- Hezekiah as king desired to reform the religious life of the nation, and worked urgently to a definite plan.
What steps did he follow?
Note his speed (29:3; 30:2) and his priorities (29:16-21)
- What evidence do you find that the Passover (chapter 30) was not merely an outward from, but signaled a genuine turning back to God?
What signs were there of true spiritual revival?
Note. 30:2, 3, 13, 15. The king availed himself of the provision in the law that allowed the Passover to be kept in the second month, instead of the first (see Num. 9:10, 11), and thus avoided having to wait almost a year.
- What would you say was the chief fault in Amaziah’s character?
How does the chapter illustrate the description of him in verse 2?
See, on the one hand, verses 3, 4, 7-10; also 26:4; and, on the other hand, 25:14-16, 27. Cf. Jer. 17:9.
- How does Amaziah’s career, with its gradual drift away from God, show the peril of a half-hearted loyalty to Christ?
Note. Verse10. The hired soldier had been hoping for loot and plunder, hence their anger. See also verse 13.
- Joash was a weak character, who leant on others.
To whom did he listen?
What were the consequences?
What lessons may we learn?
Cf. 2 Tim. 2:1.
- Why was the stoning of Zechariah a peculiarly flagrant crime?
Note. Verse 16. This was a unique honour. Contrast verse 25.