Stylos is the blog of Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. The title "Stylos" is the Greek word for pillar. In 1 Timothy 3:15 Paul urges his readers to consider "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar (stylos) and ground of the truth."
Image (left side): Decorative urn with title for the book of Acts in Codex Alexandrinus.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
The Vision (10/4/12): The Indestructible Word
Note:Last Sunday morning I
preached a message drawn from Jeremiah 36, reflecting on the time when wicked
King Jehoiakim attempted to destroy the Word of God by cutting up the prophecy
of Jeremiah written down by the prophet’s servant Baruch and throwing it into
the fire.The chapter ends with this
verse (v. 32):
Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch
the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all
the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and
there were added besides unto them many like words.
Here are my abbreviated notes on three reflections drawn from
1.Here we see the brazen hostility of sinners against the
Word of God!
In Romans 1:18 Paul described unregenerate
men as those who hold or suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom 1:18).The actions of King Jehoiakim in Jeremiah 36
is merely a brazen example of that spirit.
I remember a few years back reading of an
actor who proudly claimed that in every hotel he stayed in that had a Gideon
Bible he would rip out the book of Leviticus because of its denunciation of
homosexual behavior.As many times as he
rips out those pages, he cannot destroy the Word of God.
Matthew Poole observed:“Wicked men get nothing by opposing
themselves to the revealed will of God, how ungrateful soever it be to them,
but the addition of guilt to their souls, and the increase of Divine wrath;
God’s counsels shall stand, and what he speaks shall most certainly be
2.Here we also see the Lord’s commitment to preserve his
Now, remember this account comes from a time
when the canon of Scripture was not complete.They had the law.Now the words
of the prophets were being revealed.Here we see how the book of Jeremiah itself was revealed stage by stage
until the full measure of the inspired book was complete.If God was able so carefully to preserve his
Word in the days of Jeremiah against such savage attacks, has he not been able
in all times to do the same?
against the written Word prefigures as well the hostility that would later be
expressed against the living word.
Just as the efforts to destroy the written
word resulted in its restoration in a fuller and more complete form, so the
efforts of wicked men to destroy the Lord Christ, the heir of the vineyard, on
the cross only resulted in his being raised from the dead to a more powerful
and glorified state in his resurrection body, ready to call men to walk in
newness of life.
The Word of God is indestructible.That includes the written Word and it
includes the living Word!