Why Broken Cisterns?

We thought it might be helpful to give an explanation of our blog name.

Our blog name comes from 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.  

In its original context, we understand this verse as an indictment of Israel on two counts 1) forsaking the fountain of living waters and 2) hewing out broken cisterns for themselves.  We see this image of living waters clarified in the New Testament where the fountain of living waters are identified as Jesus Christ (John 4:10) and ultimately the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (John 7:38-39), that would satisfy eternally.  We see God’s people turn from God and said ‘no thanks God, we got this’.  And just like the Lord declares in the preceding verse, our response to this cosmic and tragic reliance on self should be “Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate”.  The created telling the creator, ‘I know better’ sounds appalling, yet it plays itself out routinely in our daily lives.

Despite having personally experienced this living water, we recognize our own propensity to seek our own joy and happiness in many of the world’s ‘broken cisterns’, and specifically, in comfort and safety. We have a natural bent to forsake the living waters of knowing and serving Jesus and to drift toward serving Jesus in a way that is first and foremost comfortable.  If a relationship with Jesus really is eternally satisfying, then we need to be willing to sacrifice our comfort for those that have not heard.

We also recognize that the overwhelming majority of Indonesians desire to please God, but instead of pleasing God, they are burdened with man-made religions that can hold no water and will not satisfy.

The blog name is a constant reminder to us to seek the living waters daily and to be satisfied in Jesus alone. It is also our desire to commend it to the people of Indonesia (and everywhere) regardless of cost in personal comfort or ‘broken cisterns’.

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