An old posting on www.todayintheword.com really illustrates today’s passage:
“Try to imagine the following headline: “President Rips Up Constitution in Front of Cabinet Members!” In the United States, even if a president or other official disagrees with points in the Constitution, it is still respected and upheld. It would be ludicrous for anyone to believe that simply by ripping the Constitution into little pieces its validity was nullified.”
This is however what King Jehoiakim attempts to do in today’s passage. He saw parts of God’s Word that he didn’t like and attempted to scissor it and burn it. But God’s Word will withstand all the censorship and destruction that history can throw at it. The atheist Voltaire once boasted that in 100 years the Bible would be obsolete. Voltaire not only epicly failed in his prediction, but 50 years after his death the Geneva Bible Society moved into his former house and used his printing presses to print thousands of Bibles.
The Word of God is fireproof. It can survive attempts to destroy it… but also our vain attempts to file off some of its jagged edges… to make it more user-friendly for the 21st century. Learn the lesson of Jehoiakim and heed the words of writer, A. W. Tozer: “If you would follow on to know the Lord, come at once to the open Bible expecting it to speak to you. Do not come with the notion that it is a thing which you may push around at your convenience. It is more than a thing, it is a voice, a word, the very Word of the Living God.” (A. W. Tozer,The Pursuit of God, p. 82.)