2 Kings 11 and 12
In today’s portion we pass from the history of the northern kingdom to the re-establishment in Judah of the worship of Jehovah.
1. What was Athaliah’s purpose, and by what two persons, under God, was it brought to nought? What new light does 2 Chr. 22:11 throw on the story? Compare with the faith and courage of Jehosheba and Jehoiada that of Moses’ parents (cf. Heb. 11:23).
2. What signs of healthy moral and spiritual life do you find in these chapters, and in what respect shortcoming? What did Joash play in this? See further 2 Chr. 24:17-24.
2 Kings 13 and 14
This is another composite portion, containing: first a brief account of two kings of Israel, Jehoahaz, and Jehoash or Joash (to be distinguished from the king of Judah of the same name); then two incidents connected with Elisha; and finally an account of the reigns of Amaziah, king of Judah, and Jeroboam II of Israel.
1. What evidence is there that in the reign of Jehoahaz Israel was greatly impoverished? Also what reason is assigned for this state of things?
2. In what ways did all four kings, whose reigns are described in chapter 14, fall short of what God required of them?
- 13:5. A reference to Jeroboam II; see 14:27.
- 14:13. ‘Four hundred cubits’: about 180 meters.
- 14:23. Jeroboam II had a long and successful reign, during which the northern kingdom of Israel was greatly extended. See verse 25.