Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
The last two weeks I have been writing about The Next Generation, and as I described last week, the NOW generation. The NOW generation is the group of young people that are alive currently and are a vital part of our congregation and a primary focus within our community. The NEXT generation are those yet to be born. It’s important for us to be actively interested in a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord (see Psalm 102:18).
I want to continue in this focus on the NEXT/NOW generations by taking you to my daily devotions from a couple days ago. This jumped out to me in 2 Kings 20:20.
“As for the other events of Hezekiah’s reign, all his achievements and how he made the pool and the tunnel by which he brought water into the city, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?
You may be thinking: Big Deal. This verse, at first glance, isn’t packed with incredible inspiration. Or is it?
I’ve been to Israel four times (with another trip in the works for 2013…more info to come), and each time I’ve toured the Holy Land I have taken our groups through what is called “Hezekiah’s Tunnel.” I love this little hidden gem. There not a lot of fanfare around it, no street vendors, no bus parking or grand signage. It’s in a back alley with a simple metal gate and broken lock. It doesn’t look like much, but to me it’s one of the funnest parts of touring Israel.
Hezekiah’s Tunnel was dug underneath the City of David in Jerusalem around 700 BC while Hezekiah was King of Judah. It is one of the few eighth century BC structures that can be not only visited, but entered and walked through. And walk through it we did. It’s 533 meters long and it runs from the Gihon Springs, which overlooks the Kidron Valley, to the Pool of Siloam, which Jesus told the man blind from birth to bath in as described in John chapter 9.
Also, amazingly, this tunnel was excavated by two teams, one starting at each end of the tunnel and then meeting in the middle. It also has a 30 cm (0.6%) gradient altitude difference between each end so that the water flows through unabated.
Bottom line: crazy, cool tunnel.
1. Someone must take the lead and get the train moving down the tracks.
2. Those following the leader need to hold onto the back of the person in front of them and NOT let go.
In this way every one is linked together and moving through the water in the dark, all the while commands, directions and warnings are passed along.
I can draw out a large number of points of application from Hezekiah’s Tunnel in connection to the NEXT/NOW generations, but I will limit it to two:
1. We need leaders. Who will go first in embracing the generations before us? They are dying for leadership, and will gladly follow people of integrity, compassion, humility, and love.
2. We need followers. Any leader that doesn’t have followers is just going for a walk. Look around you: do you have people following you? If you don’t, then ask yourself why. Perhaps it’s your children, a neighbor, younger relative, or student at church. Who is following you? Jesus called key individuals to follow him. The Apostle Paul said “Follow me as I follow Christ.” Can we be so bold as to live a life worth following? The NEXT/NOW generations need that kind of leadership.