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2 Kings 16:1-20  — Ahaz’s Evil Reign in the South

2 Kings 16:1-20 — Ahaz’s Evil Reign in the South

BIG IDEA: WHEN LEADERS GOVERN BY COMPROMISE INSTEAD OF CONVICTION THE SHORT TERM GAINS WILL BE WIPED OUT BY DIVINE JUDGMENTINTRODUCTION:Ahaz proves to be the master of compromise and religious syncretism. He relies on powerful foreign governments like Assyria instead...
2 Kings 15:1-38  — Kingdom Sandwich

2 Kings 15:1-38 — Kingdom Sandwich

BIG IDEA: UNSTABLE SUCCESSION OF KINGS IN ISRAEL SANDWICHED BETWEEN TWO RIGHTEOUS KINGS IN JUDAH SHOW THE CONTRAST BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH – YET CONSISTENT DECLINEINTRODUCTION:Here you have a kingdom sandwich = 5 wicked kings of Israel sandwiched between 2 somewhat...
2 Kings 9:14-37  — Jehu — Instrument of Divine Execution

2 Kings 9:14-37 — Jehu — Instrument of Divine Execution

BIG IDEA: DIVINE EXECUTIONS DISPLAY THE IRONY OF PROPHETIC FULFILLMENT AND THE HORROR OF GRUESOME DESECRATIONINTRODUCTION:Jehu is God’s avenging instrument of execution to purge both Israel and Judah of the wicked influence of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel and their...
2 kings 8:16-29  — Judah Looks No Different than Israel

2 kings 8:16-29 — Judah Looks No Different than Israel

BIG IDEA: THE COMBINATION OF INTERMARRIAGE TO FOREIGN PAGANS AND WICKED PARENTAL MODELS WEAKENS THE KINGDOM OF JUDAHINTRODUCTION:The Davidic kingdom in Judah continues to slide downward until God’s people look no different than the people of the world. Evil parenting...
2 Kings 8:7-15  — What Makes a Man of God Weep?

2 Kings 8:7-15 — What Makes a Man of God Weep?

BIG IDEA: GOD BOTH JUDGES AND WEEPS — THE SEVERE JUDGMENT OF GOD DISPLAYS ITSELF IN TENSION AGAINST HIS WEEPING FOR THE SINS NECESSITATING SUCH JUDGMENTINTRODUCTION:Our minds find it difficult to hold two contrasting attributes or actions in a state of tension....
2 Kings 8:1-6  — Watchcare Over the Shunammite Woman

2 Kings 8:1-6 — Watchcare Over the Shunammite Woman

BIG IDEA: GOD’S PEOPLE CAN EXPECT TO RETURN FROM EXILE AND TAKE UP POSSESSION OF THEIR RIGHTFUL STANDING IN THE PROMISED LANDINTRODUCTION:The impact on the exiles in Babylon of this short story of God’s watchcare over the Shunammite woman cannot be underestimated....
2 Kings 6:8-23  — Lord, Open Our Eyes

2 Kings 6:8-23 — Lord, Open Our Eyes

BIG IDEA: WE ALL NEED GOD TO OPEN OUR EYES TO HIS TRUE CHARACTERINTRODUCTION:Elisha performs his function here as the man of God, as the prophet of God, in pointing people to the true character of God in every situation. Despite the pressure from the attacks against...
2 Kings 6:1-7  — Miracle of the Floating Axe Head

2 Kings 6:1-7 — Miracle of the Floating Axe Head

BIG IDEA: MINISTERS OF THE WORD SHOULD TURN TO THE MASTER IN CRISIS SITUATIONS BECAUSE HE WILL SHOW CONCERN AND EXERCISE CONTROLINTRODUCTION:This is a very interesting short story from the standpoint of biblical hermeneutics. What is the point of the author? What main...
2 Kings 5:1-19  — Ministry of Salvation to Naaman the Leper

2 Kings 5:1-19 — Ministry of Salvation to Naaman the Leper

BIG IDEA: GOD’S GRACE TO HEAL THE LEPROSY OF SIN EXTENDS TO GENTILES WHO TURN FROM THEIR PRIDE AND SUBMIT TO HIS SIMPLE PLAN OF SALVATIONINTRODUCTION:This account probably took place at a later point in time since Gehazi is still viewed with some measure of respect in...