Jeremiah 36:24-25 Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard. Even when Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah begged the king not to burn the scroll, he wouldn’t listen.
Psalm 74:8 Then they thought, “Let’s destroy everything!”
So they burned down all the places where God was worshiped.
When Baruch read God’s Word that came through the prophet Jeremiah to King Jehoiakim, the message fell on deaf ears. He was not afraid and refused to repent. Only three people protested when he burned the scroll. The king not only refused to listen to the Word of God, he also tried to destroy it.
When the enemies of Israel conquered them, they burned down all of the places that held any trace of God. Such is the response of all who hate God. Many people today are trying to eliminate God from all aspects of public life. It takes courage to speak out against those who disregard and disrespect God and His Word. When we decide to live for God, we must be willing to stand up for Him and maintain our Christian influence while not becoming discouraged. No one can eliminate God’s presence from His Believers. Our faith shines brightest in the midst of darkness.
My reading schedule this week:
August 20 Habakkuk
August 21 Jeremiah 41-45
August 22 Jeremiah 46-48
August 23 Jeremiah 49-50
August 24 Jeremiah 51-52
August 25 Lamentations 1:1-3:36
August 26 Lamentations 3:37-5:22