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2 Kings 12:11-21

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Good and Bad News About the Reign of King Joash

2 Kings 12:11-21

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Lesson Number 25

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Spirituality is not determined by spiritual gift or spiritual position.
  2. Spirituality is dependant on spiritual accountability.

Practical Application

  1. How spiritual are you when no one is looking?

Questions

  1. What was the good news about the reign of King Joash?
  2. What was the bad news about the reign of King Joash?
  3. Why did Joash depart from the Lord?
  4. What made the workmen of the temple so pleasing to God?

Answers

  1. He completed the repairs of the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem.
  2. He took the treasury of the temple as well as the royal treasury and gave it to the pagan king of Syria.
  3. When Jehoida died, Joash no longer had his godly influence and his spiritual counsel.
  4. No account was required, for they dealt faithfully (see 2 Kings 12:15).

Discuss/Consider

  1. Have you known people who have begun well in their spiritual lives, but have not done well later on? How do you feel about this? Could you have been a positive influence on them?
  2. Assess your own spiritual life. Are you as keen for the Lord now as you were when you first came to Christ?
  3. Name some of the spiritual mentors and examples that have influenced your life. How have you shown your appreciation to them?

Challenge

  1. How spiritual are you when no one is looking?.

Key Verses

  • “They gave the apportioned money to those who did the work, and had the oversight of the house of the Lord.” 2 Kings 12:11
  • “Moreover they did not require an account from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to be paid to workmen, for they dealt faithfully.” 2 Kings 12:15

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