The prophet had an eye and heart for the true God, and His word. He despised what was happening in Judah, and Jerusalem; the hypocrisy within the priesthood. The false sense of security for the people and the temple. It seems many were believing that no matter what we do, we are God’s chosen people, and the Temple is here, so God will not destroy us or the Temple. The word of God to Jeremiah was quite contrary to that way of thinking.
“Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory for what does not profit. Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; be very desolate,” says the LORD.
“For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Jeremiah 2:11-13 (NKJV)
Jeremiah noted that no nations around them were changing gods. Who ever heard of such a thing. Yet, the people of God were turning their backs on the Holy One of Israel. He is the One who delivered them from slavery in Egypt, brought them through the wilderness; and in doing so showed that all the gods of Egypt, and the nations was powerless.
GOD tells the prophet that the people have committed two evils. One, they had forsaken GOD; and two, they had turned to other gods [hewn themselves cisterns–broken cisterns];
O what a shame it is when the people of GOD begin to play religion, despise the word of God, and turn their backs on Him, just to appeal to others. It will not work. It is giving glory to another; and that makes us nothing more than trash. You might want to consider reading Psalm 115:1-8 if you doubt that previous statement.
“They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusts in them.” Psalm 115:8
If you are following YaHWeH [Jehovah], through the cross of Jesus–His death, burial and bodily resurrection. That is wonderful. If not Change to the One true and Living God, and be changed unto glory for Him.