The Story:
Discussing Chapter 16

by Living Springs Community Church on February 27, 2016

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“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 16: The Beginning of the End (of the Kingdom of Israel)

Based on 2 Kings 17–19; Isaiah 3, 6, 13, 14, 49, 53:

  • Fall of Israel
  • Exile of Israel to Assyria
  • Isaiah’s ministry in Judah
  • Hezekiah’s reign

Breaking the ice

What kind of punishments did your parents use on you when you were young—spankings? Writing lines? Being grounded? Revoked privileges? Do you use those same punishments on your own children?

Digging in

In spite of the teachings of faithful powerful prophets, Israel’s kings continued to dishonor God and abuse their position. Eventually, the northern tribes of Israel were banished. In Judah, Hezekiah was a Godly king who did much to rid the land of idolatry and pagan influence. But even a Godly king could not pay for the sins of his nation. Their only hope was in the King of kings, and Isaiah prophecies describe how this King would be “pierced for our transgressions.”

Reflecting

  1. God frequently reminded the Israelites of His protection and faithfulness, by reminding them of how He delivered them from Egypt. What methods does God use today to remind you of His faithfulness?
  2. King Sennacherib of Assyria tried to persuade King Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem to surrender peacefully, claiming this was God’s will (p. 221). Isaiah’s message to Hezekiah said otherwise. How do you evaluate people who claim to have a word from the Lord?
  3. According to Isaiah’s prophecy (p. 225–226), what was the southern kingdom of Judah like? What did he say God would do as a result?
  4. Isaiah’s prophecy foretold punishment and captivity for Judah, as well as return and restoration (p. 227–228). How did Zion (Jerusalem and Judah) react to this message?
  5. List the qualities of the Suffering Servant (p. 228–230). What does this teach us about God’s Upper Story?

Praying

Pray for discernment, so that you can know which directions are from God and which are trying to lead you astray.

 

For next week…

Chapter 17: The Kingdom’s Fall

Based on 2 Kings 21, 23,24,25; 2 Chronicles 33, 36; Jeremiah 1, 2, 4, 5 13; Lamentations 1, 2, 3, 5; Ezekiel 1, 2, 6, 7, 36, 37:

  • Manasseh’s reign
  • Amon’s reign
  • Josiah’s reign
  • Jeremiah’s ministry in Judah
  • Jehoiakim’s reign
  • Zedekiah’s reign
  • Ezekiel’s ministry
  • Fall of Jerusalem
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