First United Methodist Church of Conway, South Carolina
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Week 15

Annotated Reading Guide
2 Kings 6-25
April 5:  2 Kings 6-8    Elisha
6:25-29 notice the severity of the siege of Samaria
7:2 the officer doubts Elisha and hears he will not enjoy the end of the siege
     7:17 the prophecy is fulfilled
8:10 a puzzling statement
     8:15 the meaning revealed
8:25-27 the line of Omri (Ahab and Jezebel) contaminates Judah
April 6:  2 Kings 9-11    Jehu – the end of Ahab’s family
The anointing of Jehu starts the purging of Israel from the dynasty of Omri and the realization of God’s instructions to Elijah (1 Kings 19:11-18). The fulfillment was delayed by Ahab’s repentance (1 Kings 21:17-29).
Kings of Judah                            Kings of Israel
 Ahaziah                                       Jehu
 Athaliah (queen)
April 7:  2 Kings 12-14    More Kings…
Just in case you’re not already confused by the many unfamiliar names – Jehoram is also Joram, Jehoash is also Joash, and Azariah is also Uzziah. AND Ahaziah, Jehoram and Jehoash are the names of kings of both Judah and Israel.
Kings of Judah                            Kings of Israel
 Jehoash                                       Jehu
 Amaziah                                      Jehoash
                                                   Jereboam II
April 8: 2 Kings 15-17    The Beginning of the End
Chapter 15 – growing turmoil in Israel
Chapter 16 – Ahaz of Judah (very bad, but not as bad as his grandson!) Threatened by Aram and Israel, Ahaz makes an alliance with Assyria, instead of relying on God. In a text that we read in the days approaching Christmas, Isaiah brings the word of God to Ahaz (Isaiah 6:10-17).
Chapter 17 – The fall and resettlement of Israel
Kings of Judah                            Kings of Israel
 Azariah                                        Zechariah
 Jotham                                        Shallum
  Ahaz                                           Menahem
 Hezekiah                                     Pekahiah
April 9:  2 Kings 18-20    Hezekiah – a return to the faith
Hezekiah came to the throne at a critical time when Judah was being threatened by the Assyrians. Politically and religiously, Judah was weakened by the reign of Ahaz. People were beginning to see that only the power of God could save them from Assyria. The destruction of the kingdom of Israel, and the might of Assyria weighed on Judah. Hezekiah’s reign marked a return to the faith. He even destroyed the brass serpent which had been preserved in the temple and was said to have been made by Moses. Hezekiah also strengthened the defenses of Jerusalem, cutting through the solid rock in order to bring the water of the Gihon Spring into the city.
April 10: 2 Kings 21-23    Decline and Reform
Chapter 21 – Manassah led Judah to be worse than the people in the Promised Land before the conquest by Joshua and the Israelites!
Chapters 22-23 – Josiah – the great reformer. It is generally accepted that the book of law discovered in the Temple was an early copy of our book of Deuteronomy.
23:31-37 after Josiah’s death, his son Jehoahaz reigned three months before the Egyptians took him into exile and replaced him with his brother, Eliakim (whom the Babylonians renamed Jehoiakim
April 11:  2 Kings 24-25    The End of Judah
Jehoiachin, succeeds his father, Jehoiakim. He is taken into exile in Babylon and replaced by his uncle, Mattiniah (whom the Babylonians renamed Zedekiah)
Zedekiah rebelled against Babylon. Jerusalem is besieged, then destroyed. Riches from the destroyed temple area taken to Babylon.