Sunday, September 5, 2010
Have you ever forgotten to hit "Save" and you lost it all?
In today's reading Jermiah undertakes a long and tedious task. God tells him to write down all the warnings that God had spoken to him way back from the start.
To make it a little easier, he gets a scribe to write it all down. But remember, this is ink on parchment. The task is long and ardous.
Once completed, it is on a long scroll.
Follow the story...
1 "During the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king in Judah,[d] the Lord gave this message to Jeremiah: 2 “Get a scroll, and write down all my messages against Israel, Judah, and the other nations. Begin with the first message back in the days of Josiah, and write down every message, right up to the present time. 3 Perhaps the people of Judah will repent when they hear again all the terrible things I have planned for them. Then I will be able to forgive their sins and wrongdoings.”
4 So Jeremiah sent for Baruch son of Neriah, and as Jeremiah dictated all the prophecies that the Lord had given him, Baruch wrote them on a scroll. 5 Then Jeremiah said to Baruch, “I am a prisoner here and unable to go to the Temple. 6 So you go to the Temple on the next day of fasting, and read the messages from the Lord that I have had you write on this scroll."
The religious leaders take it seriously, and decide to go to the king and read it to him. It is cold, so he is sitting in front of the fireplace.
21 "The king sent Jehudi to get the scroll. Jehudi brought it from Elishama’s room and read it to the king as all his officials stood by. 22 It was late autumn, and the king was in a winterized part of the palace, sitting in front of a fire to keep warm. 23 Each time Jehudi finished reading three or four columns, the king took a knife and cut off that section of the scroll. He then threw it into the fire, section by section, until the whole scroll was burned up. 24 Neither the king nor his attendants showed any signs of fear or repentance at what they heard. 25 Even when Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah begged the king not to burn the scroll, he wouldn’t listen."
All that work!
All that memory!
All that tedious writing on parchment, and carefully rolling it up neatly.