At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

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Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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August 2, 2015

2 Kings 17

The Fall of Israel

 

 

 

Have you ever driven through the country and seen an old, dilapidated barn or farmhouse?  The roof was caved in, there were many holes in the walls, and the whole structure was leaning.  What caused the collapse of that old building?  It might have been termites, water damage, or a combination of causes.

The building didn’t get in that condition overnight.  Once, it was a fine looking and useable structure, but over time it deteriorated.  The owners abandoned it and through the years the elements destroyed it.  Lack of upkeep, preventive maintenance, and repairs caused the building to become a complete wreck.

Spiritual decline is very much like that.  It doesn’t happen overnight, but its destructive results are certain to come.  In this week’s lesson you will learn about the final fall of the Northern Kingdom of Israel and examine its causes.

2 Kings 17:1-2

Hoshea was Israel’s last king.  Was he good or bad?

 

2 Kings 17:3

Assyria (see the Map of the Middle East) attacked Israel.  Hoshea became subservient to Assyria and annually paid tribute money to them.

 

2 Kings 17:4

Hoshea sought help from Egypt and stopped paying tribute.  How did the king of Assyria respond?

 

2 Kings 17:5

What did the king of Assyria do next?

 

2 Kings 17:6

After three years of siege (in 722 b.c.), Israel’s capital city of Samaria finally fell to the Assyrians.  What did they do with the Israelites?

 

Verses 7-23 explain the reasons WHY Israel fell.

2 Kings 17:7

“For so it was, that the children of Israel had __________ against the ________ their God.”  What had God done for them?

 

2 Kings 17:8

Rather than obeying God, who did they imitate?

 

2 Kings 17:9-10

What else did the Israelites do?

 

2 Kings 17:12

“For they served _________, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall _______ do this thing.”

 

2 Kings 17:13

Who did God send to warn the Israelites?

 

What was their message?

 

2 Kings 17:14

“They would not ________, but ____________ their _________, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not ___________ in the Lord their _______.”

 

2 Kings 17:15

What did they reject?

 

What did they follow?

 

2 Kings 17:16

What did they worship?

 

2 Kings 17:17

What did they do to their children?

 

They also “used divination and enchantments, and ________ themselves to do ________ in the sight of the ________, to provoke Him to _________.”

 

2 Kings 17:18-23

How did God feel about this?

 

What did He do in response to Israel’s sin?

 

Verses 24-41 tell us what the king of Assyria did next.  After deporting the Israelites, he moved other foreign captives in to live in the land.  These foreigners brought their pagan idols, but they also went through the motions of worshiping Israel’s God.  They mixed false religion with Judaism.  They also intermarried with the remaining Israelites.  The resulting ethnic and religious “half-breeds” were known as Samaritans (verse 29).

2 Kings 17:36

What were the Israelites supposed to do?

 

2 Kings 17:37

What were they supposed to observe forever?

 

What were they NOT supposed to do?

 

2 Kings 17:40

Did the people of Israel obey God?

 

Concluding Thoughts: Think about everything God did for Israel.  He brought them up out of Egyptian bondage and gave them a new land.  He established them in the Promised Land and gave them victory over their enemies.  He protected them and blessed them with plentiful food and water, as well as His abiding presence.

What did Israel do in return?  They forgot God’s commands and Laws.  They turned away from the Lord who had given them everything and started worshiping powerless false gods.  They conformed to those around them by participating in wicked and vile pagan worship.  They utterly rejected God.

How did God respond?  He destroyed Israel and scattered her people in foreign lands.  Spiritual decline is always destructive.

What about YOU?  Are you guilty of any of the sins of Israel?  Have you forgotten God’s commands?  Are you giving your love and devotion to powerless false gods?  Are you trying to fit in with the wicked world?  If so, you’re headed for trouble.  God still judges unfaithfulness.  Repent of your sins, do away with your idols, and recommit yourself wholeheartedly to God.  Do it now.

 

 

Project: Memorize 2 Kings 17:16.  Follow through on your commitment to stay faithful to the Lord.

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