“Then the king sent Jehudi to get the scroll, and he took it from the chamber of Elishama the secretary. And Jehudi read it to the king and all the officials who stood beside the king. It was the ninth month, and the king was sitting in the winter house, and there was a fire burning in the fire pot before him. As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king would cut them off with a knife and throw them into the fire in the fire pot, until the entire scroll was consumed in the fire that was in the fire pot. Yet neither the king nor any of his servants who heard all these words was afraid, nor did they tear their garments. Even when Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. And the king commanded Jerahmeel the king’s son and Seraiah the son of Azriel and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel to seize Baruch the secretary and Jeremiah the prophet, but the Lord hid them.”
Jer 36:21 — 26
Jeremiah dictated all God’s prophecy against Judah at this point in order to offer the nation’s leaders an opportunity to repent.
The leaders had banned Jeremiah from the temple because he pronounced God’s prophecies against the people’s worship of the temple. He sent Baruch, his secretary to give the message. The attitude of the leaders was so rebellious they rejected even Baruch presenting the prophecies. They had one of the king’s “yes men” read the judgements instead. As the judgements of God were read they cut out & destroyed the prophecies. The hearts of these leaders were corrupt. We learn from many accounts both Biblical and non-Biblical that the prophecies God pronounced on Judah happened as God promised because the Jewish leaders chose destruction over repentance & reconciliation to God.
Even after all Israel, Samaria and Judah had done against God, rejecting His grace and mercy, He was still offering them a path that wouldn’t lead to destruction if they would repent and turn to Him as God, turning away from all idols and false gods. They weren’t humble before God in this and paid the price for their rebellion.
God’s grace is available to everyone today. He made a way for His holiness and justice to be satisfied against our rebellion and yet draw us close to Him in forgiveness. That way is the sacrificial death of His Son, Jesus. There is nothing that will keep God from forgiving you if you seek it based on His terms. He is chasing after you, trying to get you to let go of your pride, anger, hurt, arrogance … whatever comes between you and His forgiveness. Destruction is real; some will experience it. I hope you will find the eternal blessing of a relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel through Jesus. He is good and desires to bless everyone with eternal life instead of the eternal damnation that results from our rebellion.