The Lord is speaking to you. Even now. The Holy Spirit is active in our world, with a ministry to guide us to the truth and speak what he hears. He convicts us in our hearts about sin and righteousness and reminds us of the words of Jesus. How will you respond?
1 In the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now. 3 Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, they will each turn from their wicked ways; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin.”
21 The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and Jehudi brought it from the room of Elishama the secretary and read it to the king and all the officials standing beside him. 22 It was the ninth month and the king was sitting in the winter apartment, with a fire burning in the firepot in front of him. 23 Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. 24 The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. 25 Even though Elnathan, Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. 26 Instead, the king commanded Jerahmeel, a son of the king, Seraiah son of Azriel and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet. But the Lord had hidden them.
Jeremiah 36:1-3, 21-26
The Lord told Jeremiah to write his prophecies down and have them read to the people of Judah and even the officials and the king. Sure enough, when Baruch the scribe read them, the leaders quickly brought the scroll to the king for a reading. Remember, these are the words of God being read to King Jehoiakim.
His secretary, Elishama, read the scroll to the king in the winter apartment of the palace, where the firepot was glowing warm. And with each page of the scroll, the king took a scribe’s knife and cut off what had been read to him and threw it into the fire.
We see in verse 24 that they did not show any fear or remorse. There was no repentance – no turning of their hearts toward a new direction. No. Contrition was far from their hearts. Instead, we see the king command the arrest of Jeremiah and Baruch. He would punish those who were messengers of truth which opposed his corrupt leadership.
The Lord hid Jeremiah and his scribe, protecting them for now…
The Lord is speaking to you. Even now. The Holy Spirit is active in our world, with a ministry to guide us to the truth and speak what he hears (John 16:13). He convicts us in our hearts about sin and righteousness (John 16:9). And he reminds us of the words of Jesus (John 14:26).
What will you do with the scroll the Spirit reads from? As he plants the truth and conviction of God in your heart today, will you throw it in the fire and keep living as you wish?
The contrast to Jehoiakim’s response is that of King Josiah. You might recall that when he heard the word of God read to him (2Chronicles 34:19…) – Josiah tore his robes. He realized that he had not been living in accordance with God’s way. And he started to lead Israel to serve God.
Your response to the Lord will impact those around you. And God is speaking even now. What will your response be? Don’t throw God’s voice into the fire. Listen and respond…