2 Chronicles 30-31, John 18:1-18 Key Verses: 2 Chronicles 30:10-11
Where were you on December 31, 1999, as midnight approached? Preparations For the infamous
Y2K bug varied—from building bunkers to ignoring the warnings. Responses to the forecasts of
Y2K- related problems were both extremes and everything in between, but it basically came
down to one of two.
Either you did something or nothing. Some heard the warnings and heeded them, while others
chose to laugh them off.
Long before computers were even conceived of, a letter went out and was met with the same
basic responses—people scorned and ridiculed the message, but some listened. The message was
from King Hezekiah, calling the people of Israel to return to the Lord.
He wrote, “Do not be stiff-necked, as your fathers were; submit to the Lord. Come to the
sanctuary, which he has consecrated forever. Serve the Lord your God, so that his fierce anger
will turn away from you” (30:8).
Return, yield, serve—a needed message for a people who as a nation had become unfaithful to
the Lord. The people scorned and ridiculed the messengers. Sounds like today. The message of
God is not always received. But notice verse 11: “Nevertheless, some . . . humbled themselves
and went to Jerusalem.” Thank God for the “some.”
Hezekiah’s message is of eternal significance and so much more important than the Y2K
warning. How do you respond to the Word of God? Are you part of the “scorners” or one of the
God didn’t give us His Word just to increase our knowledge but to affect the way we live. If it is
going to change you, you must be open to hearing the message. Determine to be one of the
“some.” Hear and heed His Word.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett