Jeremiah 36, 45 & Psalm 9

Jeremiah 36

    In the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah until today. It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the disaster that I intend to do to them, so that every one may turn from his evil way, and that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.”

    Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah, and Baruch wrote on a scroll at the dictation of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD that he had spoken to him. And Jeremiah ordered Baruch, saying, “I am banned from going to the house of the LORD, so you are to go, and on a day of fasting in the hearing of all the people in the LORD's house you shall read the words of the LORD from the scroll that you have written at my dictation. You shall read them also in the hearing of all the men of Judah who come out of their cities. It may be that their plea for mercy will come before the LORD, and that every one will turn from his evil way, for great is the anger and wrath that the LORD has pronounced against this people.” And Baruch the son of Neriah did all that Jeremiah the prophet ordered him about reading from the scroll the words of the LORD in the LORD's house.

    In the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, all the people in Jerusalem and all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem proclaimed a fast before the LORD. Then, in the hearing of all the people, Baruch read the words of Jeremiah from the scroll, in the house of the LORD, in the chamber of Gemariah the son of Shaphan the secretary, which was in the upper court, at the entry of the New Gate of the LORD's house.

    When Micaiah the son of Gemariah, son of Shaphan, heard all the words of the LORD from the scroll, he went down to the king's house, into the secretary's chamber, and all the officials were sitting there: Elishama the secretary, Delaiah the son of Shemaiah, Elnathan the son of Achbor, Gemariah the son of Shaphan, Zedekiah the son of Hananiah, and all the officials. And Micaiah told them all the words that he had heard, when Baruch read the scroll in the hearing of the people. Then all the officials sent Jehudi the son of Nethaniah, son of Shelemiah, son of Cushi, to say to Baruch, “Take in your hand the scroll that you read in the hearing of the people, and come.” So Baruch the son of Neriah took the scroll in his hand and came to them. And they said to him, “Sit down and read it.” So Baruch read it to them. When they heard all the words, they turned one to another in fear. And they said to Baruch, “We must report all these words to the king.” Then they asked Baruch, “Tell us, please, how did you write all these words? Was it at his dictation?” Baruch answered them, “He dictated all these words to me, while I wrote them with ink on the scroll.” Then the officials said to Baruch, “Go and hide, you and Jeremiah, and let no one know where you are.”

    So they went into the court to the king, having put the scroll in the chamber of Elishama the secretary, and they reported all the words to the king. Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the secretary. And Jehudi read it to the king and all the officials who stood beside the king. 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. 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. Yet neither the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words was afraid, nor did they tear their garments. Even when Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. 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.

    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: “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. 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?” 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. And I will punish him and his offspring and his servants for their iniquity. I will bring upon them and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem and upon the people of Judah all the disaster that I have pronounced against them, but they would not hear.’”

    Then Jeremiah took another scroll and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah, who wrote on it at the dictation of Jeremiah all the words of the scroll that Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire. And many similar words were added to them.

(Jeremiah 36 ESV)


Jeremiah 45

    The word that Jeremiah the prophet spoke to Baruch the son of Neriah, when he wrote these words in a book at the dictation of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah: “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch: You said, ‘Woe is me! For the LORD has added sorrow to my pain. I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.’ Thus shall you say to him, Thus says the LORD: Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up—that is, the whole land. And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the LORD. But I will give you your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go.”

(Jeremiah 45 ESV)

Psalm 9

 To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.

    I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
        I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
    I will be glad and exult in you;
        I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
    
    
    When my enemies turn back,
        they stumble and perish before your presence.
    For you have maintained my just cause;
        you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
    
    
    You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
        you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
    The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
        their cities you rooted out;
        the very memory of them has perished.
    
    
    But the LORD sits enthroned forever;
        he has established his throne for justice,
    and he judges the world with righteousness;
        he judges the peoples with uprightness.
    
    
    The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
        a stronghold in times of trouble.
    And those who know your name put their trust in you,
        for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
    
    
    Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion!
        Tell among the peoples his deeds!
    For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
        he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
    
    
    Be gracious to me, O LORD!
        See my affliction from those who hate me,
        O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
    that I may recount all your praises,
        that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
        I may rejoice in your salvation.
    
    
    The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
        in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
    The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
        the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah
    
    
    The wicked shall return to Sheol,
        all the nations that forget God.
    
    
    For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
        and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
    
    
    Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail;
        let the nations be judged before you!
    Put them in fear, O LORD!
        Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah

(Psalm 9 ESV)



The Lord of Nations

If we were to recount all the wonderful things that God has done out of sheer grace then we would find Him more than worthy of our wholehearted thanks. Our hearts ought to rejoice as we praise God for who He is. His name is greater than all names, and His ways higher than all ways.

Those who oppose God will stumble and perish in His presence. He is the one who upholds justice and sits on the throne of sovereign righteous judgement. God rebukes nations. God makes the wicked perish. God blots out the names of evil forever and ever. Our Lord sits enthroned forever judging the world with righteousness and uprightness.

Our Lord is a stronghold for all the oppressed in times of trouble. And those who know the power of His great name place all their hope and trust in Him. For God never forsakes those who sincerely seek Him. He avenges the blood of the afflicted. He lifts us up from the pits of death. May God keep us mindful of His love and grace that we may rejoice in the salvation found only in Him.

All nations destroy themselves through their own evils. They become a snare to themselves as God gives them over to their own corruption. However, there is hope for the poor in spirit. Those in need will not be forgotten. May our Lord arise and humble the nations before Him. May God place all nations in fear of His majesty and power, and may they tremble as lowly men before the Almighty God.