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2 Kings 8:16-29

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Events in the Southern Kingdom of Judah During Elisha's Ministry

2 Kings 8:16-29

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Lesson Number 18

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God's faithfulness is taught in Judah's history.
  2. God's grace is seen in Judah's history.

Practical Application

  1. Who you marry will greatly affect your commitment.
  2. Make your children's spiritual and moral inheritance a top priority.

Questions

  1. Who were Kings Ahaziah and Joram?
  2. Why didn't God destroy Judah because of their unfaithfulness?
  3. What is one of the great lessons learned in the marriage of King Jehoram and Athaliah, daughter of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel?
  4. What was the purpose of the alliance that King Ahaziah consented to, and with whom was the alliance made?
  5. How is God's grace seen in this passage?
  6. Jehoshaphat, King of Judah, was a good and godly king, but he failed to make one thing a priority. What was that one thing?

Answers

  1. This is confusing, for there were kings by those names in both Judah and Israel, and they were also related by marriage.
  2. Because of His faithfulness. God had made a promise to David that his kingdom would be established forever. See 2 Kings 8:19 and Psalm 89:3-4.
  3. That a wicked wife can have a great influence on her husband, in spite of his godly heritage. See 2 Kings 8:18.
  4. The alliance was made with King Jehoram for the purpose of warring against Hazael, King of Syria.
  5. God's grace is seen in the genealogy of Judah's history. Within this genealogy, there are accounts of an incestuous relationship, an adulterous relationship, a prostitute, a Gentile marriage with a Jew, and even wicked rulers who affect the whole nation.
  6. He failed to make his children's spiritual and moral inheritance a top priority.

Discuss/Consider

  1. List some verses from the Bible that show God's faithfulness.
  2. If you are married, how has your spouse influenced your spiritual life? If you are not married, what is your commitment to find the spouse of the Lord's choice? If you are single, do you choose friends who will enhance your spirituality?

Challenge

  1. If you have children, have you made their spiritual and moral inheritance a top priority? If you do not have children yet, are you committed to making their spiritual and moral inheritance a top priority? If you do not have children, do you have a positive spiritual influence on the children in your life?

Key Verses

  • “Jehoram began to reign as king of Judah...and he walked in the way of the kings of Israel…for the daughter of Ahab was his wife; and he did evil in the sight of the Lord.” 2 Kings 8:16, 18
  • “Yet the Lord would not destroy Judah, for the sake of his servant David, as He promised.” 2 Kings 8:19

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