Signs and Symbols of Jeremiah // Part 9

The Sign of the Soiled Girdle

(Jeremiah 13:1-11)


Of all God’s manifold indictments against apostate Judah in Jeremiah’s prophecy, none is more fundamental than these words: 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 (Jeremiah 2:13).


In their epic journey out of slavery in Egypt, God, on repeated occasions, miraculously provided “living water” for His chosen people. He subsequently assured them that, if they obeyed Him, He would never leave or forsake them. In this commitment was the Divine promise of eternal life upon the consummation of His purpose to take out of Adam’s death-enslaved race a people for His Name. That promise of eternal “living waters” was the subject of Jesus’ discussion with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well in John chapter 4. On that occasion, Jesus described the gift of eternal life as one receiving a well of water springing up into eternal life and never thirsting again (John 4: 14).