No government can outsmart the Lord

Jeremiah Bible Background

11.03.2016 – Old Testament: Jer 36.26

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 36–37 on November 3, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord used Jeremiah to speak to the king of Judah and to the nation, as well as Jerusalem, that they all needed to repent, lest the Lord send the Babylonians against them, who would then take most of the survivors to Babylon as captives. However, when Jeremiah preached these things, it did not please the government, and on one occasion the king took Jeremiah’s original writings, cut them up with a knife, and threw them into the fire. Then the king ordered Jeremiah and his scribed arrested, but the Lord stepped in,

And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son, Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to seize Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet, but the LORD hid them (Jeremiah 36.26). 

After that, the Lord had Jeremiah rewrite what the king destroyed and added more material to it. The king thought he could get rid of Jeremiah and his writings, and the king thought that he could capture Jeremiah and Baruch, but the king did not know the Lord, for if the king had, he never would have entertained such ideas.


  • Have you tried to outsmart the Lord?
  • Were you successful?

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