Respect God’s Word

May 2, 2015


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SCRIPTURE

Each time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king {Jehoiakim} took a knife and cut off that section of the scroll. He then threw it into the fire, section by section, until the whole scroll was burned up. Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard.

~Jeremiah 36:23-24, NLT

QUOTE

If the study of God’s word does not change the way you think and live; either you are perfect or you are not studying correctly.

~John W. Hoover

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jeremiahprophets11Repentance may be old fashioned but as long as there is sin, there will be a need for repentance. Jehoiakim, king of Judah, had no respect for the word of God. Jeremiah was divinely inspired, God spoke through Jeremiah and Baruch delivered the message to those at the temple. Jeremiah had written his message on a scroll. The scribes were moved by the words on the scroll. They told Baruch to inform Jeremiah that they were going to show these words to the king and they should go into hiding. The king was in his palace sitting in front of a fire place. The scribe Jehudi began to read and each time he finished a section, Jehoiakim took a scribe knife and cut off the part that had been read and threw it in the fire. Do you rip a page out of your bible when you come across a passage that is convicting? Long story short, Jehoiakim burned the entire scroll.

God told Jeremiah to write a second scroll which he did and this time, it was a personal message for the rebellious king. It started out like this: King Jehoiakim, this is what the LORD says…[1] You will have no heirs to sit on the throne of Judah. [2] When you die, there will not be a funeral. They will no so much as bury your body: it will be exposed to the elements. [3] Your rebellion will bring suffering and sorrow on your family. [4] Your rebellion will cause the nation of Judah to suffer.

How does God’s word affect you? When was the last time His word lead you to repentance? Until we stop sinning, we do not need to stop repenting. While I was serving a church my senior year in college, the chairman of the deacon said to me one Sunday as he departed, “Preacher, I was convicted today. I am going to have to make some changes.”  That kind of talk is music to a preachers ears.

TODAY WE PRAY FOR STUDENTS

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  • Mrs. Irene Pope was promoted yesterday evening around 3:00. I’m fairly confident the COLS and visitation will be Monday. This is Robert’s Mom and many of you know Jane Knight who taught 4th grade at Danville for almost 40 years. Robert has four sisters: Dana, June, Jane, Judy. All but Judy were school teachers: I think.
  • I am blessed: got to study all morning yesterday and work outside all evening. I am really thankful to be up and about and I love the weather.
  • GOLDEN GIRLS this morning at 9:30 a.m. {Big Mama, don’t let me forget}
  • Tomorrow schedule is normal except no deacon’s meeting. LORD willing I will be preaching on the RESURRECTION in the am service and the GREAT COMMISSION is the evening. Joe David will preach on Mother’s Day at my request.

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