“But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the Lord hid them.
Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and there were added besides unto them many like words.”
—Jeremiah 36:26, 32 KJV
“And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth.
Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words.”
—Jeremiah 36:23, 24 KJV
During the winter months, Caleb and Montana created a church building plan for a small community near Orchard Valley. The town mayor didn’t bother waiting for Montana to tip his hat before throwing the plan in the fire.
“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:”
—Romans 5:3, 4 KJV
Susanna tugged out a quilt scrap from under the burnt timbers of the chapel. How could God allow His temple to be destroyed? How was it that her beloved husband died, while greedy thieves like Frederic Bucannon gloried in pleasure? She wondered at God’s leading. If Montana had told her of all these changes in Orchard Valley, she’d have been sorely tempted to settle in Sacramento.
“They have cast fire into thy sanctuary, they have defiled by casting down the dwelling place of thy name to the ground.
For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
O let not the oppressed return ashamed: let the poor and needy praise thy name.”
—Psalm 74:7, 12, 21 KJV