God tells Jeremiah to prepare a scroll with all of the words the Lord has spoken to him. So Jeremiah has Baruch, a scribe, write the scroll. Then Jeremiah instructs Baruch to read the scroll “in the hearing of the people in the Lord’s house on the day of fasting”.
When Judah’s officials hear the words they take the scroll to Jehoiakam who tears it up and burns it. Jehoiakam now wants to seize Baruch and Jeremiah but the Lord hid them. So the Lord has Jeremiah and Baruch prepare another scroll and He says concerning Jehoiakam, “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”.
At the hearing of these words Baruch says “Woe is me!”. See Baruch was hoping for personal success, not suffering. So the Lord tells Baruch not to seek great things for himself but “I will give your life to you as a prize in all places, wherever you go”.
Jeremiah goes on to announce judgment against other nations. But the Lord gives great hope for His people. ”’I will save you from afar, and your offspring from the land of their captivity; Jacob shall return, have rest and be at ease; No one shall make him afraid. Do not fear, O Jacob My servant,’ says the Lord, ‘For I am with you; For I will make a complete end of all the nations to which I have driven you, but I will not make a complete end of you.
I will rightly correct you, for I will not leave you wholly unpunished.’”
Tomorrow we exit the Divided Kingdom Era 🎉and enter the Captivity Era ⛓ so keep reading.
(Jeremiah 25:15-38, Jeremiah 36:1-32, Jeremiah 45:1-46:28)