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Jeremiah 36: The Burning Scroll

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Jeremiah.

A writer's greatest fear is that the sole copy of a book manuscript will be destroyed by fire. Once burned up, those thousands of lost words can never be reconstructed. An annoyed king once tossed God's words into the flames. Still the Word of God persists and lives through any fire.

Warming Up to God

Reflect on what God's Word has meant in your life. How is it precious to you?

Read Jeremiah 36

Discovering the Word

  • What was the purpose of the scroll being written and read (vv. 1-10)?
  • What effect did the scroll have on King Jehoiakim's officials (vv. 11-19)?
  • When the king heard the scroll read aloud, how did he react (vv. 20-26)?
  • How would you describe the king's attitude toward God's words?
  • How did God overrule the king's contempt (vv. 27-32)?

Applying the Word

  • Which of God's words do people prefer to "cut out and burn" today?
  • Jeremiah was directed to rewrite the scroll, plus more. That took courage. How can you remind people that God's Word still stands despite the contempt of some?

Responding in Prayer

Praise God that his Word is eternal and can never be destroyed by unbelief or contempt. Pray that you and believers all over the world will stand up for the truth of Scripture.