Episode 12: The Falls of Israel and Judah

Break the Ice

  • What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

Bring the Word

Read 2 Kings 17:1-12

  • Why do you think there is a reminder of God delivering the people from Egypt?
  • How where the Israelites removed from the land?
  • Do you think the Israelites did better, the same, or worse than the people they drove out of the land?
  • Who was the king of Judah when Israel was captured?

Read 2 Chronicles 28:1-5

  • Of all the things that Ahaz does wrong, which one sticks out to you the most and why?
  • How would you expect the fall of Israel to affect king Ahaz?  Or the defeat by the Arameans?

Read 2 Chronicles 28:20-25

  • Why did Ahaz take some of the things from the Temple?
  • What was his reasoning for offering sacrifices to the gods of Damascus?
  • Are there things that we do today that have a similar reasoning? What are some?

Read 2 Chronicles 36:11-16 (approximately 130 years after the fall of Israel and king Ahaz of Judah)

  • Who hardened Zedekiah’s heart?
  • Who else can harden hearts? (Exodus 9:12)
  • What do you think is the difference between God hardening someone’s heart and that person hardening their own heart? Which do you think is worse?
  • Why do you think there is no remedy for God’s wrath here?

Bring it Home

Read 2 Chronicles 36:17-20

  • Who brought the Babylonians?
  • Why would God allow the temple to be raided and then destroyed?
  • Why do you think God saves a remnant?
  • Is there a remnant in the church?
  • How can we pray for you?

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