God had given Jeremiah a message of judgement against king Jehoiakim. After the scribe had read three or four leaves, the king not liking what he heard, grabbed the scroll and cut it in to pieces. Then he threw it into the fire — burning the Word of God.
I went on to explain that in chapter 22 Jeremiah had described Jehoiakim’s funeral, “Therefore thus saith the Lord in regard to Jehoiakim the son of Josiah the king of Judah…he will be buried with a donkey’s burial, dragged off and thrown out beyond the gates of Jerusalem.”
After about twenty minutes of elaboration I closed with the words, “I doubt there is one person in this building who would burn the Word of God. But if your Bible is lying in a horizontal position on the coffee table 24 hours a day — if you never pick it up and read it — you may as well throw it in the fire and burn it.”
As people were leaving the building a woman approached me and said, “Sir, I really did not enjoy that message very much at all.” I replied, “That’s alright ma’am, the devil didn’t like it either.”