The word that Jeremiah the prophet spake unto Baruch the son of Neriah, when he had written these words in a book at the mouth of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, saying,
2 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, unto thee, O Baruch:
3 Thou didst say, Woe is me now! for the Lord hath added grief to my sorrow; I fainted in my sighing, and I find no rest.
4 Thus shalt thou say unto him, The Lord saith thus; Behold, that which I have built will I break down, and that which I have planted I will pluck up, even this whole land.
5 And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the Lord: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest.
King Jehoiakim burned the scroll that Baruch had written (36:23), and ordered his servants to arrest Baruch and Jeremiah, but God hid them from the sight of the king and his servants (36:26). After Jehoiakim burned the scroll, God ordered Baruch to rewrite the same message again on a new scroll (36:28, 32). After this incident the Ethiopian Ebed-Melech received a similar message of divine encouragement (39:16-18) just as Baruch had received this message before (45:4,5).
What can we learn from this chapter? Ellen G. White writes, “The Lord has no place in His work for those who have a greater desire to win the crown than to bear the cross. He wants men who are more intent upon doing their duty than upon receiving their reward---men who are more solicitous for principle than for promotion” (MH 476, 477).
We need to pray that we would be like Jeremiah and Baruch, doing our duty no matter what, without expecting a reward.