2 Kings 22 and 23
- Make out a list of all that Josiah did, both positively to promote true religion, and negatively to destroy the false. Are our lives marked by a similar eagerness to depart from iniquity and to live in covenant with God? Cf. 2 Cor. 6:14-7:1. What was the mainspring of Josiah’s reformation zeal? Cf. Ps. 119:161b; Is. 66:2; see also 2 Kgs. 23:25; and contrast the behavior of Jehoiakim in Jer. 36:23-25.
- Examine the part played by Huldah the prophetess, and compare with the influence of other women mentioned in previous chapter.
2 Kings 24 and 25
- Looking back to 23:31, what four kings reigned between Josiah’s death and the fall of Jerusalem? What was the length of their reigns and what was their record, as described in these chapters?
- In what ways was Nebuchadnezzar’s treatment of Jerusalem after his second capture of it much more severe than when he captured it the first time? What reasons are given in chapter 24 for the captivity? Cf. 23:26, 27; Jer. 15:1-4; Deut. 4:26, 27. What does this teach us about the end of persistent sinning? Yet what star of hope is seen shining in the closing verses of the book? Cf. 2 Sam. 7:14, 15.
25:22. ‘Gedaliah son of Ahikam’: see 22:12; Jer. 26:24. The story of his assassination is told more fully in Jer. 40:1-41:10.