Jeremiah 36 Commentary
We have the scripture by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, so we know, but only generally true. Many portions of the holy script, including arguably the longest-authored work, Jeremiah, were written down by a direct command from the LORD. And for Jeremiah, it was done at great risk to his own life. In fact and at this moment, the prophet was restricted and had to hide because of the same word of the LORD.
Peddlers of the gospel are mistaken when they expect a red carpet for their work!
The length of the book itself speaks volumes about the generosity of the LORD. The LORD is speaking to the sinner on a daily basis and constantly. Perhaps when the sinner hears the word of the LORD, he may turn from his wicked ways; then the LORD will forgive his wickedness and his sin. This kind of generosity is not human and we cannot understand it.
So the word was written down as commanded. It was read out, again as commanded. The leading priests responded well and thought the king needed to hear the word of the LORD. King Jehoiakim paid no attention. Instead, he burned the scroll as it was being read to him. Arrogance. Insolence. Probably stupidity as well – because no man should treat the word of the LORD this way. He paid for it. His own tenure was short and troubled. Josiah’s sons had combined in wickedness and brought down the Kingdom of Judah.
The word of the LORD stands tall and speaks to everyone. The message is repentance but behind it, is a loving God pleading with mankind. Let them repent and avoid disaster.
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