2 Kings 3

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The Battle Between Moab and the Forces of Israel, Judah and Edom

2 Kings 3

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Lesson Number 4

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Bad company corrupts good character.
  2. The Lord can bring water to the wilderness.

Practical Application

  1. Use praise music to calm your spirit.
  2. Let's be faithful ditch diggers.


  1. What was King Jehoram’s agenda in this portion of Scripture?
  2. What was the biggest problem facing the combined forces?
  3. Why was Jehoshaphat in trouble?
  4. What did the Lord predict in this passage? Did it come to pass?
  5. What did it take from the people to bring water to the wilderness? How does this relate to us today?
  6. How can spiritual thirst be quenched?


  1. He wanted to force Moab into subjection again, and to get the tribute money back.
  2. A lack of water
  3. Although he was a good and godly king, Jehoshaphat mixed with the wrong company, and as a result he did some foolish things. He was in trouble because he linked himself with wicked King Jehoram. His bad company corrupted good character.
  4. That the valley would be filled with water. Yes. See 2 Kings 3:20.
  5. The army had to dig ditches in obedience to Elisha’s command from the Lord (2 Kings 3:16-17). We must obey, have faith, and work to receive water in the wilderness of our lives.
  6. By enlarging our capacity by spending time each day studying the Bible, and availing ourselves to the teaching of God’s word.


  1. Have you ever found yourself being drawn into a "coalition" with "bad" company? If so, what did you do about it? Join in? Withdraw? What were the results? Might they have been different if you had decided otherwise? If so, how?
  2. Does music have a calming effect on you?


  1. Are you in a spiritual wilderness right now? Are you thirsty for water (a word from the living God)? Don't be satisfied with surface scratches. Dig deeply!

Key Verses

  • “They went by way of the Wilderness…and there was not water.” 2 Kings 3:8-9
  • “When the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon him.” 2 Kings 3:15
  • “You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet the valley shall be filled with water, so that you may drink.” 2 Kings 3:17

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