October 7, 2010 by Dwight Bernier
Looking through Jeremiah 2-4 this morning, it would have been so easy for me to look at the people of God that He is talking to directly and think what scumbags they were. They worshiped what their own hands made from trees & rocks, they whored themselves after that which the foreigners gave themselves to, they left the fountain of living waters to hew out broken cisterns for themselves which could hold no water, etc.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, they were in denial of it all. In their minds, they thought that they were doing well. They thought that things were alright between them and God. In a word, they were “faithless” (Jer. 3.12, 14, 22). They were non-committal to the One who had called them children (Jer. 3.14).
Now if God was made in the image of man, he would surely have dismissed them, destroyed them, gossiped about them, make them earn back his trust and possibly be very vindictive towards them. But God isn’t made in the image of man, rather man is made in the image of God. And God does not destroy them but rather calls them to return! This is crazy. How could God call such rebels to return to him? Because he is merciful (Jer. 3.12 – “I am merciful”).
And God wasn’t calling these rebels back when they got it all together, but he called them to return faithless because he would “heal their faithlessness” (Jer. 3.22).
What an incredible call on our lives – to return as rebels, acknowledging our guilt and rebellion against God, being honest about our whoring ourselves away to other gods and idols, and live out our identity as the people of God (Jer. 3.12), children (Jer. 3.14), and sons (Jer. 3.22).
It’s amazing that the God who calls us to return to Him, sent His Son to take on human flesh and dwell among us, to live a perfect life we could never live because of sin, and then become condemned in our place on the cross as the most despicable, vile enemy of God – so that we can be called the people of God, children, sons & the righteousness of God!
The gospel call is to return – to see our sin as greater than we imagined but to see that we are loved by a God is holier than we can imagine. And how do we know we’re loved? Because He sent His Son – so we can be sons.
Return to the fountain of living water where you will find life in the Life.