‘a word that can not die’

Believers may be nailed to a stake, chained in a prison cell, or locked in stockades. Believers may even die. Yet the gospel lives on.       vom-extreme devotion

In 605 B.C. the first year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign and the year that Daniel and others were taken to Babylon, that God told Jeremiah to take thee a roll of a book and write therein all the words that God had spoken to him. So Jeremiah called Barauch and he wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the Lord which Jeremiah had spoken unto him. Jeremiah 36

As the words of the scroll began to be read among the people, the king sent and had Jehudi fetch the scroll and read it in the ears of the king and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king.

When Jehudi read the words in the ear of the king, he cut it with a pen knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consume in the fire.

What we see in King Jehoiakim, is a spirit that has existed since the beginning of time, and that a spirit that desires nothing more than to destroy the word of God. It is the same spirit that we manifest itself in the serpent in the garden, “yea, hath God said?” We see this same spirit handed down through the ages yet it is manifested in the arm of the flesh, a man if you please, and that spirit wants to destroy the word of God.

Now at this juncture of the story, King Jehoaikim probably was thinking in the recesses of his mind, “I have shut the word of God up”? but this was not the case at all. God told Jeremiah to take another scroll and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll which Jehoiakim the king of Judah had burned.

God’s word can not be burned. His word is not quenched if His messengers are chained in a prison cell or locked in stockades, or even killed. His word is alive, sharper than a two-edged sword piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and the spirit and is a discerner of the thoughts and the intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes  of Him with whom we have to do. Man can not shut the mouth of God.


I confess that flesh and blood must needs think this is a very hard saying; though they might consent to acknowledge it a duty, and a reasonable thing to die for Christ, and a note of excellency, and a commendable qualification of some few extraordinary saints, yet it goes down very hard with them that it should be the lowest measure of saving grace, and that the weakest Christian must have it that will be saved: for, say they, what can the strongest do more than die for Christ? But to this I answer: There is no room for objections against so plain a word of God. It is the wisdom of God, and not our reason, that disposeth of the crown of life; and therefore it is His wisdom, and not our reason, that must determine how we shall attain it. And if God said plainly, that “if any man come to Christ, and hate not his own life, (that is, love it not so much less than Christ, that for His sake he can use it as a hated thing is used) he cannot be His disciple,” Luke 14:26; it is too late for the vote of man, or all the clamor of foolish reason, to recall this resolution. The Word of God will stand when they have talked against it never so long: we may destroy ourselves by dashing against it, but we cannot destroy or frustrate it.

The above work was taken from his Treatise on Self-Denial from The Practical Works of Richard Baxter.

Richard Baxter was an English Puritan pastor who lived from 1615 – 169l.