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Fountain of Tears
Bible Passage Jeremiah 8:22-9:11
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & book Jeremiah.

Fountain of Tears

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached May 30, 2022

22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? So why is there no healing for my people?

1 “Oh, that my head were a spring of water, and my eyes a fountain of tears, for then I would cry day and night for those of my people who have been killed.

2 Oh, that I had a lodging place for travelers in the desert, so that I could leave my people and go away from them. For all of them are adulterers, a band of traitors.

3 They use their tongues like a bow. Lies rather than truth fly throughout the land. They progress from one evil to another, and they don’t know me,” declares the LORD.

4 “Beware of your neighbors, and don’t trust any of your relatives. For all of your relatives act deceitfully, and every friend goes around as a slanderer.

5 People deceive their friends, and they don’t tell the truth. They have taught their tongues to tell lies. They exhaust themselves practicing evil.

6 You yourself live in the midst of deception, and because they are deceived they do not know me,” declares the LORD.

7 Therefore, this is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies says: “Look, I’m about to refine and test them. Because they’re my people, what else can I do?

8 Their tongue is a deadly arrow that speaks deceit. With his mouth a person says, ‘Peace,’ to his friend, but inwardly he sets a trap for him.

9 Should I not punish them for these things?” asks the LORD, “and should I not avenge myself on a nation like this?”

10 I’ll weep and mourn for the mountains, and lament for the desert pastures, because they are desolate and no one passes through them. They don’t hear the lowing of the cattle. Both the birds of the sky and the animals have fled. They’re gone!

11 “I’ll make Jerusalem a heap of ruins, a refuge for jackals. I’ll make the towns of Judah desolate, without inhabitants.”

The people of Judah were spiritually sick, and nothing can heal the sickness now; the end has come. Their sickness was their turning away from the Lord. And nothing can heal the wounds of grief in Jeremiah’s heart as he sees His people suffer. Jeremiah mourned the problems of the people of Judah.

Jeremiah is unable to express the extent of his grief as he feels he could weep forever. On the other hand, he knows that the judgment is fitting. The people deserved what they were going through. He called them adulterers because they got other gods for themselves.

As he returns to consider the sinful city in which he lives, he wishes he could leave it and go to some quiet resting place in the country (Jer. 9:2).

Since Judah’s society is characterized by lies and deceit (verse 3-6), God warns that it is heading for a fiery judgment (verse7-9).

The people did not speak the truth, and not as if they were silent, but told lies all through just in order to defend their evil deeds. God warns of continuous punishment.

The prophet foresees the desolation in Judah, with its cities ruined, its pasture lands destroyed, and its people either killed or taken.

🔷 God shall punish those who choose their own way and leave the way of the Lord

🔷 We must repent and follow God now, rather than following our own ways

🔷 God’s servants should continue to speak the hard truth to people and get them to change, then tell them stories the audience yearns for

🔷 Be quiet rather than telling lies. One lie can mar relationships or destroy your own reputation

💥 Ask God to forgive your disobedience
💥 Pray that your community will honor God

Telling lies will lead to more sin in order to defend the lies. We must stay with the truth and speak only the truth always. The greatest truth too is that there’s only one God who deserves to be worshipped.

In series Bright Morning Reflections