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August 13 - Morning

"In the fourth year of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the Lord:

“Take a scroll and write on it all the words I have spoken to you concerning Israel, Judah and all the other nations from the time I began speaking to you in the reign of Josiah till now. Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, they will each turn from their wicked ways; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin.”

So Jeremiah called Baruch…and while Jeremiah dictated all the words the Lord had spoken to him, Baruch wrote them on the scroll. Then Jeremiah told Baruch,

'I am restricted; I am not allowed to go to the Lord’s temple. So you go to the house of the Lord on a day of fasting and read to the people from the scroll the words of the Lord that you wrote as I dictated'.….

… Baruch son of Neriah did everything Jeremiah the prophet told him to do; at the Lord’s temple he read the words of the Lord from the scroll…
…After Micaiah told them everything he had heard Baruch read to the people from the scroll, all the officials sent Jehudi…to say to Baruch,

‘Bring the scroll from which you have
read to the people and come.’

So Baruch…went to them with the scroll in his hand. They said to him,

‘Sit down, please, and read it to us.’

So Baruch read it to them. When they heard all these words, they looked at each other in fear and said to Baruch,

‘We must report all these words to the king’

…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 36:1-6, 8, 13-17, 23

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Jehoiakim Attempts to Neutralize the Power of God's Word by Burning it in Fire    

The events of Jeremiah 36 take place in the year 604 BC. Nebuchadnezzar had taken Daniel and others back to Babylon in 605. By October 1, 605 Nebuchadnezzar had returned to Syria north of Israel and demanded tribute from Syria and Philistia. Ashkelon had refused to pay the tribute and hoped that Egypt would come assist them in their rebellion. But, instead Ashkelon was utterly and violently destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar early in 604 BC. The remains of this devastation can still be seen in excavations at Ashkelon. (See HERE, HERE and HERE.)

In this tense political atmosphere Jeremiah is told to dictate his prophecy for Baruch, his highly qualified scribe, to record on a scroll. The priests had forbidden Jeremiah to preach in the Temple courtyard or outside the gates of the temple mount (Jeremiah 36:5), so Baruch is sent to read the words of the prophecy during a time of fasting. The public fast may have been ordered because of Nebuchadnezzar’s devastation of Ashkelon which is only about 45 miles away.

The prophecy alarms the people in the temple courts and the news reaches the royal administrators at the palace. Baruch is asked to bring the scroll and read it for the king’s administrators, who are likewise shaken by the words. The scroll is then respectfully taken and read before Jehoiakim, the king of Judah.

Jehoiakim rejects the words and fears their possible “magical” effect. In an attempt to disarm the power of Jeremiah’s written words, the king uses Jehudi’s scribe knife to cut the read portions of the papyrus scroll as Jehudi reads. These pieces of the scroll with words that were believed to contain a dangerous power where burnt in the metal stove that was being used to heat the palace during the cold season of winter. The burning of the words was an attempt to neutralize their force.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“For God loves and enjoys us – and the Divine Will wants us to love and enjoy God in return, and rest in this strength. And all shall be well.”
– Julian of Norwich (1342-1412) wrote in her book “Revelations of Divine Love” (or, “Showings”)
(Read it here; Details here.)

Something to Ponder??

Pope Gregory the Great
(590-604 )

• Founded a monastery before he became pope
• Tried to refuse his appointment to pope by writing a letter
• Considered the first of the medieval popes
• Due to the invading barbarians the western front of the Roman empire was abandoned and moved completely to Constantinople. This left the bishop of the Roman Church to defend the city against the barbarians.
• The bishop of the Roman Church had the resources and the influence to be the only reliable leadership in the western part of the empire.
• Many people had given their land and property to the Roman Church in exchange for the forgiveness of sins so the pope used income from these lands to:

1. Build a military
2. Provide for the poor
3. Pay ransom for people captured by the barbarians
4. Pay for treaties to preserve Rome from barbarian destruction

• Pope Gregory sent missionaries to England.
• The Roman Church began to evangelize the pagan Germanic tribes.
• Gregory simplified the doctrines of the Church so that the new converts from these barbaric lands could understand it and so Christianity could penetrate their culture.
• Gregory made several changes in the Roman Catholic liturgy.
•(He did not institute the “Gregorian Calendar”. This was done in 1582
by Gregory XIII).
• The greatness and influence that Gregory had can be balanced by the definition
he preferred to use when he referred to his position as pope. He called his position “the Servant of the
Servants of God.”

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

‘Ed (Hb) - witness (Eng) - The Hebrew word ‘ed is a technical term used in legal proceedings.
The ‘ed would be the person who witnessed a legal transaction. Boaz calls for an ‘ed in his legal transaction in Ruth 4:7-9 around 1200 BC. By the days of Jeremiah (600 BC) the ‘ed would sign their name or affix their seal to a document as in Jeremiah 32:12. Laban calls God as his ‘ed in
Genesis 31:50 when he negotiates with Jacob.


The city of Mari was excavated in 1933. Royal documents from Mari, called the Mari Letters, refer to cities that are also mentioned in the Bible from the same time period:


The personal names, also matching early biblical names were also found in the Mari


(Map HERE. Details HERE.)
(More HERE)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Today I will try to listen to others speak.
I will spend time listening to what they are saying
and what they want me to hear.
  "Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard."
- Proverbs 13:15
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
1 Kings 19 Zechariah 2 (520-519 BC) Jeremiah 23-24
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Success in what
you do

Avoid compromise


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Toni looks at the Zion Gate on the south wall of the Old City Jerusalem.

Solomon's kingdom according to 1 Kings 4:20-28 identified on a map.

Solomon's kingdom according to 1 Kings 4:20-28 identified
on a map.

Toni looks at the Zion Gate on the south wall of the Old City Jerusalem.
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