- Religion and Philosophy
Judah may have had hopes for recovery after the evil reign of Jehoahaz, but their hopes were dashed by the installation of Eliakim, whose name was changed to Jehoiakim.
He ruled with greed, dishonesty, oppression, and injustice, and he actively oppsed the prophets of the Lord including Jeremiah, and he was a godless king.
During the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah, the Lord said to me (Jeremiah) "Jeremiah since the king Josiah was king, I have been speaking to you about Isreal, Judah, and the other nations, now get a scroll and write down everything I have told you, then read it to the people of Judah.
Maybe they will stop sinning when they hear what terrible things I plan for them, and they will turn to me, I will forgive them."
I wrote everything down what the Lord had told me, then I told Baruch to take the scroll to the temple and read it so that the people will hear what the Lord is angry about and how he may punish them if they don't ask for forgiveness.
So Baruch took the scroll to the upper court yard and stood there and read aloud, when one of the king's highest official heard this he went down to the palace and told his father Gemariah of what Baruch had read to the people.
So the they said bring Baruch here and tell him to read from the scroll, which he did, then they said the king needs to hear this, they asked Baruch did someone tell you what to write on this scroll, "Yes, Jeremiah did" I wrote down just what he told me.".
The officials told Baruch that he and Jeremiah must go into hiding, then the officials went into another room where the king was, as this time it was in winter and in the room there was a fire burning, and the king was sitting near it.
After the officials had told the king about the scroll, Jehudi started to read the scroll to the king and as Jehudi had read about three or four columns, the king would tell him to cut them off with a penknife and throw them into the fire, other officials begged the king not to burn the scroll, but he took no notice, he ignored them, and soon there was nothing left of it.
The king told his son Jerahmeel to go and arrest Baruch and Jeremiah but the Lord kept them safe.
Then the Lord told Jeremiah to write down everything that was in the first scroll, and this will be the second scroll.
Then the Lord told him to say to King Jehoiakim: Not only did you burn Jeremiah's scroll, you had the nerve to ask why he had written that the king of Babylonia would attack and ruin the land, killing all the people and even the aniamals. So I, the Lord, promise that you will be killed and your body thrown out on the ground, the sun will beat down on it during the day, and frost will settle on it at night. and none of your descendants will ever be king of Judah.
You, your children, and your servants are evil, and I will punish all of you, I warned you and the people of Judah and Jerusalem that I would bring disaster, but none of you listened, so now you are doomed!.
After the Lord had finished speaking to me, I got another scroll and gave it to Baruch, then I told him what to write, and this second scroll contained more than the first scroll.
The world is still much the same way as the king Jehoiakim was, he did not want to know anything about God, he burned to scroll up in the fire, how many people do much the same now adays, they don't want to listen they prefer to go their own way.
Do people think that they can get away with the way that they are living, all through the ages this has been happening, can't they see that the end will come and then the judgement day to follow, if they are still far from God on that day they will be told "I do not know you" these words are from Jesus.