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Why would Jeremiah throw out the scroll of prophecy?


Jeremiah had written on a scroll about all the disasters that would come upon Babylon—all that had been recorded concerning Babylon. He said to Seraiah, “When you get to Babylon, see that you read all these words aloud. Then say, ‘Lord, you have said you will destroy this place, so that neither people nor animals will live in it; it will be desolate forever.’ When you finish reading this scroll, tie a stone to it and throw it into the Euphrates. Then say, ‘So will Babylon sink to rise no more because of the disaster I will bring on her. And her people will fall.’” Jeremiah 51:60-64
            Jeremiah had the scroll with all the prophecies against Babylon thrown out as sort of a “mic drop.”  The words of prophecy ended on that note.  It was like saying “enough said,” “time’s up,” “in your face.”

            He also wanted that scroll tied to a rock and thrown into the Euphrates as a symbol of the “sinking” of Babylon.  Jeremiah showed how Babylon would drown and not be rescued.

            It was all done for show, but it made the point very clear to all who saw it.