Questions for September 28 Bible Study: 2 Kings 6-7
Bible Study, September 28, 2017
2 Kings 6-7
Chapter 6 begins with the prophet guild hoping to build a bigger home. It ends with famine and death. Chapter 7 begins with prophecy and ends with a surprising answer to God’s promises.
- Elisha throws down a stick to perform a miracle. Does this remind you of any other stories in the Old Testament (6)? [Hint: Exodus 4].
- Often God uses ordinary objects as means of grace. What are some ordinary things that God uses in the Church to perform extraordinary acts of grace? [Hint: Luke 3 & 22].
- Elisha’s servant received a vision of the presence of God that he saw as chariots and horses of fire. When you close your eyes and envision the presence of God, what do you see?
- Is there one person of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) that you find yourself particularly drawn to in your prayer time?
- Instead of being an agent of death for the King of Syria’s army, Elisha offered hospitality. This is one of the first times that we have seen mercy in Kings. What do you think this means for things to come? Do you struggle to offer mercy for people who are unkind to you?
- 6:28-29 is very disturbing. What do you think the Christian response should be when we see parts of the world that are desperately hungry like this?
- The King of Israel takes no responsibility for his actions after he hears the gruesome tale and blames Elisha instead. When have you had trouble taking responsibility for your actions?
- In chapter 7, God solves an economic crisis and Elisha gets to prophesy its coming. Do you ever have a hard time believing that God is going to work something out?
- Lepers decide that it is not a good plan to stay attached to Israel and venture out to the Syrian camp. A miracle comes from their desertion and Elisha’s words come true. Have you ever seen something really good happen because of a bad situation?
- What has been the most surprising thing that you have learned from reading Kings so far?