2 Kings: Lesson 13 — God’s Favor

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 13 (God’s Favor)
 2 Kings 13
    March 26, 2014

The Text:

  1. Who followed Jehu as king of Israel? How did God view his actions? What were the consequences of the way he led?  
  2. What did Jehoahaz finally do? How did God respond? Why? What changes did this bring to the people of Israel? What didn’t change?
  3. Who followed Jehoahaz as king in Israel? How was his life lived? What was God’s view of his life? What did he do when Elisha was near death?  
  4. What did Elisha ask Jehoash to get? What was he to do with it? How did Elisha describe what was done? What was the message in the action? What else was Jehoash told to do? How did God respond to what was done?
  5. What happened to Elisha? What were some Israelites doing when a band of Moabite raiders showed up? What did the Israelites do instead? What happened? How did Hazael treat Israel? What was God’s response to this? Why? What happened between Aram and Israel when Jehoash became king of Israel? Why? 

  The Application:

  1. As you consider the roles you have in life, who have you followed? Are you content to reflect the character and actions of your predecessors or do you seek a higher standard? What are some consequences you face because of the decisions of others? What consequences do others face because of your decisions?
  2. What things tend to drive you to seek God’s favor? Why would God give it? How much does God’s favor change you?
  3. How do you think God would describe your life? How would you want Him to? If there is a difference, what needs to change?       
  4. How has God communicated to you His intended victory? How persistent are you at doing what God asks? Do you sometimes give up before you should?     
  5. What affect does contact with you have on the people around you? Why? Do you think you are a recipient of God’s favor because of the actions or lives of others? Do you think God extends His favor to people because of your life?   

 

Next Week:   A Measure of Obedience . . . And Pride
  2 Kings 14

 

2 Kings: Lesson 12 — Rebuilding . . . Eventually

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 12 (Rebuilding . . . Eventually)
 2 Kings 12
   March 19, 2014

The Text:

  1. While Jehu was king of Israel, who became king of Judah?  How did he live?  Who was the major influence in his life?  What was allowed to continue?     
  2. What instruction was given to the priests?  What did Joash consider to be sacred offerings?  What work was to be done?  How was it to be delegated? 
  3. What had not happened by the twenty-third year of the reign of Joash?  What did Joash say to the priests?  What was their response?    
  4. What did Jehoiada do?  What was done with it?  What happened when it was filled?  What was the money used for?  What was it not used for?  What financial reporting was required?  Why? 
  5. Who set out to attack Jerusalem?  What did Joash collect?  What did he do with it?  What was the result?  How did the reign of Joash end? 

  The Application:

  1. How do you know what is right in the eyes of the Lord?  How well do you do it?  Who is, has been, a positive influence in your life?  Who are you influencing in a positive way?  What things do you allow to continue in your life that you ought to get rid of? 
  2. How dedicated are you to the giving and collecting of offerings to the Lord?  What would you consider to be sacred offerings?  What makes them such?  What are you doing with what God has given you for the purpose of building His kingdom? 
  3. Is there a task that you have volunteered for, been assigned to you, or you’ve been called to do that remains undone?  If the king were to ask why it is undone, what would you say?  Are there things you should hand off to someone who is better equipped?       
  4. Are there steps you should take to bring accountability to your offerings to the Lord?  How do you decide what you should do and what you should have others do?  Have you proven faithful in the use of the resources God has given you for His work?           
  5. Do you expect attacks to come when you are doing the right thing?  How much value do you put on peace?  . . . On peace with God?  Does doing the right thing always turn out like we think it ought to?   

Next Week:   God’s Favor
2 Kings 13

 

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

 

Practice

Advice From a Doctor
     is the title I give.
To a series of sermons
     on how we should live.
We’ll spend a whole year,
     perhaps even more.
Listening to Luke
     for what he has in store.
And while we will learn
     of the Christ who can save.
We’ll focus more closely
     on the advice that Luke gave.

So very often
     when we look at God’s Word.
We go out and live
     like none of it was heard.
I want to do more
     than know what Christ did.
I want people to see,
     in my heart His Word’s hid.
If sin’s crucified,
     as His Word does say.
Then it’s not I who lives,
     but He lives today.

If I have died
     and He lives in me.
Then people should notice
     it’s Jesus they see.
So I study harder
     and take a good look.
At just what He says
     when I open His Book.
Not so I know it
     as a collection of fact.
But that it transforms me
     in the way that I act.

Jesus did tell me
     to do my good deeds.
So people do see Him
     as I’m meeting their needs.
To offer forgiveness
     and grace without end.
To pray that they’ll know Him
     as redeemer and friend.
When I’m more like Jesus
     to the people I meet.
Perhaps they will seek Him
     and fall at His feet.

That is the purpose
     of the sermons I preach.
To help us live different,
     the Bible I teach.
Not so we know more
     for information.
We practice it daily
     for transformation.
When our life is changed
     by advice that Luke gives.
We’re more likely heard
     when we say that Christ lives.
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I’ve been spending time with God in the gospel of Luke as I continue preparing a sermon series that I am preaching. The point of the series is not to simply know the life of Christ for information, but to allow His life to transform the way we live. I pray that we represent Christ well in all of our interactions with people.

In prayer,
Tom