The nation of Israel was familiar with captivity. They were slaves in Egypt for over four hundred years before God delivered them. Throughout their wilderness travels, they constantly turned their backs on God and worshipped idols. After entering the Promise Land, God sent judges to rescue them against enemies because they had turned against God. They had numerous kings that led them in doing evil in the eyes of the Lord. The Bible talks about God’s anger burning against the people, but He always forgave and rescued them when they repented and turned back to Him. Today’s story ends quite differently. God has been pushed too far, and a new phrase appears on the pages of 2 Kings…God ”removed them from his presence”. God has now turned His back on Israel. He will allow them to once again be taken into captivity.
Although Israel seemed to have no hope, God did promise that He would someday return Israel to their homeland (Isaiah 11:10-12). Even more importantly, God promised to send a Messiah. That promise was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. God turned His back on His own Son because of our sin, but then Jesus was raised from the dead, and the perfect sacrifice was given for us.
Last week we learned how God healed Naaman. Naaman, a valiant soldier in Aram’s army, had leprosy. A servant girl told him to go see Elisha for healing. Naaman was told to wash in the Jordan River seven times for healing. At first, Naaman refused, but his servants convinced him to obey. Naaman was com- pletely healed.
What did Naaman say after he was healed? “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel”
Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 17:1-23
Memory Verse: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey” 2 Kings 17:13b
- Who was the king of Israel during this time? Was he good or evil?
King Hoshea did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
- What king attacked Israel?
Shalmaneser the king of Assyria.
- What did the king of Assyria do with the Israelites?
He took the Israelites captive and de ported them to Assyria.
- Reread verse 7; what does the Bible say is the reason Israel was taken captive? “All this took place because the Israelites had sinned against the Lord their God.”
- List some examples of things the Israelites did to sin against God.
They worshipped other gods; they secretly did things against the Lord; they built high places, set up sacred stones and Asherah poles, practiced witchcraft.
- God had warned all the nation of Israel against such evil practices, but they ignored God time and again. What phrase tells us that God had enough? (v 18-20)
“So the Lord was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence…the Lord rejected all the people of Israel.”
- The nation of Israel not only went against the Sinai covenant with God, but they also ignored the words of the prophets that God had sent to them as warnings. God describes them as stiff-necked people comparing them with stubborn oxen refusing to move when needed. Are you sometimes stiff-necked? Talk about things we do that would ignore God’s Words. What should we do right away when we have sinned against God?
Adoration: Praise God that He is the one and only true God. Confession: Confess a specific time when you ignored God’s Word and did evil in His eyes. Thanksgiving: Offer thanks to God for His patience and forgiveness. Supplication: Ask God to help keep the idols out of your life and to obey His Word.
True or False Wall Instructions
- Choose 2 opposite walls—label one as FALSE and the other as TRUE.
- Use the questions below to review the five lessons from this unit.
- Have everyone stand in the middle of the room.
- After reading a question, each person will run to the wall he thinks is the correct answer. Questions
- After the nation of Israel was divided, the Northern Kingdom had several kings that loved and obeyed the Lord. False—they did what was evil in the eyes of the Lord.
- King Ahab was married to Queen Jezebel. True
- The prophet Samuel challenged King Ahab and the prophets of Baal. False—Elijah challenged.
- Israel was guilty of worshipping Baal. True
- Queen Jezebel threatened to kill Elijah. True
- On Mt. Carmel, Elijah poured oil on the sacrifice. False—he poured water
- On Mt. Carmel, God proved He was real by sending fire from heaven. True
- Elijah was afraid of Queen Esther. False—it was Queen Jezebel
- Commander Naaman was cured of blindness. False—it was leprosy
- Naaman was told to wash in the Jordan River. True
- The last king of the Northern Kingdom was Ahab. False—it was Hoshea
- The prophet Elijah took the place of Elisha. False—Elisha replaced Elijah
(Vista Dublin lesson February 15th, Vista Worthington Lesson, March 1st)