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Friday Digest BSF People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IN BSF PEOPLE OF THE PROMISE: KINGDOM DIVIDED LESSON 10

  • God is at work unseen at all times
  • We trust God even though we don’t understand His ways
  • Serve others selfishlessly
  • God preserves those who do the right thing
  • God’s power is all that we need
  • God leads you where He wants you to go
  • Must choose God daily
  • God keeps His promises

TAKE AWAY: God’s plans always prevail.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 5: 2 Kings 12-14; 2 Chronicles 24-25

SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 12

Joash reigned 40 years. Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3 The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

Joash wanted the temple repaired, but it took 23 years because the priests did not repair the temple. Hazael king of Aram went up and attacked Gath and captured it and only left after Joash gave them sacred objects from the temples.

His officials conspired against him and assassinated him at Beth Millo, on the road down to Silla. Amaziah his son succeeded him as king.

SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 13

Jehoahaz son of Jehu became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. So the Lord’s anger burned against Israel, and for a long time he kept them under the power of Hazael king of Aram and Ben-Hadad his son.

Jehoahaz died and Jehoash his son succeeded him as king. He reigned sixteen years and did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Jehoash rested with his ancestors, and Jeroboam succeeded him on the throne. 

Elisha died.

Hazael king of Aram died, and Ben-Hadad his son succeeded him as king.

SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 14

Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah began to reign. He reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years and did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He executed the officials who had murdered his father the king. 

Amaziah challenged Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, to battle. Judah was routed by Israel, and every man fled. Jehoash king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Ahaziah, at Beth Shemesh. Then Jehoash went to Jerusalem and took all the gold and silver and all the articles found in the temple of the Lord and in the treasuries of the royal palace and gave them to Hazael king of Aram who finally withdrew.

Jehoash died and Jeroboam his son succeeded him as king. The people conspired against him and killed him, and Azariah his son who was 16 took the throne.

Jeroboam (II) son of Jehoash king of Israel became king in Samaria, and he reigned forty-one years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Jeroboam rested and Zechariah his son succeeded him as king.

SUMMARY OF 2 CHRONICLES 24

The workers rebuilt the temple of God according to its original design and reinforced it. The rest of the money was used to make articles for the Lord’s temple: articles for the service and for the burnt offerings, and also dishes and other objects of gold and silver. As long as Jehoiada lived, burnt offerings were presented continually in the temple of the Lord.

After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them. 18 They abandoned the temple of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. Because of their guilt, God’s anger came on Judah and Jerusalem.

The Spirit of God came on Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. “This is what God says: ‘Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands? You will not prosper. Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has forsaken you.’”

Joash was killed for murdering the son of Jehoiada the priest

SUMMARY OF 2 CHRONICLES 25

Amaziah called the people of Judah together and assigned them according to their families to commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds for all Judah and Benjamin. He then mustered those twenty years old or more and found that there were three hundred thousand men fit for

When Amaziah returned from slaughtering the Edomites, he brought back the gods of the people of Seir. He set them up as his own gods, bowed down to them and burned sacrifices to them. The anger of the Lord burned against Amaziah, and he sent a prophet to him, who said, “Why do you consult this people’s gods, which could not save their own people from your hand?”

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 5: 2 Kings 12-14; 2 Chronicles 24-25

12a) Jehoiada guided his nephew Joash. He helped with the temple’s repairs and helped Israel to be faithful.

b) After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them. They abandoned the temple of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols. Because of their guilt, God’s anger came on Judah and Jerusalem. Jehoash went to Jerusalem and took all the gold and silver and all the articles found in the temple of the Lord and in the treasuries of the royal palace and gave them to Hazael king of Aram who finally withdrew.

13) Jehoahaz King of Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord. Israel did not turn away from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit; they continued in them. Also, the Asherah pole remained standing in Samaria. Jehoash King of Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord. He warred against against Amaziah king of Judah.

14) Elisha’s confidence in the fact that God always had his back.

15) Dear Lord, help me to live faithfully and give me the power to do so. Help me to be strong in the face of temptation and give me perseverance for you.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 5: 2 Kings 12-14; 2 Chronicles 24-25

Long readings. Lots of redundancy. Lots of similar names. Keep at it. You’re growing closer to God!

I’m surprised no one took Elisha’s bones after the first miracle for other miracles. I would have!

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 5: 2 Kings 12-14; 2 Chronicles 24-25

The temple needed repairs because it was vandalized by Athaliah and her sons (2 Chronicles 24:7). The money coming into the temple was from the census, taxes, and offerings. The priest did get the repairs done. Remember building projects took a long time in ancient times.

The kingdom of Syria attacked Judah, and King Joash was wounded. 2 Chronicles 24:23-24 To get rid of Syria, he used the temple’s treasures rather than trusting God.

Joash began strong but strayed at the end, as did so many of Israel’s kings.

2 Kings 13

Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu became king over Israel according to God’s promise to Jehu 2 Kings 10:30.

God rescues his unbelieving people again when they cry out to Him.

We see a civil war between Israel and Judah.

Elisha dies.  Elisha said these words to Elijah at the end of his life.  2 Kings 2:12

The arrows represented victories and Joash did not use them properly as Elisha’s last gift to him before he dies. Shooting an arrow in the direction of the enemy was an ancient custom.

Anytime God tells us to have faith, we must be bold, not timid like Joash here. Small actions can add up to a lot.

Fun Fact: This is the only time in the Bible that a miracle was performed by the bones of a dead guy. Yet, the entire relic idea pushed by the Catholic church began here.

2 Kings 14

Amaziah executed the servants who killed his dad. This is wise to protect himself and Biblical Genesis 9:5-7 as murderers were punished by execution but not the children (Deuteronomy 24:16) as God’s law says (but custom demanded).

Amaziah destroyed the Edomites with God’s help  2 Chronicles 25:5-16 but then turned from God afterward (2 Chronicles 25:14) and decided to attack Israel. 2 Chronicles 25:5-16

Amaziah was captured and turned into a prisoner in Israel. He lost all his wealth, too. Then he was assassinated (2 Kings 12:20-21).

The reign of Azariah is about to begin, and he’s the greatest king of Judah after David. Finally!

God let Jeroboam II enjoy great prosperity in Israel. He also helped to neutralize Syria, Israel’s great enemy, with the rise of Assyria. He died in 752 BC. His sone, Zechariah reigned next. He is the fourth generation of Jehu (2 Kings 10:30).

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