Changing the Rules #1038

And it happened, when Jehudi had read three or four columns, that the king cut it with the scribe’s knife and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the scroll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth. (Jeremiah 36:23, NKJV)

The United States Senate changed a filibuster rule today, thereby allowing a vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. This rule change was called the “nuclear” option, since it was the course of last resort. This reminds us that men unsuccessfully try to change God’s rules. King Jehoiakim tried to ignore God’s rules by destroying the scroll of God’s word (which condemned his sins and called on him and his nation to repent). He refused to be ruled by God’s word, because he had already refused God as His ruler. His effort failed (Jer. 36:27-32). Even so, we are tempted to try to change God’s word to fit our own desires (cf. 2 Tim. 4:3-4). The Senate can change their rules because they made them. We cannot change God’s rule (word), though, because it is not our word (Heb. 1:2). We didn’t make the rules, He did. Respect for God demands that we honor Him by submissively obeying His word. Do not try to change His word (His rules) to fit what you want. That will never end well for you.