When Jehudi had read three or four columns, the king cut it with a scribe’s knife and threw it into the fire that was in the brazier, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the brazier. – Jeremiah 36:23
The thought of someone taking the Word of God and cutting it into little pieces is very upsetting. Most of us consider the Bible to be a sacred object, right? Is it possible for us to consider the Bible more sacred than God’s Word? What could I possibly mean by such an assertion?
While we might find it difficult to destroy a Bible (when was the last time you threw one away), we don’t have a whole lot of trouble cutting out the passages we don’t like! In fact, there is no difference between the actions of King Jehoiakim and our own when we choose to ignore any part of God’s truth. In a recent meeting with Bible Society leaders from across the Middle East, I was reminded that the greatest tool in the hand of Christ’s church is His Word in the hearts of each member.
We shouldn’t cut any of it out. Rather, we must take it all in and be effectively shredded (Hebrews 4:12) by its life-transforming truth.
There is much in the Bible against which every instinct of my being rebels, so much that I regret the necessity which has compelled me to read it through from beginning to end. – Helen Keller
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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