What injustice have your fathers found in Me, that they have gone far from Me, have followed idols and have become idolaters? Jeremiah 2:5
I will begin with the definitions of several of the words in this verse that I found to be interesting:
Idols (Strong’s #1892) – emptiness or vanity; something transitory and unsatisfactory.
Idolaters (Strong’s #1891) – to be vain in act, word of expectation
I wonder what kind of answer Jeremiah received to this question. I wonder if anyone dared to answer. Upon serious reflection, the only reasonable conclusion would be that there was no injustice found in God. They just didn’t follow Him anymore. They were interested in other things – namely vanities. Things of no consequence, value or importance.
If you go back and read from the beginning of this chapter, the Lord starts by telling the people that when they followed after Him, they were holiness to the Lord. But now that they are following after vanities, they have become vain.
Have you ever followed somebody somewhere in your car? It can take much concentration as you try to keep that one particular vehicle in sight at all times. They change lanes, you change lanes. They speed up, you speed up. Your driving mirrors theirs. While you are following, conformity develops. You are becoming like the one you are following.
I am reminded of the words of Jesus when He said “You will know them by their fruit.” The fruit of our lives will demonstrate who (or what) we are following.