Message to Baruch
Verse 1 – The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the instruction of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, saying,
The event relating to this chapter is recorded in chapter 36:1-8. This chapter was written in 605-604 B.C. “These words” is usually linked with the scroll that King Zedekiah burned in chapter 36, but Zedekiah was not king yet when it was written. So then, why not put chapter 42 back closer to chapter 36? Confusing.
Verse 2 – “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch:
Verse 3 – ‘You said, “Woe is me now! For the Lord has added grief to my sorrow. I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.” ‘
Verse 4 – “Thus you shall say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Behold, what I have built I will break down, and what I have planted I will pluck up, that is, this whole land.
Verse 5 – “And do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for behold, I will bring adversity on all flesh,” says the Lord. “But I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go.” ‘ ”
Baruch was from a notable family and was the grandson of Mahseiah, governor of Jerusalem. It’s not clear what great thing he was seeking for himself, but he knew he wouldn’t get much recognition from being Jeremiah’s scribe who only wrote doom and gloom on Judah.
How easy it is to lose sight of the bigger picture, when we take our eyes off the Lord. The serving of a bigger purpose can become a burden when we do this. God told him to take his focus off himself and He would spare his life, and that was the reward.