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2 Kings 18-20
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Faithfulness of Israel (2 Kings 17)
How faithful was the northern kingdom of Israel and its kings?
2 Kings 17:21-22 = People and kings persisted in the sins of Jeroboam
How did God respond to this faithlessness of His people?
2 Kings 17:23 = Exiled the people to Assyria and eliminated the nation
How did God respond to this faithlessness of His kings?
1 Kings 21:21-22 = Stopped evil dynasties and called other kings
Faithfulness of Judah's Early Kings (1 Kings 14-15)
How faithful were the people of the southern kingdom of Judah?
2 Chronicles 11:13-14, 16-17 = They began very faithful; Included faithful from Israel
Did Judah and its kings remain faithful?
2 Chronicles 12:1-2 = Abandoned the Lord when his position was established, punished
Did Judah return to faithfulness after Rehoboam was punished?
1 Kings 15:1, 3 = No, his son, Abijah, walked in the sins of his father
Why did God allow this one dynasty to remain throughout the life of the nation of Judah?
1 Kings 15:4-5 = Because of David's faithfulness and God's promise to him
Were all of Judah's kings unfaithful?
1 Kings 22:41, 43 = Next kings, Asa & Jehoshaphat, enacted reforms & were faithful
Why were the next three rulers of Judah considered evil? = Jehoram, Ahaziah, Athaliah
2 Chronicles 21:5-6 = Walked in ways of Israel since Jehoram married Ahab's daughter
How was this reign of evil ended by a seven year old? = Athaliah killed
2 Chronicles 22:11-12; 23:11, 21 = Joash hidden in temple until priest anointed him at 7
Joash (2 Chronicles 24)
How faithful was this new king? = Judah reformed during Jehoiada, temple repaired
2 Chronicles 24:2, 17-19 = Faithful until Jehoiada died, then turned from the Lord
How did Joash respond when Jehoiada's son tried to turn him back to the Lord?
2 Chronicles 24:22 = Had him stoned for speaking against the king
How did God respond to Joash's rejection of Him and His servant?
2 Chronicles 24:24-25 = Judah & Jerusalem conquered by Syria, Joash assassinated
Amaziah (2 Kings 14; 2 Chronicles 25)
How faithful was Joash's son Amaziah? = Canaanites had built high places to worship their gods
2 Kings 14:1, 3-4 = Did right in the eyes of the Lord as Joash, not as good as David
Did God's blessing of victory over Edom (Seir) further build Amaziah's faith?
2 Chronicles 25:14-15 = No, he kept & worshipped Edomite gods
How did God punish Amaziah for rejecting Him?
2 Chronicles 25:20, 22, 27 = Routed by Israel; Amaziah went in hiding, then was killed
Uzziah - Azariah (2 Chronicles 26)
How faithful was Amaziah's son Uzziah (also called Azariah) = Right in the eyes of the Lord
2 Chronicles 26:1, 4-5 = As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success
How did God reward Uzziah's faithfulness?
2 Chronicles 26:7-8, 10, 15 = God gave him victory, peace, prosperity, fame and power
Did Uzziah lose faith over time as his predecessors had? = God called priests, Uzziah not invited
2 Chronicles 26:16 = Yes, he became proud; entered temple although restricted to priests
How did God punish Uzziah for defying His regulations regarding the temple?
2 Chronicles 26:19, 21 = Inflicted with leprosy for rest of his life, lived in quarantine
Jotham (2 Chronicles 27)
How faithful was Uzziah's son Jotham?
2 Chronicles 27:2-3 = Right in the eyes of the Lord; people worshipped at high places
How did God bless Jotham for his faithfulness?
2 Chronicles 27:5 = Made Ammonites subject to Judah
Ahaz (2 Chronicles 28)
How faithful was Jotham's son Ahaz? = Even sacrificed his sons to the Baals
2 Chronicles 28:1-4 = Turned to heavy Baal worship - worse than Ahab in Israel
How did God punish Ahaz for this evil?
2 Chronicles 28:5, 8 = Defeated by Syria (Aram) and Israel - people taken prisoner
Did Ahaz turn to God for protection from Syria and Israel?
2 Chronicles 28:16, 20 = No, he turned to Assyria who brought more trouble than help
Did Ahaz come to his senses and turn to the Lord in his trouble?
2 Chronicles 28:22-25 = Turned even further away; worshipped Syrian gods, closed temple
God's Responds to His Unfaithful People (2 Kings 17)
How did God respond at this time to the continued evil and rejection by His nation of Israel?
2 Kings 17:22-23 = Sent Assyria to conquer & deport the people of Israel
Since Judah had occasionally returned to faithfulness, did God give them even another chance?
Isaiah 1:1-2, 18-20 = He tried to bring them back again by sending Isaiah
Hezekiah (2 Kings 18; 2 Chronicles 29)
Was the next king, Hezekiah, as evil and faithless as his father Ahaz?
2 Chronicles 29:1-2 = No, he was faithful, even like his father David
How did he match up to the other good kings of Judah?
2 Kings 18:5-7 = None like him before or after; The Lord was with him, successful
What is the first thing Hezekiah did as king that showed his faithfulness?
2 Chronicles 29:3-5 = Reopened, repaired & purified the temple, Consecrated priests
What did Hezekiah do as soon as he was told that the temple was ready (took 16 days)?
2 Chronicles 29:20-21, 27-29 = Rededicated the temple with sacrifices and great worship
Hezekiah's Passover (2 Chronicles 30)
What did Hezekiah decide to do since it was too late to celebrate Passover (14th day of 1st month)?
2 Chronicles 30:2-3 = Hold it a month late - better late than never to worship God
How did he show his desire for all of God's chosen people to return to the Lord?
2 Chronicles 30:1 = Invited ALL Israelites - sent a proclamation as far as Dan (v5)
How did Hezekiah handle the problem that Israel had forgotten over 200 yrs how to be purified?
Note: By delaying Passover a month, he'd fit Israel's schedule as set by Jeroboam
2 Chronicles 30:18-20 = He prayed that God would accept them anyway; He did
How did everyone feel about this renewed Passover festival?
2 Chronicles 30:26-27 = There was great joy, God heard them
Did this great joy die down the day after the festival?
2 Chronicles 31:1 = No, they went throughout Judah and destroyed pagan worship places
Assyria Threatens (2 Kings 18-19; 2 Chronicles 32)
What happened in the northern nation of Israel a few years later?
2 Kings 18:9-12 = Assyria conquered, exiled and eliminated Israel
Did God protect Judah from any threat by Assyria because of Hezekiah's faithfulness?
2 Chronicles 32:1 = No, God doesn't promise His faithful will be free of problems (Job)
How did Hezekiah encourage the people in Jerusalem?
2 Chronicles 32:6-8 = Agreed that the sides weren't even, but because God was on theirs
What does this mean for our everyday lives?
Romans 8:31 = If God is for us, who can be against us?
How did the Assyrians try to get the Jews to turn on Hezekiah? = Pagan high places used for years
2 Chronicles 32:10-12 = Hezekiah is lying; He even destroyed your god's high places
Why should the Jews trust the Assyrians instead of Hezekiah?
2 Chronicles 32:13-15 = The Assyrians' power and victories show your god can't help
How did the people respond and how did Hezekiah respond?
2 Kings 18:36; 19:1 = People didn't respond; Hezekiah humbled himself before the Lord
What else did Hezekiah do that showed his faithfulness?
2 Chronicles 32:20 (see 2 Kings 19) = Joined Isaiah in deep prayer to God
How did God respond to Hezekiah's prayer? = Salvation only from God, not by Hezekiah's doing
2 Chronicles 32:21-23 (2 Kings 19:35-37) = He sent an angel who defeated the Assyrians
Hezekiah Gets Sick (2 Kings 20:1-11)
When is the next time we see Isaiah and Hezekiah together?
2 Kings 20:1 = Isaiah tells Hezekiah he is going to die from an illness he has
How does Hezekiah respond to this news that he has a terminal illness?
2 Kings 20:2-3 = He turns to God in prayer for mercy
How did God respond to Hezekiah's prayer?
2 Kings 20:4-7 = He blessed him with another 15 years of life
How else did God bless Hezekiah at this time?
2 Kings 20:8-11 = Gave him a miraculous sign of a shadow going backwards
Hezekiah's Pride (2 Kings 20:12-21; 2 Chronicles 32:25-33)
Why did God send a high-powered entourage from Babylon to visit Hezekiah?
2 Chronicles 32:31 = To test his faith
How did Hezekiah respond to this test?
2 Kings 20:12-13 = He showed off all of his wealth - His pride got to him
What kind of wealth did Hezekiah show off?
2 Chronicles 32:27-29 = Great riches - silver, gold, jewels, spices, weapons, storehouses...
How did God respond to Hezekiah letting his pride get away with him?
2 Kings 20:14-18 = Isaiah said it would all eventually be taken by Babylon
How did Hezekiah feel about this punishment for just giving a tour to guests?
2 Kings 20:19 = He acknowledged his sin and accepted the punishment
How did the people respond to Hezekiah's death?
2 Chronicles 32:32-33 = The people of Jerusalem honored him when he died
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