It isn’t easy to cling to God every day. We need help to do so. That’s why the Lord commanded Jeremiah to buy a garment and bury it in the cracks of a beautiful spring called Ein Parath.
The Prophet Jeremiah used many illustrations which came from the land around him. The Lord’s command to bury a sash in the cracks of a spring is a great example:
Take the belt you bought and are wearing around your waist, and go now to Perath and hide it there in a crevice in the rocks. —Jeremiah 13:4
Many modern translations render the Hebrew term, prt, in this verse as the “Euphrates River.” Unfortunately, that would have required Jeremiah a 700-mile journey (twice) to perform a visual lesson Judah would never see.
There’s a better translation in context that offered a lesson to the Hebrews at a place much closer to home.
And the lesson hits us close to home as well—reminding us why we should cling to God.
Welcome to Ein Parath
A better translation of the Hebrew prt is Parath—sometimes transliterated as “Prat” or “Perat.” It refers to a spring that flowed only a few miles east of Jerusalem in Jeremiah’s home territory of Benjamin.
- The beautiful oasis of water and shade trees at Ein Parath offer an excellent example of King David’s famous Psalm 23: “He leads me beside quiet waters.”
- Through the centuries, Ein Parath provided water to a number of ancient aqueducts and monasteries, some of which have remains still visible today.
Clinging to God
After Jeremiah bought the sash and wore it a while, God told him to go to Ein Parath and bury it in a crevice of the rocks. After a time, the Lord directed Jeremiah to return and dig up the sash.
So I went to Perath and dug up the belt and took it from the place where I had hidden it, but now it was ruined and completely useless. —Jeremiah 13:7 NIV
The Lord’s words at Ein Parath remind us of the words of Jesus, who would later remind His disciples:
Apart from me you can do nothing. —John 15:5
How essential that we cling to God more today—trusting Him by obedience—and refuse to place our confidence anywhere else.
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