Jeremiah 2: The Grass Is Greener?
In Jeremiah 1, we saw that God was going to use Jeremiah to confront the leadership in Jerusalem, and that confrontation begins in Jeremiah 2. God wants to know why they abandoned Him, and whether or not they had found anything better.
Jer 2:26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets,
Jer 2:27 Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
Jer 2:28 But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.
Jer 2:29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.
God is basically going to expose them here. Like a thief is caught and ashamed when his deeds are brought to light, the people of Israel will have their transgression brought to light when their false religions are tested.
Nature worship was prevalent at this time, and that is where verse 27 comes from. People were worshiping animals or rocks, but God is issuing the challenge. What are they going to do when times of trouble come? What will they do to help you?
He makes the bold prediction that they will not help, and He encourages the people to come back to Him.
I think that a practical application of this today is our pursuit of happiness. Happiness is almost given a divine status, and we are to pursue that at all costs. However, if that is all we are chasing after, we are going to spend our entire lives chasing and never find contentment because there is always something out there that will make us happier. I think that God feels same way about us in that situation. He wants to know when we will come back to Him and recognize that happiness and contentment can only come through God.
This is basically a prodigal son type situation. Israel in the Bible or people in general today run away from God thinking that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. God, through the prophet Jeremiah, is asking the people how well that worked out. From what I have seen in stories I have read, it doesn’t seem to work out that well most of the time.