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Monday, May 18, 2009

Bible Stories - Jeremiah Speaks to the King

By Julia Shipley

One day God spoke to Jeremiah and said, "Jeremiah,
take a roll of a book and write in it all the words that I have spoken
to you. Perhaps when the people hear again of the evil that must come
upon them unless they turn from their sins, they will be sorry and I
may forgive them."

Jeremiah called a man named Baruch to help
him. He dictated to him the words of the Lord, and Baruch wrote them
down in ink in a great scroll. It took him a long time to do this, for
it was all written by hand. When it was all finished, Jeremiah sent
Baruch to the temple to read it to the people who gathered there. Some
listened and feared. Finally some men asked if it could be read before
the king.

The king was sitting in his palace. Some of his
servants were sitting with him as the message from the scroll was read
to him. The scribe read about the judgements that would come upon them
if they did not repent and turn to the Lord. He has only read a little
bit of it when the king snatched it out of his hand, cut it into pieces
with his penknife and threw it into the fire that was burning on the
hearth.

He repeated this until the whole scroll was burned up.
Three of his servants begged him not to burn it, but he would not
listen to them. When his father good King Josiah, had heard the Word of
God for the first time, he tore his clothing with fear and sorrow. But
his son did not fear God and neither did his servants. None of them
were fearful as the copy of God's Word was burned.

Perhaps the
king thought that by destroying this copy, he could keep it from coming
to pass: but God watched over His Word. The king tried to take Jeremiah
and Baruch prisoners, but the Lord hid them. Then the word of the Lord
came again to Jeremiah, "Take another roll and write again all the
words that were in the first roll. And say to the king, "All this
punishment and more shall come upon you." So they wrote the scroll
again and many other words to it.

Julia
Shipley is a committed Christian worshiping and serving in her local
church. She has a heart for the young children and the youth believing
the word of God is the final authority. Proverbs 22:6 tells us to
"Train a child in the way that they should go: And when they are old
they will not depart from it."

I believe that we should be
teaching our children about the Word of the Lord. It is foundational
for life. For information regarding Sunday school lessons and other Bible stories


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