Jeremiah 36:23

Jeremiah 36:23

And it happened, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that the king cut it with the scribe’s knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.

Jeremiah 36:23

While Jeremiah was in prison, he had Baruch deliver the word of God to the people of Judah and it eventually made its way to Jehoiakim, the king at that point. After hearing Jehudi just read a bit of the Lord’s word to Jeremiah, Jehoiakim had the scroll cut up and tossed into the fire. Why? He didn’t like what he heard about the Lord’s judgment towards Judah.

When we hear something we don’t like from God’s word, we might not toss our Bibles in the fire, but we might toss them in our trunks or on a shelf not to be looked at for a long time.

Yet just like Jehoiakim couldn’t stop God’s word from coming to pass by destroying it, we can’t stop the truthfulness of God’s word by ignoring it. When God points out sin in our lives through the Bible, it is still sin whether we believe it to be or not. It’s better to just accept the Scriptures as true and implement them in our lives because God knows better than we do.

Delighting in Your Word,

Pastor Ron Kitchell