The word of God must be approached, and received, with a receptive heart. It must be met with a life that is willing to be molded and led. But if there is a stubborn soul, one consumed with self-assurance, and conceit, then God’s message with be unable to penetrate the wall of pride. And this was the case in Jeremiah 36, when a king was un-phased because he did not want to hear from the Lord. Judah’s dire situation should have humbled the king of Judah. Instead, it enraged him, and maddened him. The king became so bitter, so cold, that there was no impulse to trust and believe in the Lord. The point being, when we have a circumstantial faith we have an unbalanced life – one that is critical of divine goodness, and ignorant of our foolishness, and selfishness.
Jeremiah 36:22-24 “It was the ninth month and the king was sitting in the winter apartment, with a fire burning in the firepot in front of him. 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. The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (8/5/2019)