Kings Week 11: Day 1

Pray

Plead with God to open your heart and reveal what he’s saying to you through the passage today, and for feet that are swift to obey.

Read and Explore

In today’s passage, there are a number of names that double up from previous narratives in 1-2 Kings. The way to differentiate them is by their father’s name. The important ones have been noted for you. There’s no need to get bogged down in them – they’re not in overlapping stories – but they’re listed for clarity in case you recognised the names.

Read 2 Kings 8:16-24

Was Jehoram King of Judah a good king or bad king? Was his kingship weak or strong?

Read 2 Kings 8:25-29

Note on confusing names: Ahaziah King of Israel is a different king to Ahaziah King of Judah (1 Kings 22:51, 2 Kings 8:25).

King Ahaziah of Judah was the son of King Ahab’s daughter, and the grandson of King Omri. What do you remember about their kingships (see 1 Kings 16:25, 30)? How does this set us up to receive Ahaziah? Does he follow in his ancestors’ footsteps? What’s the significance of a King from David’s line being intermingled with the line of King of Ahab of Israel?

Read 2 Kings 9:1-29

Note on confusing names: There was a prophet called Jehu in 1 Kings 16, not to be confused with this Jehu who becomes king. Also, Jehu’s father, Jehoshaphat, is not the same Jehoshaphat who ruled as the king of Judah.

Why did God want Jehu anointed King of Israel? (see also 1 Kings 19:14-18, when God gives the command to Elijah).

What happened to King Joram of Israel and King Ahaziah of Judah? Did they deserve it? (see 2 Kings 3:1-3 for King Joram’s kingship summary)

Apply

Read Romans 13:1-7

God put the kings in authority over his people for their good. Yet the kings themselves rebelled against God, and led their people into sin. God raised up another agent of wrath against them.

Now that we serve King Jesus, what is the relationship between us and our government?

Who will hold our government accountable for their actions? What ought our default relationship to our government be? What about when we disagree with their ethical decisions? Or when we disagree with their policies?

Pray

Thank God for placing Jesus in authority over us and the world. Thank him that Jesus is such a good king. Thank him for the worldly authorities he’s placed over us as well.

Ask God for humility to respect authorities in a way that honours Jesus.

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