The Imperishable Word

“As Jehudi read three or four columns, the king cut it with a scribe’s knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.”

— Jeremiah 36:23

In the days of Jeremiah the prophet, Jehoiakim, an evil king, did not like hearing the Word of God. So he burned it. No other writings in history have been so intensely and consistently vilified over such a period of time as have the Scriptures. Even during the Old Testament period, the evil Jewish king Manasseh attempted to destroy all of the writings of the Scriptures. Yet, twenty years later, his grandson, Josiah, found a copy of the Scriptures hidden in the temple, and with that discovery began a great spiritual revival.

In 303 A.D., the Roman emperor Diocletian instituted another of the long line of terrible persecutions against the Christians and ordered all copies of the Scriptures to be burned. Ten years later, the Emperor Constantine issued the Edict of Toleration. Twenty-five years after Diocletian’s order to destroy the Scriptures, Constantine officially ordered the historian Eusebius to produce numerous copies of the Bible for the Roman Empire.

Voltaire, who died in 1778, said that within 100 years of his death Christianity would have become extinct. One hundred years after Voltaire died, an original copy of the writings of Voltaire sold for $0.11 while that same year a manuscript of the Bible sold for $500,000. The Word of God will stand forever.

Almighty God, it could only be by Your power that the Bible has escaped destruction. It is still under attack. Thank You for Your watching over Your Word as You watch over Your people…