1 Kings: Lesson 22 — Conflicting Messages

The following are discussion questions from a weekly study I am leading through the book of 1 Kings.  We meet each Wednesday evening at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Starting Strong Isn’t The Same As Finishing Strong

A Study of the Book of 1 Kings

Lesson 22 (Conflicting Messages)
1 Kings 22
     December 4, 2013

The Text:

  1. How long was there peace between Aram and  Israel?  Who is the king of Israel?  What concern did he have?  Who came to visit him?  What request did the king of Israel have for this visitor?
  2. How willing was Jehoshaphat to help the king of Israel?  What one request did he have before he would join forces with Israel?  How did the king of Israel respond?  What was he told?  Did this satisfy Jehoshaphat?
  3. What did Jehoshaphat want?  Why did the king of Israel not want to do this?  What were all the prophets saying?  What recommendation did the messenger who was sent to get Micaiah have for him?  How does Micaiah respond?
  4. What message does Micaiah initially give the king of Israel?  How did the king respond?  What did Micaiah then say?  What response did the king have?  What did Micaiah say was God’s purpose in the king attacking Ramoth Gilead?
  5. What order had the king of Aram given his men?  How were they deceived?  How did the king of Israel happen to be wounded?  How did his death fulfill what God had said?  How did Jehoshaphat live?  What were his relations with the king of Israel like?  Who succeeded Ahab?  How did he live?

The Application:

  1. Are you at peace with people who have been your enemies?  What things would you risk that peace for?  Why?
  2. When asked to help someone confront an enemy, do you first want to get God’s advice — even when you are already inclined to help?
  3. Do you tend to surround yourself with people who are likely to give you the advice that you want to hear?  How do you respond when someone wants you to just go along with what everyone else is saying?
  4. Are there times when someone tells you what you want to hear but you know it is not the truth?  How do you know?  Why would they do that?
  5. How do we try to deceive God?  Does it work? How hard is it to maintain peaceful relationships with people whose lives are set against God?  Should we?

 

Next Week:  Learning a Fear of God
2 Kings 1

 

1 Kings: Lesson 21 — Sour Grapes

The following are discussion questions from a weekly study I am leading through the book of 1 Kings.  We meet each Wednesday evening at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Starting Strong Isn’t The Same As Finishing Strong

A Study of the Book of 1 Kings

Lesson 21 (Sour Grapes)
1 Kings 21
    November 20, 2013

The Text:

  1. What did Ahab want from Naboth?  Why?  What did he offer?  How did Naboth respond?
  2. How did Naboth’s response make Ahab feel?  What did he do when he went home?  What does he tell Jezebel?  What is her response to him?
  3. What message does Jezebel send to the leaders in Jezreel?  What did they do?  What happened to Naboth?
  4. How does Jezebel respond when she hears what has happened to Naboth?  What does she tell Ahab?  What does he do?
  5. Where does God send Elijah?  How does Ahab greet Elijah?  What message does God give Ahab concerning he, his wife, and his family?  Why?  How does Ahab respond?  How does God respond?

The Application:

  1. Are there things that others have that you wish you had and they didn’t?  What would God call that?  How much value do you put on what God has given you and your family?
  2. How do you feel when you don’t get what you want?  Why?  Do you think you deserve everything you want because of who you are?
  3. How much effort do you put into getting what you think you deserve?  How hard is it to do right when you are told to do something that isn’t’ right?
  4. Do you tend to live life with a “win at any cost” attitude?  If you knew something that you wanted was obtained in an illegal/immoral way, would you accept it?
  5. How do you respond when God wants you to speak truth in the midst of wickedness?  When God uses someone to correct you, do you tend to think poorly of the messenger?  What wickedness does God want you to recognize in your life?  What response will you have when you recognize it?  What does God look for in order for Him to respond with patience and mercy?

Next Week:  Conflicting Messages
1 Kings 22

 

1 Kings: Lesson 20 — If At First You Don’t Succeed

The following are discussion questions from a weekly study I am leading through the book of 1 Kings.  We meet each Wednesday evening at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

Starting Strong Isn’t The Same As Finishing Strong

A Study of the Book of 1 Kings

Lesson 20 (If At First You Don’t Succeed)
1 Kings 20
    November 13, 2013

The Text:

  1. Who was Ben-Hadad?  Who does he join forces with?  What do they do?  What message does Ben-Hadad send to Ahab?  How does Ahab respond?  Does this satisfy Ben-Hadad?  What is his response?
  2. Who does Ahab gather for advice?  What does he tell them?  What is their advice?  How does Ahab now respond to Ben-Hadad?  Does Ben-Hadad find this acceptable?  What does he promise to do?  How does Ahab respond to that?
  3. What message does God send to Ahab?  What questions does Ahab have?  How are they answered?  How many young officers does Ahab summon?  How many men make up the rest of his forces?  What do they do?  Who wins the battle?
  4. What message does God give after the battle?  What explanation did his officials give Ben-Hadad for their losses?  What advice to they give?  How did the two armies appear when they met again?  What happened when the battle finally took place?  When he becomes trapped, what advice is Ben-Hadad given?  What was the result of that advice?
  5. What did the prophet ask a man to do?  What happened?  What story does the prophet tell Ahab?  How does Ahab respond to the story?  Who was the story really about?  What was God’s verdict?

 

The Application:

  1. What would you give for peace?  What if agreeing meant they wanted more?  What are God’s terms of peace?  Are you always willing to give it?
  2. How quick are you to seek advice?  Does the support of others embolden you to take a stand?  How do you respond to threats?  Do you tend to make statements that you may not be able to back up?         
  3. Do you believe God’s instructions?  How closely do you follow them?       
  4. Following victory, do you tend to think about preparing for the next battle?  Do you ever try to explain away the work of God?  How much do you trust God when you feel small compared to the enemy?         
  5. Why is it hard to obey God when His instructions don’t make sense?  Do you tend to excuse sin that God has condemned?  . . . In others?  . . . In yourself?

Next Week:  Sour Grapes
1 Kings 21