Thursday, January 27, 2011

Jeremiah 36

Note: All Scripture quotations found in this article are from the text of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.

This chapter explains the process of the inspiration of the scriptures. If the reader pays close attention, he will see that the word "words" occurs 17 times in the chapter. Please take the time to read the whole chapter.

Jeremiah 36:4 "Then Jeremiah called Baruch the son of Neriah: and Baruch wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the LORD, which he had spoken unto him, upon a roll of a book." 

Inspiration is connected with God's breath according to the below verse.

Job 32:8 "But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." 

Notice in Jeremiah 36:4 that the inspiration deals with the words that are SPOKEN.

2 Peter 1:21 "For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 

In the below verse it says that all scripture is GIVEN BY INSPIRATION OF GOD. Inspiration comes by what is SPOKEN by mouth, not the pen. Jeremiah is not written by Jeremiah, but he spoke what was written, which was wrote by Baruch according to Jeremiah 36:4, 6, 17 and 18. The same could be said for Paul the Apostle and his epistles.

2 Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" 

Also, while we are on 2 Timothy 3:16, understand that Timothy had copies of the scriptures. He did not have the "originals", yet Paul said that the copies that Timothy held in his hands were still "given by the inspiration of God". There is not one reference in the Bible that says the term "scripture" refers to the "originals". That is a myth made up by "Christian" college professors.

This next verse has nothing to do with the topic, but it is good for the Christian to notice. When these men heard the words, which was scripture they were afraid. As Christians, we should keep our hearts tender to the word of God. When we read scripture that rebukes or reproves us we should have the fear of God and take heed to what the scripture says about our sins and short comings.

Jeremiah 36:16 "Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were afraid both one and other, and said unto Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words." 

Back to the study. In verse 23, we see the the "originals" are destroyed by Jehudi by cutting them and then burning them in the fire.

Jeremiah 36:23 "And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth." 

What takes place after the "originals" are burned is called "double inspiration" by most Textus Receptus men that CLAIM they believe the King James Bible, but rather only believe what "the Greek" says.

Jeremiah 36:27 "Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, 28 Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned." 

God says to rewrite the words that were in the first roll. The words wrote in the second roll are still inspired, even though they are not the "originals". Now check out the next verse, which is the last verse in the chapter.

Jeremiah 36:32 "Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words." 

Not only is this roll "double inspired", the second roll doesn't match the first roll because in verse 32, we see that words were added to the roll. We are commanded not to add to God's word like the corrupt new versions do, but since God is the author, He can do what He wants with His word.

In conclusion, we know that the King James Bible is "given by the inspiration of God", even though it is a translated copy. The Greek New Testament quoted the Hebrew Old Testament, yet the translation was still "given by the inspiration of God". Therefore, we know that a translation can be inspired. Also, we know that copies like the ones Timothy held in his hands are "given by the inspiration of God". Today, when you hold a King James Bible, you are holding a copy of the "holy scriptures" in English "given by the inspiration of God".

Don't ever let anyone "educate" you out of believing the King James Bible.