Lesson 13 — December 24, 2000
2 Kings: 22-23; 2 Chronicles 34-35
- Hezekiah ruled for 29 years (recall the great reform in Israel which God accomplished in Hezekiah’s day)
- Manasseh ruled for 55 years (part of it co-regency with his father)
- Amon ruled for 2 years
2 Kings 22:1-2 – Josiah becomes king
- Josiah is 8 years old.
- Josiah reigned 31 years.
- God’s Evaluation: He did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the ways of His father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left."
- READ: 2 Chronicles 34:3
2 Kings 22:3-20 – The Book of the Law is found and followed
Names of people in this section:
Shaphan = scribe
Hilkiah = high priest
Hilkiah, Ahikam, Shaphan, Asaiah = the king-appointed committee
Huldah = prophetess
- v. 5 ~ Restoration of the temple – cf: 2 Chronicles for the work and workers
- v. 7 – Discuss what Josiah implies about what had happened previously and what his trust implies about the current conditions
- Book of the Law (vv.8ff): cf. Deuteronomy 31:24-27
- v. 11 – Discuss Josiah’s reaction
- v.17 – What addition does the LORD add to this word that would (hopefully) rouse the wicked?
- READ: 2 Timothy 2:19
2 Kings 23:1-25 – Josiah acts on the Word of the LORD
- vv. 1-3 what earlier event(s) in Israel’s history does this call to mind? (Joshua, Solomon)
- READ: 2 Chronicles 34:32-33
- v.17: cf. 1 Kings 13:1-2, 30-31
- vv.21-23: recall Hezekiah’s restoration of the Passover
- v. 24 cf. a faithful king Saul
- v. 25 – "…none like him." Contrast David’s faithfulness to that of Josiah (surrounding atmosphere, political scene, etc.)
2 Kings 23:26-27 – Josiah’s reforms were too late; the Lord’s wrath would not be set aside
THE CUP OF GOD’S WRATH IS NEARLY FULL….
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of His roots…"
As (if) time permits: