Jeremiah 36:26 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.
The convicting Word of God has, through the ages, caused men to do some rather horrible things. You might think that it would be enough to try and destroy the written word itself. This has been attempted by many over the centuries. It was so here in Jeremiah 36:23 where it says the king; “…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.” Men have tried in various ways to destroy the word of God. Yet, as it says in Psalm 12:6-7 “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” God preserves His word.
Not only did they try to destroy the word of God, they also tried to imprison or worse, the men who spoke the word of God. In Jeremiah 36:19 the princes told Baruch, the scribe who wrote down the words, and Jeremiah, the prophet that declared the words of God, to go into hiding. Later, when the king commanded that they be found it says in today’s verse, “but the LORD hid them.” Again, throughout history man has been offended by the word of God and not only tried to destroy the word, but those who have delivered it as well. Yet, God’s word is still here and still just as powerful as ever. And, so is God.
I like David’s attitude about the entire matter. In Psalm 118:6 he said; “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” The worse thing man can do to us, sends us to heaven to dwell with the Lord forever.
Don’t you think God might have a say in that too?
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