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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 3: Amos 3-6

SUMMARY OF AMOS 3

More pronouncements of judgment against Israel and how they will be punished for their sins. An enemy will overrun Israel, and the foreign altars will be destroyed. But a remnant would be preserved.

SUMMARY OF AMOS 4

Israel has been warned, yet they still continue to sin.

SUMMARY OF AMOS 5

God warns his people to seek him and live or they will perish.

SUMMARY OF AMOS 6

God warns those who are complacent and says they will among the first to go into exile. The cries against the pride of Israel. He says a nation will oppress them as punishment.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 3: Amos 3-6

5a) The Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to the prophets. God has spoken just like the lion has roared, the bird has swooped, and the trumpets have sounded. Disasters the Lord has caused.

b) Because the people have sinned and turned away from God, God sent prophets to warn his people of his judgment if they don’t turn back to him. Israel needs to turn back or they will be judged.

6) The sins are how Israel does not do right and they plunder and they loot. The consequences are that an enemy will overrun the land and plunder them. The Israelites living in Samaria will be rescued. The altars of Bethel and houses will be destroyed when Israel is punished for her sins. The women will be taken away and cast out. God punished them periodically such as with little rain and food, but still they did not return to him. God sent plagues and killed young men with no one returning to him.

7a) “Yet you have not returned to me.” Amos 4:6; 8; 9; 10; 11  God gives his people chances to repent before he judges them.

b) Any type of calamity, whether a natural disaster or a personal disaster.

8 )

4:12: “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, Israel, prepare to meet your God.” If you sin, you will suffer the consequences.

5:4: “Seek me and live.” God is a God of second chances. He gives life to those who seek him.

5:14: “Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.” Be good, and God will be with you.

5:15: “Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.” Do good, and the Lord will have mercy.

9)

5:18: “Woe to those who long for the day of the Lord.” You should live each day as if the day of the Lord is here, but most of us don’t because the day of the Lord brings judgment, so we should be prepared.

6:1: “Woe to you who are complacent in Zion, and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria, you notable men of the foremost nation, to whom the people of Israel come.” This is an indulgent ease for comfort and luxury. It is easy to get comfortable and complacent in life, but we must always be seeking God and His ways.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 3: Amos 3-6

Long reading with lots of warnings here. At the end of the day, God just wants us to choose Him.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 13, Day 3: Amos 3-6

Amos 3: Israel rejected God despite the privileges they had of being with him. Thus, God enacts judgment.

God revealed to the prophets the judgment so people would turn to him. Israel would be overrun by Assyria in less than 30 years after Amos prophesied.

Amos 4: Bashan was known for its cattle.

Women of Israel indulged, so God would judge them. Their sacrifices were in vain. God would judge by withholding rain. He would send a plague. They would meet him.

Amos 5: God invites his people to seek him once again. He will save, but he will also judge.

Because they treated each other terribly, they would be judged. There would be wailing and woe on judgment day. Their sins would end in captivity.

Amos 6: Those who are comfortable should take heart as woe is coming. Those who are high-standing will be brought low. Israel will be destroyed.

Israel is too full of pride and injustice.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 12, Day 5: Jonah 4

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SUMMARY OF JONAH 4

Jonah expresses his anger that God saved Nineveh. He asks to die. Jonah leaves the city and waits. The Lord provides a plant for shade for him. It grows and then dies. God asks him if he has a right to be angry about the plant. He still wishes for death. Jonah’s concern for the plant is the same as God’s concern for the people of Nineveh who also needed tending to grow in faith.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 12, Day 5: Jonah 4

13a) That Jonah is playing God, deciding who should be saved and who should not.

b) Pride that he was better than the people of Nineveh. Anger that they were horrible sinners and God saved them when he was a prophet who was also saved. Anger that the Assyrians were his enemies (the enemy of God’s people). They should be judged, not granted mercy.

14a) Tenderly. By trying to explain to Jonah in a way he would understand about God’s infinite mercy for Nineveh.

b) “should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh” “you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity”

15) It really hasn’t. I’ve always understoon that God can forgive whoever he wants to forgive like he has forgiven me. It’s not on me to judge who he saves and who he doesn’t.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 12, Day 5: Jonah 4

I find it interesting how Jonah is playing God here and decides for God that Nineveh should not be saved. How many of us do this to our loved ones?

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 12, Day 5: Jonah 4

Most prophets are pleased with converts. Thus, Jonah’s reaction here is very different.

Without God’s mercy, Jonah would be dead. Yet, this same mercy granted to Nineveh overwhelms him with anger.

God questions us because we are in the wrong and He wants us to see it from a different (often His) perspective. Sure, we can be angry with God, but we are never right over God, and we must repent of that anger, which is often due to misunderstanding.

Jonah seemed to hope that God would still destroy Nineveh when he left. He did not understand God’s love for all of humanity.

Yet, if Jonah cared so much for a plant that he did nothing for, how much more is God’s caring and love for a people that He did everything for from the moment of their creation?

Fun Fact: This is the first time Jonah is recorded as being happy. And it’s all because of a plant.

Fun Fact: Jonah’s last words recorded in the Bible show him clinging to his ways and not God’s ways. Luckily, God always has the last word.

All of this prepared Jonah for God’s work. How is He preparing you today?

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 4: 2 Kings 11; 2 Chronicles 22:10-23:21

SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 11

When King Ahaziah died, his mother Athaliah killed all the princes except Joash who was saved by Jehosheba, a princess and sister to Ahaziah. He remained hidden for six years. In the seventh year, Jehoiada the priest commanded guards to kill anyone who tries to kill the king. Jehoiada anointed Joash king. Athaliah protested and was put to death.

Jehoiada then made a covenant between the Lord and the king and people that they would be the Lord’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. All the people of the land went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They smashed the altars and idols to pieces and killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars.

Joash took his place as king and everyone was calm now that Athaliah was gone. Joash was 7 years old when he began to reign.

SUMMARY OF 2 CHRONICLES 22:10-23:21

Jehoiada said to the people, “The king’s son shall reign, as the Lord promised concerning the descendants of David. Then Jehoiada placed the oversight of the temple of the Lord in the hands of the Levitical priests, to whom David had made assignments in the temple, to present the burnt offerings of the Lord as written in the Law of Moses, with rejoicing and singing, as David had ordered.  He also stationed gatekeepers at the gates of the Lord’s temple so that no one who was in any way unclean might enter.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 4: 2 Kings 11; 2 Chronicles 22:10-23:21

9) Athaliah was the mother of King Ahaziah of Judah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family.

10a) Joash was saved by Jehosheba, a princess and sister to Ahaziah. He remained hidden for six years.

b) I find it interesting how the people were calm after the death of Athaliah the kingdom was calm. It’s almost a sigh of relief when a bad person in power dies.

11) I still have my job. I have found (hopefully) someone who will help  me reach my goals. That was God because I just wanted to quit and not deal with it.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 4: 2 Kings 11; 2 Chronicles 22:10-23:21

I love how God always wins by sparing Joash so David’s line could continue. It’s encouraging when you are not winning in your life’s trials.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 10, Day 4: 2 Kings 11; 2 Chronicles 22:10-23:21

Remember that Ahaziah was executed by Jehu (2 Kings 9:27-29.)

Athaliah was the daughter of Ahab and Jezebel, and was given to King Jehoram of Judah as a bride. She obviously was a bad influence on both her husband (Jehoram of Judah) and her son (King Ahaziah of Judah).

This was after Jehu killed all of Ahab’s line. Thus, Athaliah took it upon herself to enact revenge by killing all of David’s line.

Yet, God wins with Jehosheba saving Joash.

Jehoiada the priest chose the Sabbath for the day of the coup because that was the day when the guards changed their shifts. This allowed him to assemble two groups of guards at the temple at the same time without attracting attention. Jehoiada followed all the processes of declaring Joash king.

Athaliah had to know her game was over when she say Joash, her grandson. They killed her mercifully, and Joash took reign and began enacting reforms.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 9, Day 4: 2 Kings 4:38-44

SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 2:4:38-44

Elisha instructs his servant to feed the company of prophets. The servant collects a wild vine’s gourds and cooked it in the stew. The men could not eat it because it tasted of death. Elisha put some flour in the stew to neutralize the bad ingredients.

Elisha feeds 100 men with 20 loaves of barley bread and some heads of new grain. The Lord had said the men would eat and have some left over.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 9, Day 4: 2 Kings 4:38-44

8 ) The needs are the basic need to eat.

9a) God is showing how he cares to meet our basic needs.

b) None.

10) It’s encouraging because sometimes it is the little things or the basic things that can be the most meaningful to others.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 9, Day 4: 2 Kings 4:38-44

More great miracles I had forgotten. Immediately upon reading Elisha feeding the 100, you think of Jesus feeding the 5,000. How great the Lord is to show his people precursors to Jesus.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 9, Day 4: 2 Kings 4:38-44

The famine mentioned in verse 38 may be the seven-year famine alluded to in 2 Kings 8:1-3

Elisha feels he has to fix the food since it was his servant that mistakenly prepared a bad food to eat. Some Bible scholars think it was a gourd known as colocynth that grows near the Dead Sea. It can be fatal, and it tastes extremely bitter. God purified the pot; not the flour.

Normally, firstfruits were reserved for God (Leviticus 23:20) and the Levitical priests (Numbers 18:13Deuteronomy 18:4-5). Because the religion in the Northern Kingdom was apostate, the loaves of bread were brought to the most religious person.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 8, Day 4: 2 Kings 3:1-19

SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 3:1-19

Joram (or Jehoram) son of Ahab became king of Israel during the reign of Jehoshaphat king of Judah and reigned 12 years. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, but he did get rid of the sacred stone of Baal.

Moab had to pay tribute to Israel with lambs and wool. But when Ahab died, Moab rebelled. Joram set out to control the rebellion. He asked Jehoshaphat to help, which he agreed to do. They set out through the desert of Edom and the king of Edom joined them. However, they marched for 7 days when they ran out of water. Jehoshaphat was the only one to seek God in this situation, asking for a prophet.

Elisha was amongst them. They called for him, and only because of the presense of Jehoshaphat did Elisha prophesy. The Lord said through Elisha to dig ditches that the Lord would fill with water for everyone and their animals. The Lord will hand Moab over to you.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 8, Day 4: 2 Kings 3:1-19

10) King Joram did evil in the eyes of the Lord, but he did get rid of the sacred stone of Baal. King Joram set out to control a rebellion, and he managed to unite Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom, too. This is great influence, indeed.

11a) Moab refused to pay tribute to Israel with lambs and wool. Jehoshaphat, King of Judah and the King of Edom

b) Jehoshaphat had made peace with Israel. (1 Kings 22:44).

c) They got lost and ran out of water.

d) Jehoshaphat called for Elisha to ask for God’s help.

12) One, don’t go wandering in the desert without enough water and no sense of direction. Two, don’t partner with unbelievers. Three, seek God when you’ve messed up. Four, do whatever God tells you to do.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 8, Day 4: 2 Kings 3:1-19

Again, we see God’s great mercy when he not only provides water that the men need to save their lives, but He also grants them victory over their enemies.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 8, Day 4: 2 Kings 3:1-19

Fun Fact: Joram is the 9th evil king over the kingdom of Israel.

Jehoshaphat was more experienced in battle than Joram, which is why he was asked which way to attack the Moabites.

Note how Joram immediately assumes God will not help them, and they have been sent into the hands of the Moabites; whereas, Jehoshaphat seeks God here. Joram blames God.

The three kings humble themselves and go to see Elisha who only agrees to speak to them because of Jehoshaphat. Note how it’s good to be friends with believers.

Note the spiritual power of music here.

God would provide water but in a miraculous way, leaving no doubt it’s from Him.

Note how God has them work first (by digging ditches) before they are rewarded (with life-giving water). God is preparing the people for a blessing by giving them a task they can do, not a task that is insurmountable.

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Tips to Keep in Mind for the Study of 2 Kings in BSF’s People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided

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As we head into the book of 2 Kings, there are some general tips you should keep in mind:

Tips for the Study of 2 Kings

  • Chapters 1-8: A study of Elijah and Elisha
  • Chapters 9-17 Accounts of history of Judah and Israel
  • Chapters 18-25 After the Assyrian invasion and only Judah exists
  • The prophets Amos and Hosea were in the land of Israel
  • The prophets Obadiah, Joel, Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, and Habakkuk preached in Judah (the one loyal to God)

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 5: 2 Kings 1

SUMMARY OF 2 KINGS 1

King Ahaziah of Israel fell. He sent messentgers to false gods to ask if he will recover from his injury. The angel of the Lord instructs Elijah to confront these messengers and send them back to King Ahaziah to tell him that he would die due to his lack of faith. King Ahaziah sent a commander and 50 troops to retrieve Elijah to him. Elijah called down fire from heaven to consume them. He did this to the next 50 men who came for him, too.

A third captain with 50 men begged to not be killed. God told Elijah to go with this man. Elijah went to the king who then died. King Ahaziah had no sons so Joram succeeded him as king.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 5: 2 Kings 1

13) King Ahaziah of Israel fell. He sent messentgers to false gods to ask if he will recover from his injury rather than consulting God.

14a) Elijah was God’s chosen messenger to reveal to King Ahaziah his punishment for seeking false gods.

b) I think he was Spirit-led. If he wasn’t, fire would not have reigned down. The lesson is that the 3rd captain and men came humbly and begged for their lives. After all, they were just doing what they were told from the king.

15) I think we all can relate to resisting God, especially when things are just not going our way in this world. They key is to turn back to Him always.

16) He has always provided, always answered (nor not answered prayers) according to His will, and He continues to lead me in my life.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 5: 2 Kings 1

I don’t remember this at all. While we may see God’s judgment as harsh on the 100 men, remember they are unbelievers, and God’s judgment is perfect. The men could have refused the king’s order since God’s commands are superior to men’s commands, but they did not.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 5: 2 Kings 1

Ahab had been a powerful ruler. With his death, Moab felt safe to rebel. They had been under Israel’s control since the time of David (2 Samuel 8:2 and 8:11-12). This is just one sign of Israel’s imminent decline.

Ahaziah could have repented when warned of his death. He did not. God is merciful, so he may have been spared.

The soldiers acted immorally when coming for Elijah. In fact, it was a slight against God more so than Elijah. Elijah asked God to send fire down. God could have refused. Instead, God sent his judgment upon them.

The sin was not believing in God and His presense in Israel. For that, Ahaziah and the soldiers paid with their lives.

Joram or Jehoram was the brother of king Ahaziah and a son of Ahab.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 2: 1 Kings 22:1-28

SUMMARY OF 1 KINGS 22:1-28

There was peace between Aram and Israel for three years until Jehoshaphat king of Judah went to see the king of Israel, Ahab. Israel and Judah looked to make an alliance to take Ramoth Gilead back, but Jesoshaphat requested to inquire of the Lord first. The only prophet left was Micaiah whom Ahab did not like because he prophesied against him. All of the other prophets said to go to war and Micaiah was urged to agree. However, Micaiah refused, saying he could only say what the Lord had told him.

When Micaiah arrived when summoned for his inquiry unto the Lord, he told them that the Lord would entice them to go to war against Ramoth Gilead, but the war will be a disaster for them and that their leader would die. Zedekiah slapped Micaiah in the face, and he was ordered back to Amon to go to prison with nothing but bread and water till Ahab returns safely.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 2: 1 Kings 22:1-28

3) Jehoshaphat allied himself with Ahab via marriage. Jesoshaphat would join Ahab in the war after seeking the Lord’s counsel.

4a) Both ignored what Micaiah said and went to war anyway.

b) He only wanted to hear the good prophecies for him, not the bad.

c) Ahab only wants to hear what he wants to hear from Micaiah. He gets angry at God’s messenger rather than himself who disobedyed God to bring this upon him.

5) Unsure here. I think I’m following all of His promptings, but it’s so hard to tell.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 2: 1 Kings 22:1-28

It’s fascinating how the two kings are working together when they were enemies before. Power and political advantage are strange things.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 6, Day 2: 1 Kings 22:1-28

King Ahab asked King Jehoshapat to ally with him against Syria. Ramoth-Gilead was only 40 miles from Jerusalem, the capital of Judah.

Jehoshaphat only picked prophets that told him what he wanted to hear. Knowing this Jehoshapat wanted to hear from a prophet of the Lord.

The two rulers sat at the gate of Samaria, which was a traditional place to make decisions. The unfaithful prophets all said what the king of Israel wanted to hear.

Apparently, Micaiah was already in prison (1 Kings 22:26). The assistants to King Ahab tried to persuade Micaiah to repeat the words of the 400 other prophets, but Micaiah refused. Ahab hated anyone who opposed him. Micaiah mocks the other prophets by repeated what they had said, and then tells the truth when prompted by Ahab.

On the right side of God sits the host of heaven on the left sits fallen angels. A fallen angel would lead Ahab into battle. Ahab would pay with his life for his fallen leadership, while Israel paid for following false gods.

Micaiah was met with violence upon this news and anger. Yet, God’s plans never fail.

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BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 5, Day 4: 1 Kings 20

SUMMARY OF 1 KINGS 20

Ben-Hadad king of Aram attacked Samaria, demanding all the silver, gold, wives, and children. At first, Ahab did not refuse. Then he did when more demands were made, so Ben-Hadad prepared to attack.

A prophet comes to Ahab to tell him that the Lord will deliver the enemy into his hands so that he will know the Lord did it. Ahab must start the battle and the young officers of the provincial commanders will defeat the army. The 7,000 remaining Israelites of faith went out while the enemy was in their tent getting drunk. The Israelites defeated the king of Aram, but the king escaped.

The prophet told Ahab that the king of Aram would attack next year. So, Ahab prepared for the attack. When it came, the prophet told Ahab that God would once again deliver the enemy into his hands so that he will know He is God. Ahab won the battle, but he ended up making a deal with the king of Aram and let him go free.  A prophet tells Ahab that because he let a man go free whom he should have (the king of Aram), he would give his life for him.

BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 5, Day 4: 1 Kings 20

10) God ensured that if an enemy attacked Israel that Israel would win. He used prophets to tell Ahab these things.

11a) Verse 13 & 28

b) Too many. Honestly, every day in some small way when He rescues me from sin.

12) He bargained with the king of Aram and let him go free.

13a) He was “sullen and angry” and retreated to his palace in Samaria. Note he was not repentant.

b) Every time He lets me know He’s in charge and not me.

Conclusions BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 5, Day 4: 1 Kings 20

I love how God never gives up on us like we give up on Him.

End Notes BSF Study Questions People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided Lesson 5, Day 4: 1 Kings 20

At first, Ahab willingly surrenders. Then, he changes his mind with advice.

A prophet appears and tells Ahab the Lord will deliver them out of His infinite mercy and love. Ahab wonders how, which is something most of us wonder when God promises to do something in our lives. God delivers Israel, but the Syrians would try again in the spring.

Saying that God was a god of the hills and valleys meant God was only a god over certain areas instead of the Lord of the earth.

The Lord delivers Israel another miraculous victory over a vastly superior army. Yet, Ahab makes a treaty with the defeated pagan king instead of completely destroying him.

The Mysterious Prophets

These prophets mentioned here are nameless and are believed to not be Elijah or Elisha. They are presumed to be among the 7,000 faithful.

The reason for the harsh judgement of against the man who refused to strike the prophet was because that man was a fellow man of God or a son of the prophet. Thus, he should have known to follow the command of the prophet.

The prophet tells Ahab a story that is really a story of the mistake he just made — failing to guard the life of someone. Since King Ahab failed to guard what was entrusted to him, he would pay the ultimate price. God wanted the death of the king of Aram to be by the army that He had empowered.

God reached out in so many ways to Ahab. As He does to us.

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Tips to Keep in Mind for BSF’s Study of People of the Promise: Kingdom Divided

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You may be confused by the separation of the Northern Kingdom (Israel) from the Southern Kingdom (Judah). Keep these tips in mind to avoid getting hopelessly lost.

Tips to Keep The Kings and Kingdoms Straight

  • Israel is the breakaway kingdom formed from 10 tribes. Its capital is Samaria. Every single one of its rulers does evil in the eyes of the Lord and are unfaithful to God.
  • Judah is the Southern Kingdom of two tribes: Benjamin and Judah. Jerusalem is its capital. Some of Judah’s rulers who are the descendants of David will remain faithful to God.
  • There are 39 rulers between them during this time and our study.
  • There are a couple dozen prophets.

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