Burning the Scroll
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 26, 35, 36; John 20
Today’s Key Passage – Jeremiah 36:1-26
In today’s key passage, we find an interesting story about Jehoiakim, king of Judah. God asked Jeremiah to write His prophecy against Judah on a scroll (Vs. 2), and this scroll was taken to the temple and read aloud. (Vs. 10) Eventually, the scroll was taken to Jehudi, who read it to King Jehoiakim. (Vs. 21) As the scroll was read, every time Jehoiakim heard three or four columns of the prophecy that he did not like, he cut those sections out of the scroll and burned them, until eventually, God’s entire message was burned. (Vs. 23) Though God was trying to get the people of Judah to repent, Jehoiakim did not want to listen to His message because He had no fear of the Lord. (Vs. 24)
I think most of us would agree that we would never think of literally burning the Bible. Sadly, though, most of us figuratively burn God’s Word more often than we would like to admit. God tells us to love our enemies, yet how often do we all think of them with something less than love in our hearts? God tells us to spread the Gospel, yet how many times do we all neglect to share the life-changing message of salvation with someone because we do not feel like the time is right? How many times do we all selectively “cut” parts out of the Bible that seem too hard for us to obey, and ignore the prompting of the Holy Spirit for us to change? See, every time we ignore any part of God’s Word or choose to live in disobedience, we are effectively “burning the scroll”. We must never forget that ALL scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), even the parts that seem extremely difficult for us individually. God does not want our partial compliance. He is looking for total obedience to His Word, so we can live a life that is holy and worthy of His name.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on August 18, 2013, in 24 - Jeremiah and tagged Backsliding, Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Jesus, Questioning God, Religion, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.