2 Kings 5:1 – 6:7

  1. Chapter 5. There are four important figures in this chapter: the captive maid, Naaman, Elisha and Gehazi.
    What lessons can we learn from each?
  2. 6:1-7. Think about this incident in relation to Elisha’s position as a spiritual leader.
    Are there lessons here for the Christian church?

Notes

  1. 5:17. The idea in Naaman’s mind was that Jehovah, the God of Israel, could not be rightly worshipped except on Israelitish soil.
    His faith was still very imperfect, as verse 18 also shows.
  2. 5;22. ‘A talent of silver’: i.e., about seventy-five pounds, a very large sum to be asked for two young men of the sons of the prophets.

2 Kings 4:8 – 44

  1. Verses 8-37. In what ways is the woman of Shunem an example to us?
    What do you learn about the reasons why God allows his servants to undergo acute suffering? What lessons are to be drawn from Gehazi’s failure?
  2. What features in Elisha’s character are brought out by the incidents in this passage?

Note. Verse 42. The present was for Elisha; and if there was still scarcity of food (verse 38), the gift would be the more precious. But Elisha shared it with all who were with him.

2 Kings 3:1 – 4:7  

  1. What was the cause of the attack on Moab, and how was Elisha brought into the situation?
    A map should be used to identify the route taken by the attacking armies, and the place where the miracle took place. How does the story show what one man of faith can do to save a multitude?
  2. How does the story of 4:1-7 illustrate the working of faith?
    Was it easy for the woman to do what Elisha bade her do?
    Has this any lesson for you in your own life?

Notes

  1. 3:1. Cf. 1:17. The apparent discrepancy may be explained by the fact that father and son frequent reigned together during the latter part of the father’s life.
  2. 3:11. ‘He used to pour water… ‘ i.e., he was Elijah’s attendant.
  3. 3:20. Travelers report that in that region there is water under the sand.

 

2 Kings 1 & 2

These two chapters contain the last two stories about Elijah.

  1. Contrast the end of Kings Ahaziah with Elijah’s end.
    What was the fundamental difference between these two men?
    Cf. 1 John 2:15-17; 5:4.
  2. In what three ways was Elisha tested (see 2:1-15), and what qualities in him does his conduct reveal?
    Have we the same resolute spirit? See Note 1 below. Elisha’s miracles are parables of spiritual truths.
    What do you learn from this first miracle (2:19-22)?

Notes

  1. 2:9. Elisha wanted to be fully equipped for the high service to which he was called.
  2. 2:23-25. ‘Youths’ (or ‘young lads’, as in RV mg.). These were youths of Bethel, whose attitude reflected the spirit of the place. Coming out to meet Elisha in a large band, they mocked the prophet, who was bald in mourning for his master (cf. Job 1:20), and said ‘Go up’, i.e., ‘Ascend to heaven as you say your master did’. It was a grievous insult, and Elisha, righteously angry, invoked the judgment of God upon them. Shaken by the whole episode, he did not enter Bethel but made his way to Carmel.

 

1 Kings 22

  1. Compare the attitude of the two kings in regard to asking counsel of the Lord.
    Did they not both err: Ahab because he would not have done it at all but for Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat because he did it after the decision was made?
    Do we sometimes find ourselves committing both these errors?
  2. What can we learn from Ahab’s foolish hatred of Micaiah?
    What was the reason for it, and to what end did it lead?
    Cf. John 8:40. Are we ever guilty of asking advice only from people who will tell us what we want to hear?

 Notes

  1. Verse 3. ‘Ramoth Gilead’: possibly one of the towns mentioned in 20:34.
  2. Verse 6. These prophets were probably prophets of the calf worship which Jeroboam had established (12:28, 29). In name they may have been prophets of Jehovah, God of Israel, but they were not true prophet Micaiah was.
  3. Verse 31. An ungrateful return for or Ahab’s clemency; see 20:31-34. It underlines the truth of the unknown prophet’s prediction in 20:42.

 

1 Kings 21

  1. Consider the parts played by Ahab, Jazebel, and the elders of Jezreel respectively in the murder of Naboth.
    What in the murder of Naboth. What was the special guilt of each?
    What was it that distinguished Elijah from all these ?
    What do we learn from his examole of the qualities God wants in us if he is to do his work?
  2. Sum up what you have learnt of Ahab’s character from chapter 20 and 21.

Notes

  1. Verses 2 and 3. Ahab’s offer was fair  in itself, but when he failed to gain his desire he was displeased. Yet Naboth, according to the law, had the right to refuse. See Num. 36:7.
  2. Verse 15. We learn from 2 kgs. 9:26 that Naboth’s sons were also put to death, that there might be no surviving heir.

1 Kings 20

The reappearance of true prophets of Jehovah in this chapter is striking.
It seems to indicate that Elijah’s ministry had effected a change in the whole attitude of Public opinion, and even in Ahab himself.

  1. What was the difference between Ben-Hadad’s two demands that made Ahab reject the second, though he had yielded to the first?
    What threat did Ben-Hadad make, and what was Ahab’s answer?
  2. How many times in this chapter is the intervention of a prophet recorded?
    What can we ourselves learn from the messages these men were sent of God to deliver?