by Jeff Strite

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Accept No Substitutes (2 of 10)
Series: Journey Through Jeremiah
Jeff Strite
Jeremiah 2:4-13

OPEN: How many of you have ever bought ''generic'' products? Many of us do. We'll go to the pharmacy and we'll ask for the ''generic'' version of the medicine the Doctor has prescribed. Or, we'll go the grocery store and purchase the store version of whatever product Kellogg's or Seyfert's or Land 'o Lakes may have on the shelves.
And we don't feel bad because there are times when accepting ''substitutes''… SEEMS to make sense. Sometimes there's ALMOST NO DIFFERENCE between the name brand and a substitute.

But, of course, that's not always true

Centuries ago, when food production moved from the home to the factory, and the pressures of large-scale manufacturing and marketing prompted merchants to resort to… shortcuts.
Cash-hungry bakers got more dough for their dough by adding alum and sulfur of copper.
Dairymen sold cream thickened with flour, watered down milk and often added chalk or plaster of paris to perk up the color of milk that came from diseased cows.
To stretch sugar, grocers routinely added sand.
Buying butter could be an exercise in futility. Merchants would sometimes put together a collection of calcium, gypsum, gelatin fat and mashed potatoes that they passed off as butter
But oleomargarine - which was known as ''bogus butter'' - could be even worse. It was distilled from hog fat, bleach and other unsavory substances.
One of the most blatant cases of food adulteration occurred as recently as 1969, when a man in England was charged with selling phony grated Parmesan cheese. What he was really selling was ground up umbrella handles.

APPLY: Like I said, sometimes substitutes can be as good as the original - but sometimes not.

I. The Israelites had gotten into the habit of accepting substitutes for God
In Jeremiah 2:11 complains: ''Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their ...

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