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May 19

Baruch


“And Baruch…reading in the book…” —Jeremiah 36:8


Read Jeremiah 36:1-14


The name Baruch is not a well-known one, and not much is mentioned about the man. The Bible only says that he was a son of Neriah (v. 4), but from Jeremiah 32:12-16 we discover that the genealogy of Neriah was a rather distinguished one. Several members of this family held important positions in the court of the king. Baruch was held in high esteem as well. We can draw the conclusion from the Bible that Baruch had great love for his people. He saw how they erred by not serving the Lord, which grieved him, for he knew that the Lord would punish them for their sin. Out of concern, he tried to persuade them to turn to the Lord, which is also why he sought to befriend Jeremiah. This preacher of righteousness could also make good use of Baruch because he was an educated man, able to read and write, which many people were not able to do in those days.


So Baruch wrote out the sermons of Jeremiah. He also, as we read in verse 10, read them to the people in the temple, and to various kings. Later on, he would have to hide when the king wanted to kill both him and the prophet. His great courage brought his life into danger. Baruch means “blessed one.” His parents sought God’s blessing for him, for only a life lived in close communion with God would give him great blessings.


How did Baruch show great love for his people?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Education Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact: bookorders@frcna.org.

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