Sin Always Brings Destruction
One thing the Bible is very clear on is the fact that sin is the
transgression of the law. Another thing the Bible is very clear on is
that sin brings despair, destruction, and ultimately death. For the
unregenerate, this means a crisis eternity in a fiery, burning Hell. In
our text this morning, the Lord, through the prophet Jeremiah, is
proclaiming to Israel their backslidings and sins and how they have
turned away from the One and Only True God to innumerable harlotries
with idols and other false gods. God, in his righteous wrath and
judgment, brings destruction upon both Israel and Judah for their
(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.
(12) Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be
ye very desolate, saith the LORD.
(13) 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.
According to our text, Israel had committed two major sins against God:
they had forsaken Him (the source of their salvation) and they had made
idols and committed adultery with the false gods of the land. The Bible
likens these false gods to cisterns, or a reservoir for water or some
other liquid. The Bible says they are broken cisterns, that can hold no
water. In other words, the Lord is saying, these gods have no living
water and cannot save, yet the children of Israel and Judah were
worshipping them and refused to bring to rememberance the deliverance
and salvation of the Lord and instead traded that in for a broken
cistern, a false god and idol that can neither save, talk, see, or hear.
It is easy for us to criticize Israel and Judah in this very grave
passage of Scripture. However, sometimes, as saved-born again believers,
we are not far from Israel and Judah. Instead of cleaving to the One who
saved us, Jesus Christ, who gave us the living water from which we shall
never thirst again, we choose to sin and commit adultery with our idols,
or the things we put above the Lord Jesus Christ: our job, our school,
our cell phone, our tablet, our hellevision, or our Internet. As we
commit adultery with these idols and forsake the God who saved us, we
find ourselves on the highway to sin and destruction. Our devotionals
become dull, our prayer time becomes a routine, and before you know it:
we have forsaken God and sinned against him by lying, becoming angry,
prideful, hurtful, or perhaps even by committing a sexual sin which we
think will give us pleasure and fulfillment. However, what we fail to
realize is that sin can never offer any lasting pleasure or fulfillment,
because all forms of sin are simply broken cisterns that can hold no
In Christ, the living water, we have everything: salvation, joy, hope,
fulfillment, peace, understanding, contentment, and faith.
Sin, the broken cistern which can hold no water, offers no joy, offers
no hope, offers no fulfillment, offers no good, offers no salvation,
offers no peace, no understanding, no contentment; sin offers
despondency, depression, despair, destruction, and ultimately death.
Christian, will you resolve in your heart this morning that you will see
sin and idolatry for what it is: a broken cistern, a cracked bowl that
can hold no water? Will you stop letting your self-seeking pride and
arrogance drive you away from the God of your youth and steer you
towards the sin that leads to death and destruction? Will you humble
yourself under the mighty hand of God and turn back to the One who Saved
you, get right with Him, and rejoice again in the fountain of living
waters, Jesus Christ, the One and Only Saviour and experience the joy,
peace, and fulfillment only He can offer.
Lost person, are you tired of drinking from a bowl which can hold no
water, cannot quench your thirst, cannot give you any joy, peace, or
fulfillment. Come to Jesus this morning, repent of your iniquity, and
ask Him to save you and come into your heart. Don’t let sin deceive you
until it destroys you. Come to Jesus today and be saved. He is waiting
for you even now.