As I read through the book of Jeremiah, I am reminded again and again what it cost for him to deliver the Word of God to people who, many times, did not at all want to hear it. It cost him his pride, his comfort, and almost his life at times, and yet, he was so faithful to be true to what God laid out for him to do! I am always touched by the story of the king that cut up the parchment that had God’s words written on them. And then, God told Jeremiah to write it again. And he did. The faithful men who lived in, and wrote, the Bible are certainly heroes.
The value of the Bible, God’s Word written by men God used, is so great! I want to be more aware of what it cost to make sure that every day when I sit down to read it, that for me it is not just ink on paper. It is really God’s Word to me for today and everyday.
Father, thank You for the faithful people who were careful to write down the stories and the truths that help us to live the way You want us to live. Your Word is true and everlasting. You are so good to us…thank You! AMEN
God’s Word is true, and everything He does is right. He loves what is right and fair; the Lord’s love fills the earth. Psalm 33
The Cost of the Word of God
11 So Ebed-Melech took the men with him and went to a room under the storeroom in the palace. He took some old rags and worn-out clothes from that room. Then he let those rags down with some ropes to Jeremiah in the well. 12 Ebed-Melech the Cushite said to Jeremiah, “Put these old rags and worn-out clothes under your arms to be pads for the ropes.” So Jeremiah did as Ebed-Melech said. 13 The men pulled Jeremiah up with the ropes and lifted him out of the well. And Jeremiah stayed under guard in the courtyard of the guard. 14 Then King Zedekiah sent someone to get Jeremiah the prophet and bring him to the third entrance to the Temple of the LORD. The king said to Jeremiah, “I am going to ask you something. Do not hide anything from me, but tell me everything honestly.” 15 Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “If I give you an answer, you will surely kill me. And even if I give you advice, you will not listen to me.” (Jeremiah 38:11-15 NCV)
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