Message of the Scroll
Verse 1 – Now it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, that this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying,
This happened in the summer of 605 B.C., shortly after Nebuchadnezzar’s victory over the Egyptian army at Carchemish, before the events recorded in chapters 34 and 35.
Verse 2 – “Take a scroll of a book and write on it all the words I have spoken to you against Israel, against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah even to this day.
Verse 3 – “It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the adversities which I purpose to bring upon them, that everyone may turn from his evil way, that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.”
God wanted Jeremiah to record all the revelations from twenty-two years past. Most of the people in ancient times could neither read nor write, so these writings were read allowed to show the people everything God said had come to pass.
Verse 4 – Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah; and Baruch wrote on a scroll of a book, at the instruction of Jeremiah, all the words of the Lord which He had spoken to him.
After the exile, scribes became teachers of the law. In the New Testament times, the scribes formed a powerful political party and took advantage of the people.
Verse 5 – And Jeremiah commanded Baruch, saying, “I am confined, I cannot go into the house of the Lord.
Verse 6 – “You go, therefore, and read from the scroll which you have written at my instruction, the words of the Lord, in the hearing of the people in the Lord’s house on the day of fasting. And you shall also read them in the hearing of all Judah who come from their cities.
Verse 7 – “It may be that they will present their supplication before the Lord, and everyone will turn from his evil way. For great is the anger and the fury that the Lord has pronounced against this people.”
When God’s anointed Word goes out among the people, it has the power to break stony hearts and faith comes by hearing.
Verse 8 – And Baruch the son of Neriah did according to all that Jeremiah the prophet commanded him reading from the book the words of the Lord in the Lord’s house.
Verse 9 – Now it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the Lord to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem.
A time of fasting when the people abstained from eating food to show their humility and repentance, was often called during a time of national emergency. Babylon was destroying city after city and closing in on Jerusalem. As the people came to the temple, Baruch told them how to avert the coming judgment, but they refused to listen.
They fasted, but without repentance, which does absolutely no good. Actions without a changed heart is useless.
Verse 10 – Then Baruch read from the book the word of Jeremiah in the house of the Lord, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the scribe, in the upper court at the entry of the New Gate of the Lord’s house, in the hearing of the people.
Verse 11 – When Michaiah the son of Gemariah, the son of Shaphan, heard all the words of the Lord from the book,
Verse 12 – he then went down to the king’s house, into the scribes chamber; and there all the princes were sitting – Elishama the scribe, Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, Elnathan the son of Achor, Gemariah the son of Shaphan, Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the princes.
Verse 13 – Then Michaiah declared to them all the words that he had heard when Baruch read the book in the hearing of the people.
Verse 14 – Therefore all the princes sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, the son of Shelemiah, the son of Cushi, to Baruch saying, “Take in your hand the scroll from which you have read in the hearing of the people, and come.” So Baruch the son of Neriah took the scroll in his hand and came to them.
Verse 15 – And they said to him, “Sit down now, and read it in our hearing.” So Baruch read it in their hearing.
Verse 16 – Now it happened, when they had heard all the words, that they looked in fear from one to another, and said to Baruch, “We will surely tell the king all the words.”
Verse 17 – And they asked Baruch, saying, “Tell us now, how did you write these words – at his instruction?”
Verse 18 – So Baruch answered them, “He proclaimed with his mouth all these words to me, and I wrote them with ink in the book.”
Verse 19 – Then the princes said to Baruch, “Go and hide, you and Jeremiah; and let no one know where you are.”
These princes seemed to believer what Jeremiah had written, but they were obligated to tell the king. It was the opposite of what the king had been saying, so they knew he wouldn’t be pleased and would probably order the death of Jeremiah and Baruch. They didn’t want the same thing that happened to Uriah the prophet to happen to them.
Verse 20 – And they went to the king, into the court; but they stored the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the hearing of the king.
Verse 21 – So the king sent Jehudi to bring the scroll, and he took it from Elishama the scribe’s chamber. And Jehudi read it in the hearing of the king and in the hearing of all the princes who stood beside the king.
Verse 22 – Now the king was sitting in the winter house in the ninth month, with a fire burning on the hearth before him.
Verse 23 – And it happened, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that the king cut it with the scribe’s knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.
Verse 24 – Yet they were not afraid, nor did they tear their garments, the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words.
Verse 25 – Nevertheless Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah implored the king not to burn the scroll; but he would not listen to them.
Have you ever watched or heard someone openly defy God as you stood in fear for them. I’ve seen this several times to more than one person . One, completely and totally rejected the gospel and I watched as they took a turn towards drugs and ended up living in their car. The other didn’t want to hear anything, about God, and soon after that lost their business and was diagnosed with cancer and soon died. It never turns out good when you openly mock God.
Verse 26 – And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to seize Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the Lord hid them.
Verse 27 – Now after the king had burned the scroll with the words which Baruch had written at the instruction of Jeremiah, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying:
Verse 28 – “Take yet another scroll, and write on it all the former words that were in the first scroll which Jehoiakim the king of Judah has burned.
Verse 29 – “And you shall say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, ‘Thus says the Lord: “You have burned the scroll, saying, ‘Why have you written in it that the king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land, and cause man and beast to cease from here?’ ”
Here is what is not explained in these verses: If Jeremiah and Baruch were hidden, and they were, who took the new scrolls to the king to be read? Maybe Jehoiakim never knew what was about to happen.
Verse 30 – Therefore thus says the Lord concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: “He shall have no one to sit on the throne of David, and his dead body shall be cast out to the heat of the day and the frost of night.
Jehoiakim only reigned 3 months also. Jehoiakim wasn’t even given a proper burial, he was thrown out in the street like garbage.
Verse 31 – “I will punish him, his family, and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring on them, on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and on the men of Judah all the doom that I have pronounced against them; but they did not heed.” ‘ ”
Verse 32 – Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah, who wrote on it at the instruction of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire. And besides, there were added to them many similar words.
And the lesson we can take from all this: “Don’t reject or mess around with God’s written word!” It won’t do any good, they will still come to pass.