There have been many kings and rulers throughout history who have tried to suppress the holy scriptures. They have destroyed bibles and other such holy literature, they have sought to punish those responsible for writing and disseminating what ever it is they are trying to ban. But, so far, they have never succeeded for long. I am reminded of the verses in 1 Peter 1:24-25 — As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you. — So it is clear that once you know the word of God, no amount of burnt scrolls will make you forget it. Far from destroying Jeremiah’s work, King Jehoiakim ended up giving him an opportunity to write the words down again, but this time, he enhanced and improved on what he had written the first time.
Jeremiah 36:27-32 NLT
After the king had burned the scroll on which Baruch had written Jeremiah’s words, the Lord gave Jeremiah another message. He said, “Get another scroll, and write everything again just as you did on the scroll King Jehoiakim burned. Then say to the king, ‘This is what the Lord says: You burned the scroll because it said the king of Babylon would destroy this land and empty it of people and animals. Now this is what the Lord says about King Jehoiakim of Judah: He will have no heirs to sit on the throne of David. His dead body will be thrown out to lie unburied—exposed to the heat of the day and the frost of the night. I will punish him and his family and his attendants for their sins. I will pour out on them and on all the people of Jerusalem and Judah all the disasters I promised, for they would not listen to my warnings.’” So Jeremiah took another scroll and dictated again to his secretary, Baruch. He wrote everything that had been on the scroll King Jehoiakim had burned in the fire. Only this time he added much more!
King Jehoiakim destroyed the scroll piece by piece as he heard it read out to him. I often wonder what rulers think they are achieving when they try to control and censor ideas and knowledge. Surely the truth is the truth, even if nobody can read it in a scroll or book. The truth cannot be tortured and killed as if it were a man. God’s truth will last for eternity and will always resurface if it is buried. My goal is to read and learn as much of the Bible as I can, just incase there comes a time when I find I have no bible to turn to. Should that day come, I pray that I would be able to sit down and write of my faith and the Lord’s truth from the store of scripture that he is currently writing into my heart. Maybe I too, would be able to add much more to it, should that day come! Amen.
Jeremiah 35:1-36:32, 1 Timothy 5:1-25, Psalms 89:14-37, Proverbs 25:25-27