Questions for October 19 Bible Study: 2 Kings 13-15
Bible Study, October 19, 2017
2 Kings 13-15
Quick Reminder: Joash = King of Judah / Joash=Jehoash of Judah/ Jehoahaz, son of Jehu = King of Israel (Northern) /Jehoash of Israel is not Joash/Jehoash of Judah / This Jeroboam is not the same as the one who ruled with at the same time as Rehoboam- Argh! Confusing!
- In chapter 13, we find another evil king in Israel who is overthrown (for a time) by an even more evil king. How would you feel if you spent your whole life being ruled over by kings that are more awful and vindictive than the last?
- The kings of Israel that we learn about in chapter 13 follow in their fathers’ footsteps. Are there things that you learned from your parents that you had to unlearn?
- Elisha helped his people one last time before he died (13). Have you ever learned something important from a person who was dying?
- Elisha seems to always know what will happen in the future (13). Do you think the ability to guess the future is an important attribute for pastors and prophets? Are there other gifts that you find more important?
- It is important to the author of Kings that the righteous king, Amaziah’s mother was from Jerusalem (14). Why do you think that might be? Do you think it matters where a person is from in order to be a good and faithful follower of Christ?
- The battle of Israel and Judah, with Jehoash of Israel and Amaziah of Judah is very much a civil war for them (14). What can we learn about this war in 2 Kings from our knowledge of the history of our own country’s civil war?
- With Jeroboam becoming the king, the borders of Israel returned north and restored Judah to its former territory (14). What do you think our church’s territory for ministry is? How far? Which ministries should we focus on?
- The name Uzziah (15) means powerful. Do you have any guesses as to what he will do based only on his name?
- Again we find that Uzziah, a semi-righteous king, had a mother from Jerusalem (15). What would you want people to talk about if they were giving you a compliment?
- Zechariah only ruled for six months (15). Have you ever had a project that you were working on end too soon to be completed? In life or in the church?
- The father of Jotham’s mother was Zadok, a priestly name, but not the same Zadok as before (15). Why do you think the author is so obsessed with holy genealogies and plays on names? Do you know your own genealogy? Do you likewise find it fascinating?
- Jotham built a gate to the Temple (15). Why do you think we, as humans, like to stand in between other people and God?