Jeremiah 36:29 And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast?
Jer 36:30 Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.
Jer 36:31 And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not.
Destruction of the Scriptures punished most severely (The New Topical Textbook, last subheading under the major topic “The Scriptures,” page 240).
King Jehoiakim, king of Judah, did not like the message from the Lord that Jeremiah the prophet had committed to writing in the scroll of Jeremiah, so as the scroll was read to him, he cut the leaves like pages three or four at a time as they were read and burned them in the hearth burning before him.
The account reports that all this was done without fear or the least concern.
God enabled Jeremiah to replace the entire book with yet more like words added besides, and we have the result in our Bible even today.
God placed a severe curse or penalty upon the king and his descendants, who would never sit upon the throne of David thereafter. He lost his kingdom and the whole remainder of his nation was carried captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar, where the nation was in captivity for 70 years.
This curse has an interesting bearing upon the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ and His legal right to the Throne of David. I have placed a note in a parallel passage to this text at Jeremiah 22:30 in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. The note spells out in some detail the repercussions of this incident in Israel’s history, and the providential provision God made in part through the Virgin Birth to accomplish His purpose in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy. If Jesus is not the true Messiah of Israel, there can never be a Messiah for Israel, since the predicted Messiah must meet specific requirements stated in Bible prophecy, including some time prophecies that have long expired.
There are many since throughout history who have attempted to destroy the Bible. Some have in past history kept the Bible from the people, not allowing them to read a Bible in the vernacular, that is, in their own language, for themselves. As I understand it, the Bible was placed on the Index of forbidden books by one church I know of in past history.
Despite being attacked more than any other book in past history, God has providentially preserved the Bible so that we can read it for ourselves today.
If you are not well acquainted with the Bible, take advantage of its wide availability in many different languages and translations, find a translation you enjoy, and take the time to make it part of your life. If the Bible is true–and it certainly is–you will be grateful through all eternity for every minute you spent in this life getting better acquainted with this greatest of all books, especially if your experience is like mine, where reading the Book made it possible for you to know the Divine Author Himself.