So they went into the court to the king, having put the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the secretary, and they reported all the words to the king. Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the secretary. And Jehudi read it to the king and all the officials who stood beside the king. It was the ninth month, and the king was sitting in the winter house, and there was a fire burning in the fire pot before him. As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king would cut them off with a knife and throw them into the fire in the fire pot, until the entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the fire pot. Yet neither the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words was afraid, nor did they tear their garments. Even when Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son and Seraiah the son of Azriel and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel to seize Baruch the secretary and Jeremiah the prophet, but the LORD hid them.
Jeremiah 36.20-26 ESV
TODAY’S READING: JEREMIAH 35-37
Jeremiah was instructed to write down all the words he had received from the Lord. Baruch recorded these things on a scroll and took them inside the temple to read before the people. Eventually the scroll made it all the way to the King, where it was read in the presence of the top leadership in Judah. What happened is described in striking detail. Jehoiakim’s burning of the scroll reveals a heart that was closed to God. But it did not matter. What God said would come to pass. Throughout history evil men and women have viewed God’s word as a threat and have worked to eliminate it. Because it is from a source on a much higher plane, God’s word cannot be destroyed. It will last forever, and by it we will be judged. All communication from God should be treated with our utmost respect. We cannot ignore or discard it. We must apply it to the way we live. What is your attitude toward God’s word? The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day, John 12.48.
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