Jeremiah dictated the words the Lord gave him and Baruch wrote them down. It was a wearisome job and Baruch complained of it. But at Jeremiah's command, Baruch took the scroll and read it in the temple. Eventually, Jehoiakim, the king, heard of it and commanded that it be read to him.
After every few verses, he cut those verses off the scroll and burned them in his firepot. The scroll was totally destroyed. So the word of the Lord came again to Jeremiah and the scroll was rewritten - again by Baruch, the scribe.
And the Lord pronounced a judgment against the king who had destroyed the scroll. He will bring every judgment He pronounced against them because they have not listened to His words.
Often we are too busy and caught up in our own affairs to listen to the words of the Lord. We go our own way and don't hear Him or His call to righteousness.
But our not hearing is no excuse. We need to be listening for His word to us today.
Open our ears to hear you. Help us to be available to listen and swift to obey.
In Jesus' most precious name.