New Defender's Study Bible Notes
36:2 write therein all the words. Note that the prophet was commanded not just to preach the words of the Lord, but to write them in a book. Thus we now have Jeremiah’s inspired writings as one of our books of the Bible. Note also I Chronicles 29:29; II Chronicles 9:29; 12:15; Isaiah 30:8; etc.
36:4 Baruch wrote. Two clay seals have been discovered bearing the impression of a seal apparently used by Baruch himself with his name inscribed on it. Baruch was the scribe of the prophet Jeremiah.
36:4 all the words of the LORD. Baruch, Jeremiah’s scribe, wrote down Jeremiah’s words on a scroll, but these were in reality God’s words.
36:10 Gemariah the son of Shaphan. The name of this Gemariah has been found inscribed on a bulla (that is, a small lump of clay used to seal documents) in Jerusalem excavations.
36:28 all the former words. This rewriting of Jeremiah’s scroll, the original having been burned, is emblematic of the fact that none of the words of God can ever really be destroyed (Psalm 12:6,7; Matthew 24:35). Many have tried it over the years, and many copies of the Bible have been burned, but the Word lives on.
36:30 He shall have none. Jehoiakim’s eleven-year reign was intolerably wicked, climaxed by his burning the written word of God as given to Jeremiah and read to him by Jeremiah’s scribe, Baruch. Although his son, Jeconiah, did reign for three months after Jehoiakim’s death, this was contrary to God’s decree, and God renewed his judgment against the sons of Jeconiah (see Jeremiah 22:30). Jeconiah himself was quickly dethroned and carried captive to Babylon. Apparently he was not as wicked as his father, however, or his uncle, Zedekiah, who judged Israel for a time after him. Furthermore, he yielded to Nebuchadnezzar without resisting him (as Jeremiah had counseled), so he was later treated kindly in Babylon (II Kings 25:27-30).
36:32 all the words. God’s written Word cannot be destroyed, though many have tried. Jehoiakim burned the only copy of Jeremiah’s prophecies, but God merely gave them all again, with additional words besides, and Baruch wrote them all down again. The king tried also to slay Jeremiah and Baruch, but God protected them, and King Jehoiakim, himself, was soon dethroned.