2 Chronicles 34-36, John 19:1-22 Key Verses: 2 Chronicles 36:15-18
Perhaps it is the result of lawsuits that we have so many warning labels today. They are found on
coffee cups at fast-food restaurants, batting helmets, side-view mirrors on cars—everywhere, it
seems, except on credit cards, one place where they are probably most needed!
Familiarity does breed contempt, and the overuse of the word warning has resulted in chronic
disregard of the word. Still, there are times that warnings are needed and should be heeded, such
as when a tornado is sighted. Going out with a camcorder to film a tornado is not wise. Going to
the basement is.
God gives warnings to us in His Word. He also tells us about people who did the unwise thing,
choosing to ignore and even ridicule the warning. The closing chapter of 2 Chronicles is sad as it
tells of the fall of Jerusalem, an event that occurred after God’s messengers were ignored.
The messengers of God came to the people “again and again, because he had pity on his people
…. But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets” (vv. 15-
16). Judgment came as God handed His people over to the Babylonians.
The Bible tells us how to live as disciples of Christ. In it are instructions and warnings along
with examples from which we learn valuable lessons. We need to read the Word, learn the Word
and live the Word, putting into practice the principles God gives us.
Reading your Bible is only the beginning of what God wants. You also must learn what it teaches
and then live it. When you read and learn, do you then live it?
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett