Jeremiah 45

Jeremiah 45 is a very short five verses and talks about “Baruch, the son of Neriah”.  We don’t think of Baruch as a key figure in scripture, but he certainly was a key part of Jeremiah’s life and the prophecy that God gave through him.  Baruch was Jeremiah’s scribe.  “He wrote these words in a book at the dictation of Jeremiah”.  So the scriptures we have today with Jeremiah’s prophecy came from the pen of Baruch.  This chapter takes place “in the fourth year of Jehoiakim who was king of Judah”.

Jeremiah gets all the attention from his book, but Baruch was an important piece of the story.  He writes down what Jeremiah says, and also has to be the messenger at times as well.  Remember back in Jeremiah 36 when he is told to go to the temple to share God’s prophecy because Jeremiah was banned from entering.  Baruch is a regular guy with a gift for transcribing things, and he has dedicated his life to serving God with his skill by taking every word Jeremiah said and writing it down.  That was a pretty daunting task, because Jeremiah was not a man of few words.

Baruch expresses himself to God here.  “Woe is me! For the Lord has added sorrow to my pain. I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest”.  He is tired.  He has seen his labor be destroyed.  Jehoiakim took his scroll, which he has worked on for years, and burned it bit by bit as it was read.  Can you imagine the frustration he felt?  Baruch shares his frustration openly with the Lord and Jeremiah.  And God replies through Jeremiah.  He basically says ‘I hear you – I know how you feel’.  God knows the evil of the world.  He understands the pain we suffer because of it.  And He cares about how it impacts us.

God gives Baruch a promise which is much more than he could ever do on his own.  God says He is going to be cleaning up things on earth.  Some people and their evil have to go.  But “I will give you your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go”.  Baruch’s reward for his faithful service is that God will be with him and go before him.  What a promise.  God is going to bless this faithful servant with a gift that will be his forever.  Are you walking faithfully with God?  He notices.

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