Hiding from the Word of God Does not Hide You

“La la la la , I can’t hear you!” I think we all have seen a child, or an adult being silly, pretending not to hear something he or she does not want to think about. But, I also think we all know that this does not work in real issues of real life.


In the days of the prophet Jeremiah, a king of Judah tried to play this game, not with an annoying advisor, but with the word of God. And the Lord let him know this would not work.


Jeremiah 36:22-30


22 It was the ninth month, and the king was sitting in the winter house, and there was a fire burning in the fire pot before him. 23 As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king would cut them off with a knife and throw them into the fire in the fire pot, until the entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the fire pot. 24 Yet neither the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words was afraid, nor did they tear their garments. 25 Even when Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. 26 And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son and Seraiah the son of Azriel and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel to seize Baruch the secretary and Jeremiah the prophet, but the LORD hid them.

27 Now after the king had burned the scroll with the words that Baruch wrote at Jeremiah’s dictation, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 28 “Take another scroll and write on it all the former words that were in the first scroll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah has burned. 29 And concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah you shall say, ‘Thus says the LORD, You have burned this scroll, saying, “Why have you written in it that the king of Babylon will certainly come and destroy this land, and will cut off from it man and beast?” 30 Therefore thus says the LORD concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah: He shall have none to sit on the throne of David, and his dead body shall be cast out to the heat by day and the frost by night.


Jehoiakim did not like the word of God. Jeremiah had been inspired to speak the truth of the Lord to warn the people and to call them to repentance. Part of that truth was the fact that the nation would be taken by the Babylonian Empire for several decades. But since the king hated that word, he burned the scroll on which it was written in the fire.


But the Lord makes it abundantly clear that Jehoiakim cannot avoid the plan of God simply by ignoring his word. And, if we are wise, we will realize that we also cannot avoid the truth of the word of God simply by ignoring what was written. God is over all. God’s word tells us of the Lord and his ways. You can ignore that word if you wish, but you cannot change the truth of who the Lord is or what the Lord requires or what the Lord will do.


May we be wise enough not to pretend that we cannot hear the Lord. Instead, may we be honest enough to consider the word, submit to the truth of God, and surrender to the Lord and his ways.