Day 229: Jefferson and Jehoiakim (Jeremiah 36:27-28)

Display of Jefferson Bible at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Washington DC. Read more about this here.
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. Jeremiah 36:27-28

Through the Bible: Jeremiah 35-37

Thomas Jefferson was a great writer. He is the chief architect of one of the founding documents of our nation, the Declaration of Independence.  

But even the best writers don’t get to write their own Bible. Yet Jefferson attempted to do just that. Like King Jehoiakim in today’s reading, Jefferson took a penknife to the New Testament and cut out any verse that didn’t align with his rational, naturalistic worldview. The result, an 84-page book entitled The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, contains no miracles, no resurrection, and no references to Jesus as the divine Son of God. 

There are parts of the Bible that are hard to obey. There are things that are hard to understand. And there are truths in God’s Word that are inconvenient or make us uncomfortable. But we must always remember that it is God’s Word, not ours. We are accountable to what the Bible says, not to what we wish it said. 

I am so thankful for Jeremiah 36:28, because it reminds me that even after the king burned God’s word, the Lord prompted Jeremiah to write it again. No matter how human beings ignore it, revise it, or discard it, the whole truth of God’s Word will abide forever!

Father, thank You for Your perfect word. Every single word of it! 

Author: James

I pastor Glynwood Baptist Church in Prattville, Alabama. I read a lot, write a little, and drink lots of coffee. I have three callings in life: surrender to Christ, be a husband to Trish, and be the best father/grandfather I can be. Everything else is an assignment, because everything else can be done by someone else.

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