For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
1. “For my people have committed two evils…”
a. evils [7451 * ra’][Gesenius: evil, bad.]
b. The two evils are clearly listed in this verse, they forsook God and tried to make their own source for life.
2. “…they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters…”
a. The first evil they did was forsake God. Under the Old Covenant, God was the fountain of living water.
1). Psalm 36:7-9 How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
b. Under the New Covenant we have that same fountain of living water.
1). John 4:13, 14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
2. “…and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
a. The second evil was trying to replace God with their own inventions for living water, false gods, idols. As Jeremiah writes a few verse previously, they changed the worship of the one true God with gods who are not gods.
1). Jeremiah 2:11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? But my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.
2). Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
b. False idols can never replace the living water, the salvation that only the one true God can provide. They are as Jeremiah writes, broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jesus states that men who have drunk the water that only he provides shall have in them a well springing up into eternal life. Jude writes that apostates are not true believers but have no water of eternal life in them.
1). 2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.