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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 5: Psalm 46, Lamentations 3:22-23 & Others

SUMMARY OF PSALM 46 & LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23

Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. We will not fear. God is with us, our fortress. He can do all things.

Lamentations 3:22-23:Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 5: Psalm 46, Lamentations 3:22-23 & Others

12) We are healed by Jesus’s wounds. We have peace because he died for us. Jesus takes away all of our sins when he suffered. He is our intercessor. Jesus will be at the right hand of God because of it.

13) Verse 1: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. It really doesn’t get any more comforting than this.

14a) We[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. James says the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance helps us to be more mature and complete in God, lacking nothing. Suffering gives us the courage to keep at it. We pray more when we suffer; we grow closer to God, too.

b) Because God comforts us in our suffering, we can comfort others in theirs. Suffering produces endurance and hope. We are tested by sufferings. Suffering can make us overjoyed when God’s glory is revealed. We are blessed because we have the Spirit of glory.

15) I am unsure. It might be to achieve my goals. To experience more. To grow my faith and perseverance.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 5: Psalm 46, Lamentations 3:22-23 & Others

I love the theme of perseverance here. Persevering is hard to do, but often yields the best things in our lives. Trials help us to persevere and overcome, bringing us closer to God and giving us a sense of self-worth.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 5: Psalm 46, Lamentations 3:22-23 & Others

God provides even in our suffering. He can provide comfort.

When we suffer, we expereince God’s nearness.

God knows exactly what we need to grow with Him.

If we never suffered, we might never truly depend on God.

Suffering allows us to long for heaven.

Be still is the idea for humanity to stop opposing God, for he is the Great I Am. Instead, surrender.

God is compassionate even in His judgment. Every day we have new hope, mercy, and compassion from God.

God is faithful, indeed.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 4: Isaiah 43:19 & Others

ISAIAH 43:19

See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.”

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 4: Isaiah 43:19 & Others

9a) Suffering makes you realize that you are not in control of your life, so you turn to the One who is for help to get through your troubles and get at least a sense of normalcy.

b) There have been many difficulties in my life, from bankruptcy to moves and more. Every time, I grow closer to Him and His ways and path for my life.

c) I am inspired by all those throughout history that have suffered for a cause or for the kingdom, from the apostles who were martyred to Christians today who refuse to compromise on the Words of the Bible. It inspires me to be a better person.

10)

Numbers 32:23: He draws us to Him when we fail to do things His way or follow His Word.

Psalm 40:17: He uses financial difficulties (or poor in spirit), so we depend on Him.

Psalm 118:13-14: He uses our setbacks to grow us towards Him.

Jeremiah 9:7: He tests us to refine us and draw us closer to Him.

Zechariah 13:9: He refines us by fire in our lives so we call upon Him.

11a) Pride. Self-aggrandizement. The need to be right and be in control. The shame we feel admitting we failed.

b) God shows others through me that you don’t have to be perfect; you are great even in your weaknesses.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 4: Isaiah 43:19 & Others

Great study on suffering. We only need to turn to God to come through on the other side.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 22, Day 4: Isaiah 43:19 & Others

God will make our way. We just have to trust Him.

Our job is to remain faithful through suffering and grow from it. To trust Him through the pain and hard times.

His will and work are accomplished through our pain.

He will complete His work in us.

In hard times, we recognize the truth — that God upholds us every day.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 4: Isaiah 54-57

SUMMARY OF ISAIAH 54-57

Isaiah 54

Israel will be restored similar to a barren woman who now bears children. Remember that having kids was paramount in ancient times, and if you were barren, you were shamed. Here, the Lord gives barren women children. Israel will be released from exile and their shame.

God will not forsake Israel. He promises them prosperity, peace, and protection.

Isaiah 55

God invites us to receive His blessings and be led by Him. God invites us to be forgiven by Him.

God’s ways are not our ways; He is higher in all respects.

God will accomplish His purpose as His word says.

We will have joy and blessing with restoration.

Isaiah 56

Isaiah says to stay obedient and keep your righteousness. Do what is right and you will be blessed. No one is excluded from God’s blessings.

God’s temple (or house) shall be a house of prayer for all nations.

God will judge the blind leaders of Israel.

Isaiah 57

The idolatry of God’s people is like spiritual adultery, which is what caused their exile.

The wicked make fun of the righteous. God will judge His people for their disobedience.

The way of peace and restoration is Jesus. We must understand God’s majesty, His love for us, and be humble.

God will redeem His people, but the wicked will have no peace.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 4: Isaiah 54-57

10)

54:7: God cares for us and always brings us back to Him.

55:1-7: God welcomes everyone and provides everything they need. He will have mercy on all and forgive all.

55:8-13: God’s ways are not our ways, neither are his thoughts. His ways and thoughts re higher than ours. God’s word accomplishes His purposes.

57:15: For this is what the high and exalted One says—
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.

11a) This is a daily occurrence for me since I don’t understand much of what happens in my life without Him.

b) I know that God has it, so I don’t have to worry about it.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 4: Isaiah 54-57

Because of what Jesus did, we are delivered. God calls us of us to turn to Him. Incredibly beautiful!

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 4: Isaiah 54-57

Isaiah 54

Israel will be restored similar to a barren woman who now bears children. Remember that having kids was paramount in ancient times, and if you were barren, you were shamed. Here, the Lord gives barren women children. Israel will be released from exile and their shame.

Paul quotes this in Galatians 4:27,

God will not forsake Israel. He promises them prosperity, peace, and protection.

Isaiah 55

God invites us to receive His blessings and be led by Him. God invites us to be forgiven by Him.

God’s ways are not our ways; He is higher in all respects.

God will accomplish His purpose as His word says.

We will have joy and blessing with restoration.

Isaiah 56

God’s people are severely disheartened and discouraged. Here, Isaiah says to stay obedient and keep your righteousness.

God’s temple (or house) shall be a house of prayer for all nations.

God will judge the blind leaders of Israel.

Isaiah 57

The idolatry of God’s people is like spiritual adultery, which is what caused their exile.

The wicked make fun of the righteous. God will judge His people for their disobedience.

The way of peace and restoration is Jesus. We must understand God’s majesty, His love for us, and be humble.

We can flourish because of Jesus’s sacrifice.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 2: Isaiah 49-52:12

SUMMARY OF ISAIAH 49-52:12

Isaiah 49

God called Isaiah to be his servant before Isaiah was born. God will display His splendor thorugh Isaiah. He told Isaiah he would bring back Israel, Jacob, and the Gentiles to him. Isaiah chose you. God will restore Israel. The people will not hunger or thirst. God will have compassion on them. The Lord comforts His people. He does not forsake them.

Other nations will bow down to Israel. God will have his revenge on Israel’s enemies. Then all will know that God is the Savior and Redeemer of Jacob.

Isaiah 50

The Lord tells Israel that they were exiled because of their transgressions. God tells Isaiah what to say. God helps him. He has awakened Isaiah’s ears to hear and his eyes to see. He has not been rebellious or turned away like Israel. He is confident in the Lord.

Isaiah 51

The Lord has blessed Israel and looks with compassion on them. He will bring justice, righteousness, and salvation. He will bring salvation forever, and God’s righteousness will never fail. He entreats the Israelites to awaken. He will rescue and comfort them. They are His people, and God will set them free.

Ruin has come to Israel because they rebuked him. However, the Lord will take the cup of his wrath from them and give it to their tormentors instead to drink. He defends His people.

Isaiah 52:1-12

The Lord tells his people to awaken and to know His name. Yet, God reigns and will bring salvation to earth.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 2: Isaiah 49-52:12

3a) God called Jesus to be his servant before he was born. God will display His splendor thorugh Jesus. He told Jesus he would bring back Israel, Jacob, and the Gentiles to him. Kings will bow before Jesus. God chose Jesus. God will restore Israel.

b) God tells Jesus what to say. God helps him. He has awakened Jesus’s ears to hear and his eyes to see. He has not been rebellious or turned away like Israel. He is confident in the Lord.

4a) Everyone expected the Messiah to be a Savior, a warrior, and very kingly. No one expected him to be humble, a healer, and a peacemaker. Eternal salvation.

b) It strokes the ego to have others adore you and admire you. In addition, being a servant is hard work.

5) Isaiah 49:1: Before I was born the Lord called me;
    from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.

It just gives me cofmort to know that the Lord has had a plan since the beginning of time, and it is playing out. It also gives me comfort to know that God knew me before I was born. It gives me a purpose to do His purpose because I matter to Him at the very least.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 2: Isaiah 49-52:12

Long passages of reading again, so hang in there! These can be confusing with the alternating of Isaiah speaking and God speaking and God speaking to Isaiah and to his people. The gist is that the Messiah has a mission to save and redeem the world and God’s people, so we can find comfort in that and be joyous.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 21, Day 2: Isaiah 49-52:12

Isaiah 49

Isaiah 49 discusses the Messiah’s mission. We see Jesus called and be prepared for his role before birth. The reference to Israel is a reference to Jesus.

Jesus blesses Israel and the nations. Jesus is to bring Israel back to the Lord and to bless the Gentiles, too.

Jesus is the covenant to the people.

The Lord is faithful to Zion and promises to bless them. He will not forget them.

Servant Song #1: Isaiah 42:1-9. Jesus is the light to nations.

Servant Song #2: Isaiah 49:1-13: The Messiah’s mission

Isaiah 50

Israel is questioning if God cares about them. God declares His love for them and is seen in Jesus’ submission to the Lord.

Jesus speaks to his people and challenges them to submit to God, too.

Servant Song #3: Isaiah 50:4-11: The Servant obeys, while Israel fails.

Isaiah 51

God’s past faithfulness will bring future blessing.

He says “Listen to me” three times here to get His people’s attention.

He will bring salvation and righteousness forever.

The people should fear God, not men.

The Lord is powerful, yet full of wrath.

Isaiah 52

The Lord will redeem Israel and He will vindicate His name before all who blasphemy it.

Be confident in the Lord.

Servant Song #4: Isaiah 52:13-53:12: The suffering of God’s servant in order to rid us of our sin forever.

God will send His promised Messiah to establish His kingdom, but the Messiah will suffer and will accomplish God’s purpose.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 5: Isaiah 48

SUMMARY OF ISAIAH 48

God foretold the events of the exile even though God’s people are stubborn so they could not say they were not warned.

God will tell His people of new things, but they will not understand nor hear them. God will delay His warth and not destroy His people. He will refine them for His sake and glory.

God is the first and the last. He teaches His people which way to go and what is best for them. If only they had paid attention, they would not have suffered.

Leave Babylon and be redeemed. There is no peace for the wicked.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 5: Isaiah 48

12a) Verses 4-8

b)  Verses 8-11. God knows His people neither hears nor understands Him, yet he delays His wrath and does not destroy His people. Instead, He refines them for his sake.

13a) God teaches His people which way to go and what is best for them. If only they had paid attention, they would not have suffered.

b) Peace and well-being. Prosperity and posterity.

14) Every day of my life. From all the places we have moved over the years to the present moment. At times, I cannot understand, but you just trust. Currently, I would like to move again. But I am abiding here until God says to move. I’m trying to embrace “Bloom where you are planted,” and some days are easier than others. Still, I trust God knows what is best for me and where we shall go.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 5: Isaiah 48

Much easier day! You made it. What a chapter of hope! Despite God’s chastizing, He never quits loving us. Verse 17 is a good one to hold onto in the midst of your troubles.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 20, Day 5: Isaiah 48

God chastizes Judah, yet shows them mercy. Judah is without excuse since God announced what would happen many times ahead of time. Yet, the people still sinned and rebelled.

God shows mercy for His name’s sake, to glorify Himself, and to further His eternal purpose.

God loves His people and wants what is best for them. He frees them from captivity to praise His name.

We see “There is no peace for the wicked” again in Isaiah 57:21

We’ve seen God promise to deliver His people from captivity and from Cyrus out of His love for His people.

Coming up, Isaiah will focus on the Messiah, the ulitmate deliverer of God’s people.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 4: Isaiah 6:5-8

SUMMARY OF ISAIAH 6:5-8

Isaiah deems himself unworthy to see the Lord. A seraphim touched him with a hot coal and said his sin was atoned for. The Lord asked for someone to send, and Isaiah replied, “Here am I. Send me!”

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 4: Isaiah 6:5-8

9a) Isaiah deems himself unworthy to see the Lord.

b) We often don’t understand just how much greater the Lord is than us, which means we see ourselves in a more prideful way than we should.

10a) God cleansed Isaiah of his sin and uncleanliness. He took away his guilt and atoned for his sins when the seraphim touched his lips with a live coal.

b) Humbly.

c) If you don’t acknowledge yourself as a sinner, then you can’t be sorry for your sins, confess them and repent, and receive forgiveness. As humans, we all sin and are prone to sin, and it is only through God’s power that we can overcome sin and move towards holiness.

11a) Isaiah responded immediately. God is always looking to send people out into His kingdom.

b) Not as responsive as I’d like. I usually resist, in fact. My selfishness and comfort hold me back. I need to be better at responding in the affirmative about this.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 4: Isaiah 6:5-8

This is one of my favorite Bible passages because we see God having mercy, compassion, and grace on people, cleansing and forgiving them, and then sending people out for him. And Isaiah’s response is how we all should be.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 18, Day 4: Isaiah 6:5-8

Seeing the holiness of God allowed Isaiah to more clearly see his unholiness. Many other great Biblical figures feel the same way in the presence of the Lord:

We sin a lot with our lips and our words, which is why Isaiah chose it here.

The burning coal was so hot that the seraphim had to use tongs to touch it.

The altar is like the one in the holy of holies. (Exodus 30:1-10), (Exodus 25:9). Fire is often used in the Bible for cleansing of sins.

Note the sequence here: Isaiah met God, was convicted of his sin, was cleansed, and then served. This is the pattern we all should follow.

Note God goes from singular (I) to plural (us), which is a reference to God as Three in One. People on God’s missions are sent.

Isaiah responded promptly and wanted to be sent.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 17, Day 3: 2 Kings 22:1-23; 20; 2 Chronicles 34

SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 22:1-23; 20; 2 CHRONICLES 34

2 Kings 22:

Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. The book of the Law was found in the temple. Josiah tore his robes when he read the book because he knew none of the other kings had followed it.

The Lord responded by saying He would bring disaster on this place and its people, according to everything written in the book the king of Judah has read. 17 “Because they have forsaken me and burned incense to other gods and aroused my anger by all the idols their hands have made,[a] my anger will burn against this place and will not be quenched.’ 18 Tell the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord: Because your heart was responsive and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I have spoken against this place and its people—that they would become a curse[b] and be laid waste—and because you tore your robes and wept in my presence, I also have heard you, declares the Lord. 20 Therefore I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place.’”

2 Kings 20:

When Hezekiah became ill, the prophet Isaiah said, “This is what the Lord says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” Hezekiah wept and the Lord promised to add 15 more years to his life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’

Hezekiah showed the envoys his riches, and Isaiah prophesied that they would be carried away by Babylon. His son, Manasseh, succeeded him as king.

2 Chronicles 34:

Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. He purged Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles and idols. Under his direction the altars of the Baals were torn down; he cut to pieces the incense altars that were above them, and smashed the Asherah poles and the idols. He repaired the temple of the Lord.

The book of the Law was found in the temple. Josiah tore his robes when he read the book because he knew none of the other kings had followed it. He read the book to the people and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord. Everyone in Jerusalem and Benjamin pledged themselves to it. Everyone followed the Lord as long as Josiah lived.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 17, Day 3: 2 Kings 22:1-23; 20; 2 Chronicles 34

6a)

2 Chronicles 34:1-2: Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.

2 Chronicles 34:3a: In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David.

2 Chronicles 34:3b-7: In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles and idols. Under his direction the altars of the Baals were torn down; he cut to pieces the incense altars that were above them, and smashed the Asherah poles and the idols. These he broke to pieces and scattered over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. He burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and so he purged Judah and Jerusalem. In the towns of Manasseh, Ephraim and Simeon, as far as Naphtali, and in the ruins around them, he tore down the altars and the Asherah poles and crushed the idols to powder and cut to pieces all the incense altars throughout Israel. Then he went back to Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 34:8:  In the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign, to purify the land and the temple, he sent Shaphan son of Azaliah and Maaseiah the ruler of the city, with Joah son of Joahaz, the recorder, to repair the temple of the Lord his God.

7a) He tore his robes and inquired of the Lord about the consequences of those who acted before him.

b) You truly can’t grow with God until you do acknowledge your weaknesses before Him.

8a) Nevertheless, the Lord did not turn away from the heat of his fierce anger, which burned against Judah because of all that Manasseh had done to arouse his anger. 27 So the Lord said, “I will remove Judah also from my presence as I removed Israel, and I will reject Jerusalem, the city I chose, and this temple, about which I said, ‘My Name shall be there.

b) God heard Josiah and postponed punishment: “Therefore I will gather you to your ancestors, and you will be buried in peace. Your eyes will not see all the disaster I am going to bring on this place.’”

Josiah read the Law to the people and renewed the covenant in the presence of the Lord. Everyone in Jerusalem and Benjamin pledged themselves to it. Everyone followed the Lord as long as Josiah lived.

c) I hope rightly. I hope I repent and turn to His ways and not mine. This is not always the case, I’m sure. I’m unsure on the recent experience.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 17, Day 3: 2 Kings 22:1-23; 20; 2 Chronicles 34

I love reading about the good kings much more than the bad kings. It gives me hope for the human race.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 17, Day 3: 2 Kings 22:1-23; 20; 2 Chronicles 34

2 Kings 22:

Josiah followed the Lord. He repaired the temple. According to 2 Chronicles 34, the repair of the temple happened after Josiah committed to the Lord at age 16 and began getting rid of idolatry in Judah. The book of the Law is found and read. Deuteronomy 31:24-27, tells us that there was a copy of the Book of the Law beside the ark of the covenant from Moses on. But, the book had been neglected for so long due to bad kings.

  •  Deuteronomy 17:18-20 says each king was to have a personal copy of the law, and he was to read it.
  • Deuteronomy 31:9-13 commands the entire law to be read to an assembly of the nation once every 7 years at the Feast of Tabernacles to remind the people of God’s word.

There was apublic reading of the law in Joshua 8:34, during the reign of Jehoshaphat (2 Chronicles 17:7-9), more than 500 years later, and in the reign of Josiah  (2 Chronicles 34:30), more than 250 years after Jehoshaphat. There could have been more readings, too.

A spiritual revival happened, especially in Josiah. He sought the Lord, and the Lord says judgment is coming, but he spares Josiah due to his faithfulness and postpones judgment of the people. We’ve seen this a lot in this study where God takes pity on his people when they repent and postpones judgment (Ahab,1 Kings 21:25-29). This should encourage us.

2 Kings 20:

God extends Hezekiah’s life 15 years when He tells him that he will die (which is kind of God). He does this because he was faithful to the Lord. We know from 2 Kings 18:2 and 2 Kings 20:6 that Hezekiah was 39 years old when God told him he would die soon. This is also recorded in Isaiah 38.

Hezekiah prayed to God, and God answers (something we all should do). God confirmed his prophecy with a sign (another thing God did not have to do but does out of mercy for us).

Next, we see Hezekiah sin by being prideful of his riches that God gave him. He did not testify about God to these envoys either. This is a sin that God addresses. God says they will be taken away to Babylon, but Hezekiah is joyous because it won’t be in his day.

Hezekiah did not finish well. Will you?

2 Chronicles 34:

Josiah was a good king who worked to end idolatry in Judah. He restored the temple and discovered the book of the Law again. Josiah is overjoyed and goes to God. God answers. He will punish his people but not in Josiah’s time. Josiah will be gathered to his people.

Josiah renews God’s covenant and helps the people to follow God’s ways.

Josiah finishes well. Will you?

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 16, Day 2: 2 Kings 15:8-31; 17

SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 15:8-31; 17

2 Kings 15:8-31

Zechariah son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned six months. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord.

Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against Zechariah. He attacked him in front of the people, assassinated him and succeeded him as king. So the word of the Lord spoken to Jehu was fulfilled: “Your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.

Menahem son of Gadi went from Tirzah up to Samaria. He attacked Shallum son of Jabesh in Samaria, assassinated him and succeeded him as king. He reigned in Samaria ten years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord.

Pekahiah son of Menahem became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned two years. Pekahiah did evil in the eyes of the Lord.

Pekah killed Pekahiah and succeeded him as king. He reigned twenty years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord.

Hoshea son of Elah conspired against Pekah son of Remaliah. He attacked and assassinated him, and then succeeded him as king.

2 Kings 17

Hoshea son of Elah became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned nine years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and deported the Israelites to Assyria.

All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up out of Egypt from under the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon, Kuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites. They took over Samaria and lived in its towns.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 16, Day 2: 2 Kings 15:8-31; 17

3a)

  • Zechariah son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned six months.
  • Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against Zechariah. He reigned one month.
  • Menahem son of Gadi. He reigned 10 years.
  • Pekahiah son of Menahem became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned two years
  • Pekah killed Pekahiah and succeeded him as king. He reigned twenty years.
  • Hoshea son of Elah became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned nine years.

b) Probably chaotic. There were assassinations at every turn. There was no stability. Then Shalmaneser king of Assyria attacked and took the Israelites captive and deported them.

4) Israel had been paying Shalmaneser king of Assyria tribute to avoid an invasion. Instead, Hoshea went to the king of Egypt instead and quit paying tribute, so the king of Assyria attacked and took the Israelites captive and deported them.

5a)  All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God. They worshiped other gods and followed the practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before them, as well as the practices that the kings of Israel had introduced. The Israelites secretly did things against the Lord their God that were not right. They set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. At every high place they burned incense. They did wicked things that made God angry. Thye forsook all the commands of God, so exile was their punishment.

b) Well, as we’ve seen, they get attacked and deported. God’s blessings turn to judgment, and anything can happen. Life becomes even harder without God.

c) Lots of ways. We can look to other people, material things, other items we own, have, or want. Ultimately, every path is empty.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 16, Day 2: 2 Kings 15:8-31; 17

Lots of history here and a good insight into just how turbulent ancient times were.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 16, Day 2: 2 Kings 15:8-31; 17

In 2 Kings 15, we see 5 kings that reigned over Israel in a short amount of time.

Note that all did evil in the eyes of the Lord except Shallum, whom the writer does not say whether he was good or bad. It’s probably safe to assume he was bad.

Assyria moved many conquered nations and peoples to their lands. The land of Israel is not reduced to a small piece of land.

2 Kings 17 tells about the complete fall of Israel into the hands of the Assyrians.

Hoshea and Israel were subjects under Assyria and paid them money. However, Hoshea hoped to find help with Egypt. When Assyria found out, they attacked Israel, showing no mercy. Hoshea needed to turn to the Lord for help, not Egypt.

It took Assyria three years to conquer Israel, but they did. They deported all but the poor to Assyria.

It had been a short 200 years and many kings (19 in total) since Solomon when Israel was united when the Northern Kingdom of Israel fell.

It has been reported that Assyrians would lead captives away naked and pierced. Truly humbling for God’s people — all because God was ignored.

When Israel was resettled by the Assyrians, God is angry because they did not fear Him. He sent lions to show His power. Priests were sent, but the people still forsook God.

It’s simple — obey God and be saved. Yet, this is the ulimate example of Israel’s failure to do so.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 15, Day 5: Hosea 14

SUMMARY OF HOSEA 14

Hosea entreats Israel to repent and return to God. God will love them freely if so. His anger will be turned away, and they will blossom. Let them understand that the ways of the Lord are right.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 15, Day 5: Hosea 14

12) God commands a certain prayer: Say to him:
    “Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.
Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount warhorses. We will never again say ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion.”

God promises:

“I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.
I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily.
Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots;6 his young shoots will grow.
His splendor will be like an olive tree,  his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
People will dwell again in his shade; they will flourish like the grain,
they will blossom like the vine—   Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.
Ephraim, what more have I[c] to do with idols?I will answer him and care for him.
I am like a flourishing juniper, your fruitfulness comes from me.”

13) Israel’s restoration will be complete. It will be flourishing and splendid.

14a) We will be righteous if we walk in God’s ways.

b) Choose Him every day. Put Him first every day. Pray every day.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 15, Day 5: Hosea 14

I love how Hosea ends with hope. You can always come back to God no matter your sins. Always. Never forget that.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 15, Day 5: Hosea 14

God tells the Israelites exactly what to say in repentance. We take his words humbly and declare His greatness. God will then restore them abundantly.

Israel will be free from idols and wise. Even after sin, God awaits to restore.

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