The first two of the Ten Commandments were, “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image…” Another commandment was, “You shall not commit adultery.”
God likened the idol worship of Israel and Judah to the sin of adultery. They, as God’s “wife” had conducted themselves as a wife who had left her husband and had embraced the life of a harlot. In His mercy, He had pled for Israel to completely turn from their idolatry in repentance and wholeheartedly return to Him. They did not. God was also pleading through Jeremiah the same plea for Judah to turn back to Him before it was too late.
Jeremiah painted a desolate picture of destruction and ruin in a land that had refused to repent and return to their God. That picture was of Judah and her cities that would lie in waste. So great would be Judah’s destruction that the prophet saw a land that was without form and void with black heavens as it had been before the beginning creation. Jeremiah took no joy in relaying his message of doom. “O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart!”