You will notice the chapters we read today in Jeremiah are not consecutive.  The reason will become apparent as you read them.  It appears to be a mistake, but it is how M'Cheyne assigned the daily reading.    
Jeremiah 36
“Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josiah until today.  It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the disaster that I intend to do to them, so that everyone may turn from his evil way, and that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.”  Jeremiah 36:2-3
Isn't that a good description of the Bible, not just the LORD's Word given to Jeremiah but God's complete Word?  God graciously provided His instruction to humanity so that we might turn from our evil ways and receive His forgiveness.  We are so blessed to have God's written instruction.  The people heard God's message whether Jeremiah was allowed in the temple or not.  It is not necessary to have Jeremiah present to know His Word (or any of the other men God used to transcribe His Word).  We read and study Jeremiah, written thousands of years ago, and it is as relevant today as it was then. 
"Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD." (Deuteronomy 8:3)  God provided us with the only infallible authority for life.  We should not be surprised when sinful men like Jehoiakim attempt to destroy His Word.  A President of the United States did something similar.  Thomas Jefferson created his own gospel, The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, by cutting and pasting those parts of the Gospel he agreed with while discarding those with which he disagreed.
Scripture describes these actions as futile.  In Isaiah 40:6-8, we are told "All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.  The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the Lord blows on it; surely the people are grass.  The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever."  Like the grass, both Jehoiakim and Jefferson withered away, but God's Word endures. 
The Apostle Peter (1 Peter 1:23-25) uses the passage from Isaiah 40 to describe the Gospel.  "You have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for 'All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass.  The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.'  And this word is the good news that was preached to you."  The Word of God, His Good News, not only remains forever, it gives life; life that remains forever.  Believers in Jesus Christ are born again with a seed that is imperishable just like the Word that causes them to be alive remains forever.  Truly, man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
LORD, why would we be surprised the Eternal God would provide an eternal Word.  Thank You.  My desire is for Your Word to affect everything I say and do.  Father, sanctify me in the Truth; Your Word is Truth. 
Jeremiah 45
It seems likely M'Cheyne included this short chapter in today's reading because it occurs at the same time as chapter 36.  The LORD is chastising Baruch for expressing his weariness of hearing all God plans for Israel.  I must confess, at times, the same emotion reading Jeremiah.  God corrects Baruch's thinking about his desire for self-achievement but then blesses him with the promise that in this period of war his life will be preserved.

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