Jeremiah 36:27-32 (JDV)
Jeremiah 36:27 The word of Yahveh came to Jeremiah after the king had burned the scroll and the words Baruch had written at Jeremiah’s dictation:
Jeremiah 36:28 “Take another scroll, and write again on it the first words that were on the first scroll that King Jehoiakim of Judah has burned.
Jeremiah 36:29 You are to proclaim concerning King Jehoiakim of Judah, ‘This is what Yahveh says: You have burned the scroll, asking, “Why have you written on it that the king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land and cause it to be without people or animals?”
Jeremiah 36:30 So, this is what Yahveh says concerning King Jehoiakim of Judah: He will have no one to sit on David’s throne, and his corpse will be thrown out to be exposed to the heat of day and the frost of night.
Jeremiah 36:31 I will punish him, his descendants, and his officers for their violation. I will bring on them, on the residents of Jerusalem, and on the people of Judah all the disaster, which I warned them about but they did not listen.'”
Jeremiah 36:32 Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to Baruch son of Neriah, the scribe, and he wrote on it at Jeremiah’s dictation all the words of the scroll that Jehoiakim, Judah’s king, had burned in the fire. And many other words like them were added.
By burning the scroll of Jeremiah’s prophecies concerning his downfall, Jehoiakim thought he had put an end to the threat. Just as today, popular culture seeks to discredit the validity of the words of scripture. That did not stop Jeremiah. He and Baruch just took another scroll and got back to work.
The word of God will prevail against all attempts to destroy it, and those who seek to discredit it are simply condemning themselves.
LORD, when we read your word, may we not act foolishly as Jehoiakim did. May we respond in repentance, and preserve ourselves from its judgments.