‘the seed of Abraham continues to persecute Christ’

The burning of books is not new in the Bible. In the 19th chapter of Acts we find the Apostle Paul in Ephesus on his third missionary journey. The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is spreading with authority and his name is being magnified.

The scriptures tell us “that many that believed cam and confessed and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together and burned them before all men and they counted the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver”. Quite a testimony to the transforming work of the gospel.

In this we see that the heart that is transformed by the word of God repents and confesses it’s sin and destroys that sin publicly.

Another case of burning a book of sorts is found in the days of Jeremiah. Jeremiah was shut up and could not go into the house of the Lord, so he sent Baruch to read the word of the Lord into the ears of Jehudi. So the king (Jehoiakim) sent Jehudi to fetch the roll (scriptures)  and to read it to him and all the princes which stood beside the king.

So when the king heard of the pending judgement, he was not afraid not rent his garments , but took the scroll and cut it with a penknife and through it in the hearth until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.

Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah after the king had burned the roll and he wrote another roll and wrote in tit all the former words that were in the first roll which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned.

The lesson we learn from this incident is that mans wilful rejection of God’s word and even the burning of the scroll in the hearth of fire, does not change the pending outcome. The word of God is true and cannot be consumed by fire.

JERUSALEM (AP) — Orthodox Jews set fire to hundreds of copies of the New Testament in the latest act of violence against Christian missionaries in the Holy Land. USAToday on MyYahoo

What we learn from the buring of the New Testament in Jerusalem is not only the latest of blatant attacks against the body of Christ by the seed of Abraham, but a testimony of a wilful rejection of God’s word. You see my friend you can tell a lot about a people and a society by the way they handle the word of God.

What does this tell us about America?