Let yourself become open to God and the knowledge that comes from the Word. Ask God for peace at this time.
Jeremiah 36:11-26 (NRSV)
When Micaiah son of Gemariah son of Shaphan heard all the words of the Lord from the scroll, he went down to the king’s house, into the secretary’s chamber; and all the officials were sitting there: Elishama the secretary, Delaiah son of Shemaiah, Elnathan son of Achbor, Gemariah son of Shaphan, Zedekiah son of Hananiah, and all the officials. And Micaiah told them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the scroll in the hearing of the people. Then all the officials sent Jehudi son of Nethaniah son of Shelemiah son of Cushi to say to Baruch, “Bring the scroll that you read in the hearing of the people, and come.” So Baruch son of Neriah took the scroll in his hand and came to them. And they said to him, “Sit down and read it to us.” So Baruch read it to them. When they heard all the words, they turned to one another in alarm, and said to Baruch, “We certainly must report all these words to the king.” Then they questioned Baruch, “Tell us now, how did you write all these words? Was it at his dictation?” Baruch answered them, “He dictated all these words to me, and I wrote them with ink on the scroll.” Then the officials said to Baruch, “Go and hide, you and Jeremiah, and let no one know where you are.”
Leaving the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the secretary, they went to the court of the king; and they reported all the words to the king. Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the secretary; and Jehudi read it to the king and all the officials who stood beside the king. Now the king was sitting in his winter apartment (it was the ninth month), and there was a fire burning in the brazier before him. As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king would cut them off with a penknife and throw them into the fire in the brazier, until the entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier.
Yet neither the king, nor any of his servants who heard all these words, was alarmed, nor did they tear their garments. Even when Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son and Seraiah son of Azriel and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest the secretary Baruch and the prophet Jeremiah. But the Lord hid them.
In this verse, we see a king who is unwilling to listen to the words that have come from God. The king burns the message from God and even tries to kill the messengers. I feel like when we read scripture, we often think “Oh, I would never do that,” but in reality, I bet we all have done this before.
God has sent messengers into my little world before, and I refused to listen to them. I am sure there are also times that I have tried to burn the message out of my mind to pretend that it was not real. It is like I used to say as a child; If I can’t see you, you can’t see me. We pretend that we cannot hear God’s message, so maybe God will stop trying to send the message. In my experience, it doesn’t happen that way. In fact, it doesn’t happen that way for the king in our text either. If you continue reading, after the king burns the scroll, God comes back to Jeremiah and tells him to send the message again.
I hope that God will continue to send you the message that you are ignoring, maybe one day we will stop playing peek-a-boo and actually accept the message from God.
Help us to adjust our minds. Help us to get joy from seeing our neighbors thrive. Give us opportunities to love, build up, encourage, and even console your children around us.
Go with God!
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