And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe…
I. THE WORDS IN THE ROLL WERE INSPIRED BY GOD; SO ARE THE SCRIPTURES.
1. Christ appealed to and taught out of them (Matthew 4:4; Mark 12:10; John 7:42; Acts 1:16; Hebrews 3:7; 2 Peter 1:19, 21; 2 Timothy 3:16).
2. Further proof —
(1) Their harmony and agreement.
(2) The perfect moral scheme they unfold.
(3) Their power over men's hearts.
(4) Their wonderful preservation.
II. THE WORDS IN THE ROLL CONTAINED DIVINE THREATENINGS AGAINST SIN. So throughout the Scriptures.
III. THE WORDS IN THE ROLL WERE INTENDED TO PRODUCE PENITENCE AND RESULT IN FORGIVENESS (ver. 3). "To the Lord our God belong — mercies," &c.
IV. THE WORDS IN THE ROLL ARE DESPISED BY THE HARDENED AND REBELLIOUS (vers. 22-24). Burning was merely the outward and visible sign of contempt, neglect, and disdain.
V. THE WORDS IN THE ROLL ARE, NEVERTHELESS, REVERENCED BY SOME (ver. 25).
Parallel VersesKJV: And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king.