Jeremiah 36:20-26

14 02 2011

Jeremiah 36:20) And they went to the king, into the court; but they stored the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the hearing of the king.

Jeremiah 36:21) So the king sent Jehudi to bring the scroll, and he took it from Elishama the scribe’s chamber. And Jehudi read it in the hearing of the king and in the hearing of all the princes who stood beside the king.

Jeremiah 36:22) Now the king was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month, with a fire burning on the hearth before him.

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 36:24) Yet they were not afraid, nor did they tear their garments, the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words.

Jeremiah 36:25) Nevertheless Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah implored the king not to burn the scroll; but he would not listen to them.

Jeremiah 36:26) And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to seize Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the LORD hid them.

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That doesn’t sound like a big deal does it… burning a scroll.  I mean it’s only what the Nazi did during World War II.  People have this weird habit of doing what they know to be both morally and ethically wrong, and not for profit or gain just to test the limits of so-called civilized people and see how far they can go before they push past the limits and into the inhumane.

Burning the scroll wasn’t simply ignoring what some crazy guy said… it was ignoring the voice of God.  So basically Israel was inviting the Wrath of God to fall on them.  Then later on in the rest of the scripture it says God hid his followers, as he done all through history.  God will always see us through our problems, those that come from the Natural or those that come from Satan.  So let him comfort you when no one else will for he is our Rock.

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