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Fountain of Living Waters

Old Testament

A Sermon on Jeremiah 2:13

for my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water. (ESV)

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What are you chasing in life? Ask yourself this question: will it last? Drawing from a potent illustration found in Jeremiah 2:13, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones states that we are all seeking satisfaction from a worldview that is either like a cistern of stagnant water or a fountain of flowing, living water. What characterizes the cistern “way of living?” First, it is entirely man-made — all authority is subject to change depending on the shifting opinions of mankind. Second, all the effort for your happiness is dependent upon you! You are expected to find what makes you happy and chase it with all you have. Third, this way of thinking is so limited because it reduces everything to rationality, even beautiful emotions such as love and joy that cannot be measured. This way of approaching life cannot satisfy — there is no hope. But, Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches that Jesus offers a fountain of flowing, living water designed to satisfy the deepest longings of your soul in Himself! In contrast to the cistern, this living water is rooted in God’s unchanging authority, providing a bedrock you can establish your life upon. Crucially, this living water has accomplished all the work for you because you could not earn it on your own — Jesus’ offer of salvation accomplished through His death and resurrection to atone for the sins of all humanity is offered to you. Take a deep drink from this living water and find eternal life. 

Additional Scripture Translations

Jeremiah 2:13, New American Standard Bible

13“For My people have committed two evils:

They have abandoned Me,

The fountain of living waters,

To carve out for themselves cisterns,

Broken cisterns

That do not hold water.

Jeremiah 2:13, King James Version

13For 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.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.