Bible Stories for Adults
2 Kings 2-9, 13
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Next Week - Joash of Judah (2 Kings 11-12, 2 Chronicles 17-24)
Bible Words to Remember:
The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18
Past Weeks - Elijah (1 Kings 15 - 2 Kings 2)
Why did God send Elijah to Israel during Ahab's reign?
1 Kings 18:21 = To turn the people back to Him, away from Baal
What did Elijah's name mean and why was it significant?
1 Kings 18:39 = Elijah means Yahweh is God. He came to show this
How was Elijah's life on earth ended?
2 Kings 2:11 = Chariot of fire took him to heaven in a whirlwind
Did Elijah's power and role in God's plan mean he was more than just a man?
James 5:16-18 = No, he was a faithful man who prayed
Elijah's Successor (1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2:1-18)
Who selected Elijah's successor and who was it?
1 Kings 19:15a, 16b = God sent Elijah to anoint Elisha as successor
Was Elisha an experienced prophet & how did Elijah tell him he was chosen?
1 Kings 19:19 = A successful farmer's son; Threw cloak on him (no words) & kept walking
Did Elisha understand what Elijah had done?
1 Kings 19:20 = Yes, took action like he HAD to go & follow Elijah
How did Elisha respond to Elijah's comment letting him choose to go or not?
1 Kings 19:21 = Offered sacrifice of praise for selection & went
How faithful of a servant was Elisha?
2 Kings 2:2 = He stayed with Elijah from Gilgal, Bethel & Jericho
Did anyone know Elijah was leaving?
2 Kings 2:3,7-8 = Other prophets knew, 50 watched E & E cross Jordan
What did Elisha want when Elijah asked if there were any last requests before he left?
2 Kings 2:9-10 = Inherit Elijah's role as God's prophet to Israel
Did God allow Elisha to see Elijah leave & thereby inherit the role of God's prophet?
2 Kings 2:11-12 = Yes
How was it made known that Elisha was now Elijah's successor?
2 Kings 2:13-15 = Elisha repeated the miracle of parting the Jordan
God Is Salvation (2 Kings 2:19-25)
Was Elijah ever able to convince Ahab that Jahweh is God?
1 Kings 21:27 = Yes, Ahab mourned the punishment for his rejection of the Lord
What other truth about the Lord did Israel miss? = Elisha means God is Salvation
1 Kings 22:6-8 = Ahab turns to Baal prophets (not God's) for advice in fighting Aram
2 Kings 1:2 = Ahaziah calls on Baal-Zebub in response to injuries
How did Elisha immediately make his point that salvation is from God?
2 Kings 2:19-22 = Miracle where the Lord healed poisonous water
How did Elisha also show that without God there is no salvation?
2 Kings 2:23-25 = Sent bear to youths who profaned God's prophet
What was so bad about the youths calling Elisha names?
2 Chronicles 36:16 = Mocking God's messenger will arouse the wrath of the Lord
Salvation from Hopeless Circumstances (2 Kings 3)
What did Joram (Ahab's son) plan in response to Moab refusing to be subject to Israel?
2 Kings 3:5-6 = To take them back by force
Did Joram look to God for help in this effort? = Pass thru Judah & Edom to attack from south
2 Kings 3:7 = No, he turned to Jehoshaphat of Judah (also to Edom)
What happened to the armies that showed the need for God's salvation?
2 Kings 3:9-10 = Ran out of water after marching 7 days (long way around Dead Sea)
How did Elisha respond to Joram's request for salvation?
2 Kings 3:11-14 = Go ask your Baal prophets (Jehoshaphat's idea to see Elisha)
What miracle did Elisha use to show God's salvation?
2 Kings 3:16-18, 20 = Dig ditches in desert, they filled with water
How did God use this to save Israel from the Moabites?
2 Kings 3:22-24 = Water looked like blood to Moabites, killed when trying to plunder
Salvation Through Life to Individuals (2 Kings 4:1-37)
How did Elisha show God's salvation to a widow about to lose her sons?
2 Kings 4:1-5, 7 = Paid debts with everflowing oil
How did Elisha show God's salvation to the barren Shunammite woman?
2 Kings 4:8, 13-17 = He gave her a son - she had no other needs
What happened that gave Elisha another opportunity to help the woman?
2 Kings 4:18-20 = The boy died
What did Elisha do that showed God's salvation?
2 Kings 4:32-35 = He prayed and brought him back to life
Salvation Through Nourishment (2 Kings 4:38-44)
How did Elisha show God's salvation to a group of starving prophets?
2 Kings 4:38-41 = He made poisonous stew edible
Which of Jesus' miracles did Elisha perform a small version?
2 Kings 4:42-44 = Fed 100 with 20 loaves (Feeding of 5000)
Salvation Through Health (2 Kings 5)
Who was Naaman and what was his problem?
2 Kings 5:1 = Commander of Aram army, had leprosy (any of a variety of skin diseases)
How did a servant girl direct Naaman to the Lord?
2 Kings 5:2-3 = Told that prophet in Israel could cure his leprosy
How did Joram misinterpret the letter sent by the king of Aram?
2 Kings 5:6-7 = Thought Aram was picking a fight by asking for the impossible
What was Elisha's solution for Naaman's problem?
2 Kings 5:10 = Wash 7 times in the Jordan
How was Naaman's cleansing like our cleansing from the leprosy of sin?
Acts 2:38 = Be baptized ... for the forgiveness of your sins
How excited was Naaman about this miracle answer from God?
2 Kings 5:11-12 = Angry at stupid suggestion, expected magic & to see Elisha
Was Elisha's instruction foolish?
1 Corinthians 1:25 = Foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom
How does Naaman's response remind us of our own questioning?
John 4:48 = Unless you people see miraculous signs & wonders you will never believe
What was the main purpose of Elisha's solution?
Hebrews 11:1 = To build Naaman's faith
Did Elisha's solution have the desired effect?
2 Kings 5:13-17 = Yes, he confessed his faith & promised to follow only God
Why wouldn't Elisha accept Naaman's gift?
Acts 8:20 = Can't buy God's gift of saving grace
How was Elisha's servant punished for his faith in wealth instead of God?
2 Kings 5:20, 24-27 = He was given Naaman's leprosy
Salvation From Daily Worries (2 Kings 6)
How did Elisha show God's salvation while prophets built a meeting place?
2 Kings 6:5-7 = Made a borrowed axhead float
Salvation From Enemies (2 Kings 6)
How did Elisha protect the king of Israel from personal threats by Aram?
2 Kings 6:8-10 = Told him where king of Aram would be camping
What plan the king of Aram make to eliminate this intelligence leak?
2 Kings 6:11-13 = Capture Elisha
Why wasn't Elisha afraid when Aramean forces came to capture him?
2 Kings 6:15-17 = He saw God's larger & more powerful army
How did Elisha "single-handedly" capture the Aramean troops?
2 Kings 6:18-20 = God blinded them & Elisha led them into Samaria
What was the fate of these men and how did this affect the war?
2 Kings 6:21-23 = They were fed & released, Aram withdrew
Salvation From Famine (2 Kings 6-7)
What caused a famine in Samaria and how bad did it get?
2 Kings 6:24-26, 28-29 = Besieged by Aram, Costly donkey heads & seed pods, ate kids
Who did King Joram blame the famine on?
2 Kings 6:31 = Elisha (His father Ahab had blamed famine on Elijah)
What did Elisha promise that would show God's salvation?
2 Kings 7:1-2 = Lots of food would be real cheap within 24 hours
How did God make this happen?
2 Kings 7:3, 5-7, 16 = God made Arameans hear great army & they ran away leaving camp
How did Elisha protect the Shunammite woman from another famine?
2 Kings 8:1, 3, 6 = Sent her away, land returned when she came back
Salvation Through Death (2 Kings 13)
How did Elisha show God's salvation to Israel from his death bed?
2 Kings 13:14, 17 = Had Jehoash shoot arrow out window for victory over Aram at Aphek
How did Elisha affect other victories over the Arameans?
2 Kings 13:18-19 = Had Jehoash strike ground, once for each victory
How did Elisha's body show God's salvation from death well after his death?
2 Kings 13:20-21 = Dead man revived when body touched Elisha's bones
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