Questions for November 30 Bible Study: 2 Kings 24-25
Bible Study, November 30, 2017
2 Kings 24-25
- In chapter 24, we are at the end of the story of Samuel and Kings. It does not seem like a happy ending. How does it feel to be Christian in a time of decline for the Church?
- Jehoiakim served a non-Israelite king. In what ways does the Church serve something or someone other than Christ?
- The Babylonian king took everything of value from Judah. What do you think is missing in the Church today?
- Zedekiah, which means “my righteousness is YHWH” is the name given to the new king of Judah by the Babylonians. What are some ways that non-Christians are righteous, whether they know it or not?
- Zedekiah rebelled against Babylon, but he was also considered an evil king. Have you ever been in the middle of an impossible situation? Has our church ever been stuck between a rock and a hard place?
- In chapter 25, we learn that Babylon sieged Jerusalem for nearly two years until the city was out of food. Do you think that the Church has what it needs to survive in the modern age?
- What ‘spiritual’ food do you think we are lacking?
- With the Temple destroyed, God’s visible presence is missing in Jerusalem. Do you think it is important to have a building for worship in our community?
- Our story when both Israel and Judah were defeated. How can we find hope for the people of both kingdoms? How can we find hope for ourselves as we end on this depressing note?