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I Thirst

04.03.17 | Sunday Into Monday | by Rev. Patti Napier

I Thirst

    “Because of all this, I’m bringing charges against you”
            God’s Decree—
        “charging you and your children and your grandchildren.
    Look around. Have you ever seen anything quite like this?
        Sail to the western islands and look.
    Travel to the Kedar wilderness and look.
        Look closely. Has this ever happened before,
    That a nation has traded in its gods
        for gods that aren’t even close to gods?
    But my people have traded my Glory
        for empty god-dreams and silly god-schemes.

    12-13 “Stand in shock, heavens, at what you see!
        Throw up your hands in disbelief—this can’t be!”
            God’s Decree.
    “My people have committed a compound sin:
        they’ve walked out on me, the fountain
    Of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns—
        cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves'''

    Jeremiah 2:11-13  MSG

    In our world of indoor plumbing and reliable water systems, "thirst" is usually a minor worry.  But in the semi-arid world of the Biblical Middle East, thirst was often scary and life-threatening. So when Jeremiah told Israel there were leaving God, the spring of living water, he was using an image that spoke of a life-threatening spiritual condition. 

    In the Middle East, water is a scarce and valued resource. When Jeremiah used this analogy, the people understood the danger of being without God's "living waters". He warned them against trusting in other sources to quench their spiritual thirst. 

    What "dead gods" have you ever trusted, only to remain unsatisfied and then returned to God?

    Rev. Patti Napier
    Senior Pastor
    Carmel UMC

    "Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God for you have stumbled because of your iniquity."   Hosea 14:1