“Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire.” (Jeremiah 36:23, NIV)
Jeremiah and Baruch proclaimed God’s word, but King Jehoiakim rejected it completely. The king was punished for his wickedness, but Jeremiah and Baruch faithfully obeyed. They rewrote the message that Jehoiakim had burned.
Our job is to declare God’s truth, whether or not it is accepted. It’s easy to quit, when no one seems to listen. It’s tempting to water down the truth, when people refuse to heed. And yet, we are charged to “preach the word…correct, rebuke and encourage” (2 Timothy 4:2), and to “hold out the word of life” (Philippians 2:16). To be faithful “sowers”, regardless of the condition of the “soil”. (Matthew 13)
God, give us the courage of Jeremiah and Baruch, so that we will proclaim Your word. Will You show us when to speak, and what to say? Open the ears of those who hear, too, so that they can accept Your truth. We love You, Lord, and we want to be faithful to You. Amen.