Week 25


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Day 1: 2 Kings 11:1-3, 2 Chronicles 22:10-12, 2 Kings 11:4-12, 2 Chronicles 23:1-11, 2 Kings 11:13-16, 2 Chronicles 23:12-15, 2 Kings 11:17-21, 2 Chronicles 23:16-21, 2 Kings 12:1-16, 2 Chronicles 24:1-22, 2 Kings 10:32-36

Day 2: 2 Kings 13:1-11, 2 Kings 12:17-21, 2 Chronicles 24:23-27, 2 Kings 13:14-25

Day 3: 2 Kings 14:1-14, 2 Chronicles 25:1-24, 2 Kings 13:12-13, 2 Kings 14:15-16, 2 Kings 14:23-27, 2 Chronicles 25:25-28, 2 Kings 14:17-22, 2 Kings 15:1-15, 2 Chronicles 26:1-21, Jonah 1:1-4:11

Day 4: Amos 1:1-6:14

Day 5: Amos 7:1-9:15, 2 Kings 14:28-29, 2 Kings 15:8-29, 2 Kings 15:6-7, 2 Chronicles 26:22-23, Isaiah 6:1-13

Day 6: 2 Kings 15:32-38, 2 Chronicles 27:1-9, Micah 1:1-16, 2 kings 16:1-9, 2 Chronicles 28:1-15, Isaiah 7:1-25

Day 7: Isaiah 8:1-11:16


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Hard Questions

  1. A couple of observations from 2 Chron. 23-24: priests are used to keeping offering money and not taking care of the temple; craftsmen are actually more trustworthy; Jehoiada died at 130 years old, had thus basically lived through the entire divided kingdom era up to that point (would have been born just before Rehoboam assumed the throne). One righteous man at the right time, being faithful. He had lived through everything all the other kings had done, but his moment came with Joash. Joash, like others, listens to evil counsel (the guys who had had influence under his father and grandmother came out of the woodwork at Jehoiada’s death) and absolutely betrays the man who had saved his life as a boy. God sees this. Joash is killed by his own servants (he really engineers his own consequences: disloyalty breeds disloyalty).
  2. (2 Kings 12:14-23) Elisha dies of an illness. The man who inherited a double portion of Elijah’s spirit is not taken alive to heaven but dies in a sickbed.
  3. (2 Kings 15:4) The significance of the high places not being removed. Why did high places exist, anyway?
  4. Jonah—what happened to Jonah inside the fish?
  5. Amos—why does it start with prophecies against other nations (Damascus—Syria, Gaza—Philistines, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, Moab)?
  6. The connection between Isaiah 6 and John 12:38-41… Isaiah saw His glory, and the glory of the LORD is the glory of Jesus. In John 12, it’s clear that Isaiah is speaking of Jesus. Something of a question for our JW friends. Also, why will their hearts be made dull, their ears heavy, and their eyes shut? They have to be resistant in order to offer Christ up to the Romans. God will use their hardness to accomplish a great good—salvation for the nations.
  7. (Is. 10:5-19) God uses Assyria to execute judgment, but He also judges Assyria.


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