This story of Jeremiah and Baruch writing down the words of the Lord, not once but twice, has always been important to me. It is an example of the importance of the words of God, and that He wants us to have them--and not only to have them, but also to put them to use in our lives, unlike King Jehoiakim.
We can be like King Jehoiakim, and hear the words of God (and even try to destroy them), or we can hear God’s words and ask for understanding and a willingness to do what they are saying to us.
I do thank You, Lord, for the fact that each day, I have Your Word--that it is available for me to read, to gain understanding from, and to give me strength and encouragement. Thank You that You gave Your Words over the years to many people, that they were written down, and that we have them today. AMEN
I find rest in God; only He gives me hope. He is my rock and my salvation. I will trust God all the time because He is strong and loving. Psalm 62
Write the Word
1 The LORD spoke this word to Jeremiah during the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah: 2 “Get a scroll. Write on it all the words I have spoken to you about Israel and Judah and all the nations. Write everything from when I first spoke to you, when Josiah was king, until now. 3 Maybe the family of Judah will hear what disasters I am planning to bring on them and will stop doing wicked things. Then I would forgive them for the sins and the evil things they have done.” (Jeremiah 36:1-3 NCV)
27 So King Jehoiakim burned the scroll where Baruch had written all the words Jeremiah had spoken to him. Then the LORD spoke his word to Jeremiah: 28 “Get another scroll. Write all the words on it that were on the first scroll that Jehoiakim king of Judah burned up. (Jeremiah 36:27-28 NCV)
32 So Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to Baruch son of Neriah, his secretary. As Jeremiah spoke, Baruch wrote on the scroll the same words that were on the scroll Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire. And many similar words were added to the second scroll. (Jeremiah 36:32 NCV)
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