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.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

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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July 12, 2015

2 Kings 11 - 12

Joash: Revival in Judah

 

 

 

“Pray for revival.”  “America needs revival.”  “Revival is coming.”

There is a lot of talk in the church these days about revival.  Christian leaders tell us we need revival, ask us to pray for revival, and some even say revival is already here.

What is revival?  Is it more than just a series of meetings at church or special services led by an evangelist?  What is real revival?  If true revival were to come, what would it look like?

In this week’s lesson we are going to learn about a revival that occurred in the Southern Kingdom of Judah.  There were two distinguishing marks to this revival.  Those marks will help us identify true revival today.

2 Kings 11:1

Athaliah was the mother of King Ahaziah of Judah (whom Jehu had killed –2  Kings 9:27).  She was also the daughter of wicked King Ahab and Jezebel of Israel (2 Kings 8:18).  What did she do when she learned that her son was dead?

 

2 Kings 11:2

How was Joash, one of Ahaziah’s sons, spared?

 

2 Kings 11:3

How long was he hidden?

 

2 Kings 11:4-12

When Joash was seven years old, Jehoiada the priest crowned him king of Judah.

 

2 Kings 11:13-14

How did Athaliah react?

 

2 Kings 11:15-16

What happened to Athaliah?

 

2 Kings 11:17

“And Jehoiada made a ____________ between the ________ and the ________ and the __________.”

What was the point of that covenant?

 

2 Kings 11:18

What did the people destroy?

 

Who did they kill?

 

2 Kings 11:19-21

Seven-year-old Joash was on the throne of Judah.  After they destroyed the idols “All the people of the land ____________, and the city was in _________” (verse 20).

 

The first evidence or mark of true revival in Judah was that they removed idols and destroyed the place of idol worship.  The same thing will happen today when God’s people experience true revival.  We may not worship golden statues, but an idol is anything you worship, love, serve, or honor more than the Lord.  When revival takes place, God’s people do away with idols.

2 Kings 12:4-5

What did Joash (here written Jehoash) want to do to the house of the Lord (the Temple)?

 

Over time, the Temple had fallen into disrepair.  Also, wicked Queen Athaliah let her sons damage the Temple and take its gold and silver furnishings to be used for Baal worship (2 Chron. 24:7).

2 Kings 12:6

How long did the priests delay the repair work?

 

2 Kings 12:7-8

Joash forbid the priests from collecting any more money and commanded that all future offerings be used exclusively for Temple repairs.

 

2 Kings 12:9

How did they collect money?

 

2 Kings 12:10-11

What did they do with the money?

 

2 Kings 12:14

They gave the money “to the ___________, and ____________ therewith the _________ of the Lord.”

 

2 Kings 12:15

How trustworthy were the workmen?

 

The second evidence or mark of true revival in Judah was that they repaired the house of God.  The same thing will happen today.  When true revival breaks out God’s people are willing to give money to see that God’s house is in good condition.  It is a shame that many church buildings are old, run-down, and in general disrepair.  Some church members would refuse to live in a house that was in as bad condition as their church.  Christians ought to want their church buildings to reflect positively on the Lord Jesus Christ.  The church house doesn’t have to be a palace, but it certainly shouldn’t be dirty or run-down.

Concluding Thoughts: God worked through King Joash to bring revival to Judah.  Revival is possible even in times of spiritual decline.  When revival came the people (1) removed and destroyed their idols, and (2) contributed money to repair and refurnish the Temple.  These two evidences of true revival still hold true today.

Based on these two evidences, are YOU experiencing revival?

Have you allowed idols into your life?  What things do you worship, honor, love, and serve more than God?  Is there anything that is more important to you than the Lord?  Are your family, career, hobbies, or friends coming between you and the Lord?  If so, you need to put things back in proper perspective and be certain that the Lord Jesus Christ occupies first place in your life.

Do you have enough love and respect for the Lord and your church to keep the church buildings clean and in good repair?  Everything the church owns was purchased with the tithes and offerings of God’s people and belongs to God.  Are you willing to give money to care for God’s church?

 

 

Project: Remove any remaining idols from your life.  If you find something dirty or broken at church, clean it or fix it.  You will discover some steps toward revival in the August 23 lesson.

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