2 Kings: Lesson 11 — A Boy King

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 11 (A Boy King)
 2 Kings 11
   March 12, 2014

The Text:

  1. What did Ahaziah’s mother attempt to do?  Who was rescued?  Where did he live?  For how long?  Who was ruling Judah at this time?     

  2. Who was Jehoiada?  Who did he send for?  What did he show them?  What instructions did Jehoiada give? 

  3. What did the commanders do?  Where did they get weapons?  Where were the guards stationed?  What did Jehoiada do?  How did the people respond?    

  4. What got Athaliah’s attention?  What did she find when she went to see what the people were up to?  How did she respond? 

  5. What command did Jehoiada give?  Why?  What happened to Athaliah?  What was the result of the covenant’s made by Jehoiada?  Who was brought into the palace?  How did the people respond?  How old was the king? 

  The Application:

  1. Do you ever feel like you are loosing control of a situation?  How do you respond?  Do you tend to take what others would see as extreme measures in an attempt to maintain a sense of control?  What risks would you take to protect someone? 
  2. How long are you willing to wait for things to be made right?  Who would you turn to when you need someone to stand with you against evil?  Who would you be willing to stand up for? 
  3. How obedient are you to the instructions of the Lord?  What has He given to be used for protecting yourself and others?  Are you using it?  How should you respond to the Lordship of Jesus?         
  4. What things tend to get your attention?  How closely do you check on the things that draw the attention of people?  How do you react when you feel a sense of betrayal?  What it comes because of wrong you have done?         
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  5. Are there things that you believe are inappropriate to be done in the temple of the Lord?  Where is the temple of the Lord?  Are there things in your life that a covenant with God should cause you to remove?  How do you feel about God’s ability to use you because of, or in spite of, things that you believe to be inadequacies?   

 

Next Week:   Rebuilding . . . Eventually
2 Kings 12

 

 

2 Kings: Lesson 10 — End of the Line

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 10 (End of the Line)
 2 Kings 10
  March 5, 2014

The Text:

  1. Who did Jehu send letters to?  What was he requesting in the letters?  How did the recipients feel about the request?  What was their response?     
  2. What request did Jehu make in his second letter?  What did the recipients do?  What instructions did Jehu give after they were done?  What did Jehu tell the people of Jezreel?  What did Jehu do in Jezreel?
  3. Who did Jehu meet on his way to Samaria?  Who were they on their way to see?  What did Jehu do?  Who did Jehu meet after this?  What did Jehu ask him?  What did Jehu tell him?  What did he do in Samaria?  Why?    
  4. What did Jehu tell the people after he had gathered them together?  Why?  What did Jehu announce would take place?  Who came?  What did he have given to the ministers of Baal?  What did Jehu look for when he was in the temple of Baal? 
  5. What instructions did Jehu give the guards and officers at the temple of Baal?  What did they do?  What happened to the temple of Baal?  What did Jehu do in Israel?  What did he still allow?  What did God tell Jehu?  Why?

 

  The Application:

  1. How do you feel when challenged by someone?  How does your view of a person change the way you would take being challenged by them?  How do the words of Jesus in Matthew 14:31-33 fit with what takes place here in the beginning of 2 Kings 10? 
  2. Are there things that God calls you to get rid of or destroy that are hard or messy to do?  Why would He make such a request?  Are there advantages to getting rid of evil publicly?  Are there times or reasons you shouldn’t? 
  3. In what ways do people tend to honor or show respect to evil?  How hard is it to stand up against the honoring of evil?  Why is it so hard?  Do you believe that God wants you to remove all evil from you life?  What do you do about it?         
  4. Are there advantages to dealing with sin all at once?  How careful are you to protect the innocent while you are dealing with sin?  What does God say about His ability to protect the righteous?           
  5. Are there times when we tend to let sin escape our notice?  Are there things we tend to accept because we think our dealing with the “big things” ought to be enough?  

 

Next Week:   A Boy King
2 Kings 11

 

 

 

2 Kings: Lesson 9 — Unfinished Business

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 9 (Unfinished Business)
 2 Kings 9
February 26, 2014

The Text:

  1. Who did Elisha send one of the prophets to look for?  What was the prophet to do when he found him?  What was the prophet to do after he completed his task?
  2. How did the prophet address Jehu while he was with the army officers?  What was Jehu’s response?  What did the prophet do?  What was Jehu told his task would be?  What did the prophet do after delivering God’s message?  What did Jehu’s fellow officers want to know after the prophet left?  What did Jehu tell them?  What did they do?
  3. Where did Jehu go?  Who was sent to meet Jehu?  What did they want to know?  How did Jehu respond?  When this happens a second time, what conclusion is reached?  Who went out to meet Jehu?  What did they want to know?  How does Jehu respond?
  4. When the king of Israel fled from Jehu’s presence, what did Jehu do?  What instructions were given regarding the king’s body?  Why?  How did the king of Judah respond to theses events?  What happened to him?
  5. What did Jezebel do when she heard Jehu had come?  How does she greet him?  What does Jehu call out to be done with Jezebel?  What did Jehu say to do with Jezebel’s body?  Did they?  Why not?

  The Application:

  1. Who would you trust to deliver an important message for you?  Why?  How hard is it to stay on task?  Is it hard to leave something when you know your part is done but a bigger situation is about to unfold?
  2. Do you ever wonder if God has directed a specific message at you?  How would you find out?  Does your enthusiastic response to God make people wonder what you’re up to?  How do, can you, make the most of that opportunity?
  3. Are there times when people want to avoid conflict but don’t really want peace?
  4. Have you ever thought you could run from God and not be caught?  How does recognizing God’s judgment in the life of someone else influence your actions?
  5. Have you ever had a boldness that ends up being unwarranted?  How hard is it to do the right thing as the risk of doing so increases?

 

Next Week:  End of the Line
2 Kings 10

 

2 Kings: Lesson 8 — Good News and Bad

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 8 (Good News and Bad)
 2 Kings 8
February 19, 2014

The Text:

  1. What did Elisha say to the woman whose son he had restored to life?  Why?  What did she do?  What did she do at the end of 7 years?  What did Elisha’s servant and the king happen to be talking about when the woman went to see the king?  What was her request?  What did the king do?
  2. Where did Elisha travel to?  What did the king of Aram tell Hazael to do?  What did Hazael take to Elisha?  How did Elisha respond to Hazael’s question?
  3. After giving the message, what did Elisha do?  What was Hazael’s response?  How did Elisha explain what he had done?  What did Hazael think of the explanation?  What happened when Hazael returned back to the king?
  4. While Joram was king of Israel, who succeeded Jehoshaphat as king of Judah?  How did he live?  What was one of the influences in that?  How did God feel about it?  What did God do about it?  Why?
  5. Who succeeded Jehoram as king of Judah?  How did he live?  Who were some of the people who influenced his way of life?  What happened to him?

  The Application:

  1. Have you ever been warned of impending disaster?  What did you do?  How do you decide how seriously you take such warnings?  What is the value of retelling personal stories of how you have seen God work?  How do those stories help spread justice?
  2. Is there anywhere that you could go that God would not have work for you to do?  When faced with trouble, how intent are you in seeking God?  What would you give to be able to hear from God?
  3. How do you think God responds when he knows that we are going to do wrong/evil?  Why do you think people rarely seem to heed warnings about the wrong direction the path they are on will take them?
  4. Who are people who you would consider to be the examples that you follow?  Are they all examples that you ought to follow?  How much value do you place on God’s faithfulness?
  5. Who has the greatest influence in your life?  How does that impact your decisions and actions?

 

Next Week:  Unfinished Business
2 Kings 9

 

2 Kings: Lesson 7 — The Cost of Doubt

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 7 (The Cost of Doubt)
 2 Kings 7
         February 12, 2014

The Text:

  1. What was taking place in Samaria?  Who was the king blaming for this?  What message did Elisha share from God?  How did the king’s officer respond to the message?  What did Elisha say would happen to the officer?  
  2. What dilemma did a group of men at the city gate of Samaria find themselves in?  What did they propose to do in an attempt to solve it?  What was their reasoning?  What did they find when they went to the camp of the Arameans?
  3. What had the Lord caused the Arameans to hear?  What did they conclude?  What did they do?  What did they leave behind?  What did the group of men from Samaria initially do when they discovered the Arameans were gone?   
  4. What did the men with leprosy finally conclude?  What did they report back to the gatekeepers in Samaria?  How did the king respond to the news?  What did one of his officers suggest they do?  What did he anticipate the outcome would be?
  5. What did the scouting party discover when they went to the Aramean camp?  What did the people of Samaria do when they heard the news?  What responsibility did the king give to the officer who was with him earlier?  What happened to him?  Why?

  The Application:

  1. Are there things that you don’t have enough of?  Who do you blame?  How would you respond if God said he would meet that need with an abundance that seems impossible? 
  2. Are there times in your life when it seems hopeless to stay where you are and hopeless to go where you think you should?  Does desperation motivate you to take risks?
  3. What would cause you to abandon the things that you value?  Have you ever found something of great value that seems to be free for the taking?  How likely are you to take it?         
  4. How likely are you to share good fortune that comes your way?  What does it take for you to think of the needs of others?  Are you skeptical when it comes to hearing things that sound too good to be true?           
  5. What have you discovered about the availability of God’s free gift to meet any “famine” in your life?  Who have you told?  How eager were you to obtain it?  What is the cost of doubt?

 

Next Week:  Good News and Bad
2 Kings 8

 

2 Kings: Lesson 6 — How Times Change!

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 6 (How Times Change!)
 2 Kings 6
       February 5, 2014

The Text:

  1. What problem did the company of prophets have?  What did they propose to do about it?  What happened as they were cutting down trees?  What did Elisha do?
  2. What did the king of Aram decide to do?  What message did Elisha send to the king of Israel?  How often did this happen?  What did the king of Aram think was happening?  What did one of his officers tell him?  What order did the king give?
  3. What did the king of Aram do when he found out where Elisha was?  How did Elisha’s servant react when he saw what the king of Aram had done?  What was Elisha’s response?  How did God respond?
  4. What did Elisha pray as the enemy approached?  What did God do?  Where did Elisha take the Arameans?  What did the king of Israel want to do?  How did Elisha respond?  What was done?
  5. What did the king of Aram do “some time later”?  What did this cause in Samaria?  How did the king of Israel respond to a woman asking for help?  What was her story?  Who did the king blame?  What did he set out to do?

  The Application:

  1. Have you ever had to “up-size” out of necessity?  How important is it to you that God would be in the midst of your work?  Have you experience God’s provision in unusual ways?
  2. Are there areas in which you make plans thinking that God doesn’t care or won’t notice?  Does it surprise you when God points out things that you thought nobody knew?  What should this do to our level of transparency before God?
  3. Have you ever been, or at least felt, surrounded by enemies?  How does that thought make you feel?  In what ways does God reveal that the One with you is greater than those against you?
  4. How would you want to respond if your enemies were at your mercy?  How would God want you to respond?
  5. Do you ever feel like the enemy has cut you off from all spiritual nourishment?  Who would you go to for help?  Who often gets blamed for our seasons of spiritual famine?  What should we do instead?

Next Week:  The Cost of Doubt
2 Kings 7

 

2 Kings: Lesson 5 — Anything But That!

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 5 (Anything But That!)
 2 Kings 5
       January 29, 2014

The Text:

  1. Who was Naaman?  What was his reputation?  Why?  What was wrong with him?     
  2. Where did the servant of Naaman’s wife come from?  What did she suggest could be done?  How did the king of Aram respond to this suggestion when Naaman presented it?  How did the king of Israel respond when it was brought to him?      
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  3. What did Elisha do when he heard about the King of Israel’s response?  What was Elisha’s request of the king?  What did Elisha do when Naaman reached his house?    
  4. How did Naaman respond to what he was told to do?  What was he expecting?  What does Naaman’s servants say to him?  How does he respond to them?  What happens?
  5. What does Naaman try to do for Elisha?  How does Elisha respond?  What does Naaman conclude he will do?  After Naaman leaves, what does Elisha’s servant decide to do?  How does Elisha respond to the actions of Gehazi?

  The Application:

  1. What things today tend to cause a person to be honored and highly regarded?  How much notice or attention do we give to the Lord doing mighty things through a person?  Why do we seem to struggle so much with bad things happening to good people? 
  2. What do you believe about God’s involvement where you are at — either in bringing you there or using you there?  How likely are you to speak God’s truth to people if you blame them for your circumstances?  Who does it seem like had more faith in what God could do, the king of Aram or the king of Israel?  Are you ever intimidated by the things people expect God to do?
  3. How do you feel when people of importance seem to doubt God’s ability to do things?  How can you live in a way that would show the people around you that there is both a God and a servant of God alive in their midst?    
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  4. What expectations do you put on God regarding how He should communicate with you?  How do you respond to His expectations of  you?  How can you encourage people who believe that God’s instructions are not the best way to accomplish something?         
  5. When you help people, how do you decide when to accept a “reward” and when not to?  Has God’s healing in your life convinced you to worship only Him?  Are there ways in which we expect people to “pay” for God’s goodness to them?

 

Next Week:  How Times  Change!
2 Kings 6

 

2 Kings: Lesson 4 — Multiplication and Addition

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 4 (Multiplication and Addition)
 2 Kings 4
       January 22, 2014

The Text:

  1. What is the wife of one of the prophets concerned about?  How does Elisha respond to her concern?  What does she tell Elisha that she has?  What does he have her do?  What happens?  
  2. What happened when Elisha went to Shunem?  What did the woman there ask her husband to do?  What did Elisha want to do for her?  How did she respond?  What information did Elisha’s servant tell him?  How did Elisha respond to this news?      
  3. How did the woman respond to Elisha’s news to her?  What happened?  When the boy grew, what happened in the field?  What did the mother do?  How did Elisha greet her?  What did she initially tell him?  What does Elisha do when he discovers the real reason for her visit?  
  4. What was taking place when Elisha returned to Gilgal?  What did he ask his servant to do?  What did one of the men find?  What did he do with it?  What happened?  What did Elisha do?
  5. What did a man from Baal Shalishah bring to Elisha?  What did Elisha say to do with it?  How did Elisha’s servant respond?  What did God say?  What happened?

 The Application:

  1. How tempting, or easy, is it to be trapped by debt?  Do you ever feel that you don’t have enough to do what is needed?  What might you be overlooking?  What has God put into your life that He wants to multiply? 
  2. Is there value today in caring for spiritual leaders?  What might that look like?  How hard is it to accept help from someone you’re helping?  Why?  How closely do you watch and listen for unspoken needs that a person might have?
  3. If you’ve ever received news that seemed to good to be true, how did you react?  How do you feel when you get something you have longed for and then it appears it is being taken away?  How fully do you trust God to care for you in a way that is right?        
  4. Are there things that you take into your life that have death in them?  What does God want to do about them?         
  5. How much is enough?  Do you trust God when you feel you don’t have enough?  When supplies seem limited, are you likely to give or to hoard?

 

Next Week:  Anything But That!
2 Kings 5