California Governor Jerry Brown and their legislature have written a bill with language that will show hostility toward the sale of the Bible in that state. What will come next -- ban Christian churches, then Christians, then ramp up the persecution of Christians? How can this be happening in America?
This reminds me of old King Jehoiakim in Jeremiah 36:20-25 who took Jeremiah’s scroll and threw it into the fire, thereby, showing hostility toward the Book. The king had an opportunity to hear the word of God and conform his life to it; but instead of making restitution for past sins and adjusting his present life, he became greatly disturbed and offended by what he heard.
We can almost see him as he sits in his winter home, every eye fixed upon him, and with a great silence among his lords and princes. The word of God is read, the king frowns, his cheeks burn, his foot comes down with thundering indignation, he grabs the penknife and the word of God is slashed to bits and thrown in the fire.
God’s book, like His people, has been persecuted in every age. It has been tortured, pierced, and ridiculed, burned and banned; but it has quenched the fire of violence, escaped the edge of the sword, stopped the mouths of lions, and turned to fight the armies of the aliens.
The dealings between God and this man portrays the dealings between God and a great mass of humanity now as in California’s plan to ban the sale of the Bible. Why take this action? It is because they want to practice sins of homosexuality, transgenderism, support the LGBT agenda and to completely destroy Christianity. The Bible condemns these activities. This proves that the world has always been disposed to mutilate and reject God’s will.
But do their attitudes change the truth that they despise? The hostility that existed in that winter house long ago still exist today. The enemies of this Book have tried to marshal on their side chemist’s laboratory, astronomer’s telescope, geologist’s pry, and mineralogist’s hammer to run down this Book.
This Book has been struck with many blows; the infidel has thrust at it with his sharp penknife; the modernist has beat upon it with his puny hammers of doubt and unbelief; religious counsels have sought to place bans upon its doctrine; and modernistic preachers have attempted to mutilate it, but to their own destruction. No other book has passed through such hostility, yet this book is today’s foremost piece of literature.
Any fool could do what this king and Gov. Brown did; it doesn’t take a smart man to act like this. The king’s act showed his impatience with Jeremiah. It expressed an obstinate determination never to comply with God’s word given him. It showed that he foolishly hoped to defeat the message given him. He acted as if he thought God would forget what the message was once he destroyed it. But he could not defeat the Almighty! Gov. Jerry Brown cannot defeat the Almighty with his ban of the sale of the Bible.
Gov. Brown is like the drunken captain who cut to pieces the chart that told him of the rocks in the vessel’s course. He may try to arrest the sailors on the vessel who called attention to his stupid action, but this will not avert the crash that will surely come unless the helm of the ship is turned around.
The king’s rejection did not destroy the message, because another roll was taken and all the words of the book which the king had burned were written again (Jer. 36:32). No man, including Jerry Brown, is done with the word of God when he rejects and tries to ban it. Unbelief will never make the word die (I Peter 1:25). Present day Jehoiakim and the LGBT will be on safer ground if they could recognize this.