- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 36
Jeremiah, Baruch and Jeremiah’s scrolls.
The background of the story in chapter 36 was the time of the first invasion of Babylonia, and when Jeremiah was confined in Jerusalem. God spoke to Jeremiah to write all the words, oracles, on a scroll God has spoken to Jeremiah from the time of King Josiah until the time of the fourth year of King Jehoiakim, (605 BC).
Jeremiah asked Baruch, his secretary, to read it before the royal office, and finally the scroll was brought up to King Jehoiakim to read. The King tear the scrolls and burned them in the fire. Why? The oracles were God’s warning against the way the King and his official, and the people of Judah did before God.
But Jeremiah directed Baruch to write the oracle on the other scrolls. Using the destruction of the scroll as a symbol, Jeremiah announced the similar kind of death that King Jejoiakim would die with no heir.
The prophetic word of God cannot be cancelled by human actions. The sins of the king are also the sins of the people, and the prophetic word of God would be realized against them also. Jerusalem fell by Babylonia in 586BC, with people carried away to exile.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?