Saturday, 28 June 2014

2 Kings 21-25

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

21:9 But the people did not listen. Manasseh led them astray, so that they did more evil than the nations the Lord had destroyed before the Israelites.

Manasseh actually repented in his old age (2 Chron. 33:10-13). But it was too late for the rest of Judah.

Amazing that he could be so evil after Hezekiah. And amazing that the people were so willing to be lead astray.

Susan said...

22:8 Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the temple of the Lord.” He gave it to Shaphan, who read it

Even without the book of the law Josiah had begun to repair the temple.

We don't need a 'special word' to start doing the right thing.

Susan said...

23:25 Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.

At last a good king! Who even celebrated the Passover which apparently had not been done for some time (v.22).

After generations of bad kings how was Josiah able to turn to the Lord? God always creates opportunity for whosoever will to turn to him and allows them to find their way back to himself.

Susan said...

24:20 It was because of the Lord’s anger that all this happened to Jerusalem and Judah, and in the end he thrust them from his presence.

"My Spirit will not contend with humans forever" (Genesis 6:3). God will act and not allow evil to continue forever.

Susan said...

25:9-10 He set fire to the temple of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down. The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem.

Israel and Judah has fallen from the heights of 1 Kings 4:20 ("they were happy") to the depths here at the end of 2 Kings. They lost everything - their temple, their land - everything that was important to them. Yet they didn't lose the one thing that should have matter the most - their relationship with God. Furthermore God sent them prophets while they were in Babylon - Daniel & Ezekiel.