Jehoiakim tried to destroy the Word of God, showing the hardheartedness of king and people that made the exile inevitable. He was not the first ruler to try and destroy the Bible, and he would not be the last. But the endurance of God’s Word is seen in that Jeremiah’s words were not lost but rather preserved by the Lord at His command (Jer. 36:27–32). The preservation of Scripture throughout history is one proof that our God reigns.