2 Kings: Lesson 19 — Praying to a Powerful God!

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 19 (Praying to a Powerful God!)
2 Kings 19
May 14, 2014

The Text:

  1. How did Hezekiah respond to the reports of what was said by the Assyrian field commander?  What was the message he sent to Isaiah?  How did Isaiah respond?
  2. What report did the Assyrian field commander hear?  What did he do?  What did Sennacherib hear?  What message did he send to Hezekiah?
  3. What did Hezekiah do with the letter brought to him from Sennacherib?  How does he address God?  What does he say about Sennacherib?  What does he ask God to do?
  4. How does God respond to Hezekiah’s prayer?  What does God say about Sennacherib’s messages to Hezekiah?  What does God say about the things Sennacherib had accomplished?  What promise does God give Hezekiah?
  5. What does God promise regarding Sennacherib’s intended attack on Jerusalem?  What did God do in the Assyrian camp?  What did this cause Sennacherib to do?  What happened to him?

The Application:

  1. How do you respond to news of what seems to be insurmountable difficulty?  When you feel attacked because of your faith, are you more concerned that people are talking poorly about you or about God?  How does your life reflect the victory God has promised?
  2. What does it take to get you to change your course of action?  How often does pride keep you from backing down from your words — even when more pressing matters ought to be attended to?
  3. What do you do with attacks and complaints against you?  Is it easy or difficult to address God appropriately when you feel threatened?  How do you view those who speak and act against God?  What does it take for you to ask God to deliver you?
  4. Do you always feel like God hears your prayers?  Why/why not?  Do you think your words have ever insulted God?  What are some of your successes in life?  How have they happened?
  5. What can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus?  Does knowing that mean that you always live like it is true?  Do you believe God has the power and desire to defeat all that seeks to destroy you?  How will you live because of that?

Next Week:   A Wasted Opportunity
2 Kings 20

 

2 Kings: Lesson 18 — Standing Your Ground!

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 18 (Standing Your Ground!)
2 Kings 18
May 7, 2014

The Text:

  1. How was Hezekiah’s life like that of the kings before him?  How was it different — what did he do that others hadn’t?  How does God describe him?
  2. What was Hezekiah able to accomplish?  What was his interaction with the Assyrians and the Philistines?  What was happening in Israel while Hezekiah reigned in Judah?
  3. In Hezekiah’s fourteenth year of reign, what did the king of Assyria do?  How did Hezekiah respond?  Did Hezekiah’s actions satisfy Sennacherib, king of Assyria?  
  4. What message did Sennacherib send to Hezekiah?  What did Sennacherib’s message say about his view of Hezekiah’s actions in removing the high places and altars throughout Judah?  What did Hezekiah’s men ask the messenger to do?  Why?  What was the response? 
  5. What message did Sennacherib’s commander want the people of Jerusalem to hear?  What did he offer them?  What did he say about Hezekiah’s message to the people that “The Lord will deliver us.”?  What did the people do?  Why?

The Application:

  1. Are there things in your life, or the life of your family, which have become accepted that God would want you to remove?  How do/would you know?  What would it take in your life for God to say (in a good way) that there is none like you? 
  2. How much credit do you give to God for any success that you have?  Would you do anything different in/with your life if you believed God would make those efforts successful?  How do you feel when you see people around you fall to the enemy? 
  3. When you face attack or hardship, do you consider you may have done something wrong?  How likely are you to make an attempt of peace with those you have wronged?  Does your best efforts of peace mean peace will happen?         
  4. Have people ever misunderstood your worship of God?  Are there times when people seem to think you ought to worship God in a way that is different that what God says?  Have you ever spoken things publicly in order to intimidate/humiliate someone when you should have talked to them privately?      
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  5. Are there people around you who try to make you doubt God’s ability to save?  Are there times the enemy tempts us today with ease and comfort if we just go along with him?  How do you respond?

Next Week:   Praying to a Powerful God
2 Kings 19