Friday, June 04 2010
Verse of the Week: V28 “Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned.”
1. The Forgiving God (V1-10)
V3 “It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.”
Prophet Jeremiah called Baruch to write down the Word that God had spoken to him. The main message was that God would judge the people of Judah and the only way to avoid the judgment of God and for God to forgive them was for them to repent their sins.
V4 “Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book.”
2. The Caring God (V11-26)
V23 “And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.”
King Jehoiakim not only refused to repent but allowed his servant Jehudi to throw the Word into the fire and commanded his servants to arrest Jeremiah and Baruch. However, the caring God hid both Jeremiah and Baruch from the wickedness of king Jehoiakim.
V26 “But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the LORD hid them.”
3. The Encouraging God (V27-32)
V28 “Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned.”
King Jehoiakim thought that by burning the Word, both Jeremiah and Baruch would quit writing the Word. However, they kept on writing the Word. Indeed, God shall encourage His people and nothing shall hinder and destroy the Word, the work and the will of God.
V32 “Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words.”
Prayer of the Week
Dearest God, please help me to keep on, keeping on for Your honour and glory.