness by sending them out of the land (Jeremiah 2:37).
-*Application* What should stand to us here in this chapter is the primacy of faithfulness in our walk with the LORD our God. We should never change our ways for other things that we think will give us success or more pleasure in this world. God has given us everything we need for life and godliness through His Son (2 Peter 1:3). He is the true knowledge and giver of every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). To abandon Him and His love is the most foolish thing we could ever do. Stick close to Him as the only way (John 14:6)! Recognize these examples He gives us from the Old Testament and resolve to be faithfully devoted to Him forever. Jesus is your only Savior, persevere as a secured saint relying on His Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30, 1 Timothy 4:16, Hebrews 6:1-9; 10:35-39).
Verse to Memorize: Jeremiah 2:11