Yirmiyahu Thirty-Six: God’s Words

God commands Jeremiah to write down all of the prophecies that have been given to him about the nation of Judah. “Perhaps the house of Judah will hear all the evil that I plan to do them, in order that they should repent, each man of his evil way, and I will forgive their iniquity and their sin (Jeremiah 36:3).” Jeremiah does as he’s told, but since he’s still in jail, he needs help to disseminate this information. He calls Baruch the son of Neriah, and sends him with the scroll to the Temple, to share God’s words with the people.

All of the people heard him, as he read on a fast day, when all of the people came to Jerusalem. Amongst the people who heard was Micaiah the son of Gemariah. He is deeply impacted by the reading, and goes to the offices of the king’s scribe to share what he has learned. “And Micaiah told them all the words that he had heard when Baruch read the book in the ears of the people (Jeremiah 36:13).” As a result, Baruch is invited to share the words directly with the officers, and they promise to share them with the king. They bring him the scroll, but after only a few verses, he ends up burning it. The king refuses to listen, so God has Baruch and Jeremiah rewrite the scroll and share it once again. But they’re burnt again, which is effectively the seal on an upcoming major punishment for him. To be continued!

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