Questions for September 14 Bible Study : 2 Kings 3-4
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Bible Study, September 14, 2017
2 Kings 3-4
Elisha is more involved in the wars of both the Northern and Southern kingdoms than other prophets have been. He has had visions of a doomsday in which God’s judgment has been released upon the people. In this section, we find both North and Soutteamsng up with Edom against the Moabites. All the while, Elisha performs miracles for the sake of the poor. Elisha performs a second miracle in which the Shunammite woman is able to conceive. Shunam is in the north, near Nazareth. The first miracle was for a widow of one from the (faithful) guild of prophets, probably from Gilgal in the south. This is probably a sign that writer of Kings believes that God loves both the Northern and Southern kingdoms. We see that, in some ways, God always responds in our time of need, whether we deserve it or not.
- Why do we think God chose Elisha (ch.1-2)? How do you think that relates to his being Elijah’s disciple?
- Other than idolatry, what are things that the author of Kings thinks that the rulers do wrong to people of other kingdoms (3)?
- Even though both the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom are children of Abraham, though they come together in this passage, they constantly fight against each other in other passages. Does that remind you at all of the modern Christian Church (3)?
- Did you fight with your siblings growing up? Have you been able to get over as you have gotten older?
- Sometimes Kings sounds like God hates Moabites, but Ruth, a Moabite, is King David’s great-grandmother. What does this say about who God loves?
- In the middle of a horrific scene of violence and ugliness (3:26-27), Elisha performs a life-giving miracle for someone in need (4:1-7). Have you ever seen someone who was in the middle of a horrible situation in their life who was still able to reach out and help someone in need?
- We see Elisha perform miracles for both Southern and Northern people (4). They do not like each other and often fight. Has something good ever happened to someone you considered to be an enemy? How did it feel to see it happen?
- Read Matthew 8:5-13. Do you see any similarities between this story and the one involving Elisha and the Shunammite woman’s son (4)?
- Elisha miraculously feeds the prophets poison food in Gilgal (4:38-41) and they live. Have you ever been given just what you needed at the right time?
- Elisha then feeds 100 men in Baal-Shalishah, a part or outlier of the Northern Kingdom. Read Matthew 14:13-21. What do you think we learn about Jesus by knowing both stories?