2 Kings: Lesson 14 — A Measure of Obedience . . . And Pride

The following are discussion questions from a weekly study I am leading through the book of 2 Kings.  We meet each Wednesday evening at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

The Unraveling of a Nation

A Study of the Book of 2 Kings

Lesson 14 (A Measure of Obedience . . . And Pride)
 2 Kings 14
April 2, 2014

The Text:

  1. Who followed Joash as king of Judah? How did God view his actions? Who did he follow, who did he not follow?  
  2. What did Amaziah do after he was firmly in place as king? How did he limit that action? Why?
  3. What notable thing had Amaziah done? After that, what message did he send to the king of Israel? How did Johoash respond? What did he say had happened to Amaziah? 
  4. Did Amaziah listen to Johoash? What did he do instead? How did that turn out for Judah? How did Amaziah’s life end? Who succeeded him as king of Judah?
  5. Who became king of Israel while Amaziah was king of Judah? How did he live according to God’s sight? What positive things did he do? Why did God use Jeroboam to rescue the people of Israel?

  The Application:

  1. How would you describe the way you live? When describing your way of life, do you find yourself comparing it to that of others? Who? In what ways could that be helpful? In what ways could that be harmful?
  2. Is there a difference between judgment and justice? If so, what? How do you feel about suffering the consequences for what someone else does? Do you think people sometimes suffer consequences because of your actions?
  3. Is it easier to handle success or failure? Why do you think people tend to give themselves credit for success and try to find someone to blame for failures? How do you avoid letting pride take you down a wrong path?    
  4. Why is it so hard to listen to advice when it comes from unwanted sources? Have you ever done something just because someone said you shouldn’t or couldn’t? Should what they say matter one way or the other?     
  5. Are there people that God could/would never use? How do you know? Does God using someone to accomplish His will say more about them, or Him?


Next Week:   Reaping What You Sow
   2 Kings 15