Questions for October 12 Bible Study: 2 Kings 11-12
Bible Study, October 12, 2017
2 Kings 11-12
Quick Reminder: Joash = King of Judah / Jehu = King of Israel (Northern) / Joash=Jehoash
- If you had the explain to a non-believer how Kings related to Jesus Christ and Christianity, what would you say?
- In the midst of murder and death, it is hard to see God working in the story (11). What do you see in the story of Joash that tells you that God had a hand in protecting him?
- Why do you think it is important to the author of 2 Kings 11 that Joash was raised for six years in the “house of the Lord”?
- Do you think it was symbolic that they used David’s shields to protect Joash? What do you think might happen to him based on this piece of information from the story?
- When have you felt protected by God?
- The Gospel writers use some of this imagery for how they talk about Jesus being placed on the throne at the right hand of God. How do you think that is similar or different from this story?
- Joash ordered that the Temple be repaired with donation money (12). Why is it important for the place of worship to be in good shape and well-maintained?
- We find that the priests do not make the required repairs. Why do you think it is so hard to keep up with necessary upkeep of a place of worship?
- The finances of the Temple began to be overseen by the king’s people to actually perform the needed repairs. How would you feel if someone were sent in to oversee our financial situation in our church?
- King Hazael of Syria threatens Judah and Joash paid him off so as to not be attacked. What are some ways that the Church seems to be postponing inevitable problems?
- Joash seemed to be a mostly good and faithful king and, yet, we find him assassinated by his advisors. Why does is leadership so hard?