The Story:
Discussing Chapter 17

by Living Springs Community Church on March 6, 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 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

Breaking the ice

What is the most memorable destruction or disaster that you’ve seen firsthand?

Digging in

Hezekiah was king of Judah for nearly three decades, and he “…did what was right before the Lord his God.” Still, after his death, his son Manasseh took the throne and unraveled the spiritual legacy his father had built. King Manasseh did more evil than any of his predecessors. The beauty of Manasseh’s story is that before he dies, he repents, and God grants him complete forgiveness. The nation of Israel, however, did not repent. Their history is full of stories of conquer and captivity, prophecy and slavery, exile and, ultimately, hope.

Reflecting

  1. List some of the evil things King Manasseh did to arouse the Lord’s anger.
  2. What are the “starry hosts” (p. 231)? What are the implications for astrology, horoscopes, and other “harmless” fortune-telling?
  3. Who is responsible for Judah’s sins—the people or their king? Who is responsible for a church’s sins—the people or their pastor?
  4. How can believers today avoid being led astray?
  5. What do you think led King Manasseh to change his ways?
  6. According to Jeremiah’s prophecy (p. 238–240), what condition must be met for Jerusalem to receive God’s forgiveness?
  7. Are you as forgiving as God? Why or why not?
  8. What was God’s promise to Israel inspire of their repeated sin, their Babylonian exile, and their stony hearts (p. 245–246)?

Praying

Spend some time praying for your leaders—church leaders as well as political leaders.

 

For next week…

Chapter 18: Daniel in Exile

Based on Daniel 1, 2, and 6; Jeremiah 29, 30, 31

  • Daniel exiled to Babylon
  • Daniel’s ministry
  • Josiah’s reign
  • Nebuchadnezzar’s reign
  • Daniel and the lions’ den
  • Fall of Babylon
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