Questions for November 9 Bible Study: 2 Kings 18-20
Bible Study, November 9, 2017
2 Kings 18-20
- According to the chapter 18, Hezekiah was a good king. Why would 2 Kings consider Hezekiah good?
- If you were going to describe a ‘good’ follower of Christ, what would you say about that person?
- We hear about Israel (the Northern Kingdom) being taken into exile (18). What are some ways that a Christian might ‘feel’ exiled from God or the Church?
- Rabshakeh gave a message of doom to Hezekiah’s messengers (18), telling them that God will not save them from the armies. In what ways does our society tell us that God is not good and will not provide?
- When Hezekiah was worried, he turned to mourning and prayer (19). What do you do when you don’t know what to do?
- We meet Isaiah in chapter 19 and he is one of the first to tell the story of the coming Messiah. What hope do you find in the midst of struggle and doubt?
- Hezekiah was at death’s door, but God chose to heal him and give him fifteen more years of life (20). Sometimes even righteous people have horrible things happen to them; what do we say when that happens? How do we make sense of it?
- Isaiah uses the sundial to give Hezekiah a sign of God’s faithfulness (20). Sometimes we look for signs of God while we are having a hard time in life, but we don’t see any. What are things that you look for when you are hurting?
- Judah and Israel are all going to end up in exile with everything they have built stolen and carried away (20) even though Hezekiah was faithful. What do we say about God when bad things happen even when we have done our best?
- Hezekiah takes comfort in his not having to live to see the destruction (20). Many people in our churches have the same perspective as they witness the decline of Christianity in America. What would be a better response from Hezekiah? From us?