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January 17 – Responding to the world

“…the king would cut them off with a knife and throw them (God’s Words) into the fire… until the entire scroll was consumed…Jeremiah 36:23                           

Scripture reading: Jeremiah 36:1-32

God’s people are known as the people of the book. The Bible is God’s love letter to us proclaiming the way of salvation through Jesus Christ. The Bible opens up for us Kingdom Life.

Our Scripture meditation today speaks of one who closed his heart to God’s Word. Jehoiakim symbolically testified to his rejection of God’s Word by burning the scroll, literally burning God’s message to him.

Today much of Western society has rejected God’s Word. They give it no attention. Many scorn God’s Holy Word. What about you? Do you hold to the trustworthiness of Scripture from cover to cover? Are there parts of Scripture that we cut out with our “pen-knives”?

May God in His grace give us this ongoing conviction:

He who has once got fairly into the Scriptures can never leave them. The book holds you as a magnet holds a needle, or as a flower holds a bee. If you want great thoughts, read your Bible. If you want something simple, read your Bible. The book talks to us in our own mother tongue. Why should I have to ask another what my Father says?” – C. H. Spurgeon

Suggestions for prayer

Ask the LORD to find us humble before Him and His Word of Promise.

Rev. Peter Vellenga is presently serving as itinerant preacher waiting upon Lord for continued assignment.

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