2 Kings 1
Talks for Growing Christians
Elijah Pronounces Judgment on King Ahaziah
2 Kings 1
Lesson Number 1
- God’s judgment upon unbelievers will not be withheld forever.
- God’s mercy is available for all those who humble themselves before God.
- Where do you turn when you are hurting?
- Let’s not be afraid to confront the unbeliever with truth.
- Why did God permit the nation of Moab to mount a successful rebellion against Israel?
- Is illness or injury a form of God’s discipline?
- God’s judgment upon believers will not be withheld forever. Explain this doctrinal point by contrasting the lessons in 1 Kings 18 and 2 Kings 1.
- How long will the wrath of God's judgment be restrained?
- Why did Ahaziah turn to a pagan god instead of turning to the Lord?
- List some reasons hurting people fail to turn to God for healing.
- This was God's means of disciplining Israel because they had turned away from Him.
- b) sometimes
- When Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal, the judgment of God fell upon the sacrifice rather than on the unbelieving people. This is a picture of the judgment of God coming down upon Christ on the cross of Calvary. The two companies of fifty soldiers killed by the fire of God is a picture of the coming judgment of God directly upon unbelievers.
- During this present age of grace, which could end at any time.
- He was out of touch with the Lord, and had sinned against God.
- Because of pride and unwillingness to submit to God’s dealing in our lives. Because of a lack of knowledge of God and His great mercy. People need to change their ways and admit that they have sinned, and ask God’s forgiveness.
- Refer to Hebrews 10:26-27. Knowing that God’s judgment will not be withheld forever, are you concerned enough to confront unbelievers with the gospel of Christ?
- Do you find it difficult to humble yourself before the Lord, honestly admitting the sin in your life? Identify yourself with the third captain.
- Recall times when you have been hurting. Did you turn to the Lord for healing? If not, where did you turn? Did you experience healing?
- “Is it because there is no God in Israel that you inquire of Baal-Zebub?” 2 Kings 1:3
- “The third captain of fifty…fell on his knees, and pleaded, ‘Let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight.’” 2 Kings 1:13