Term 1 – Week 06
Big Idea – The Lord removed the Israelites from His presence (the land) because of their persistent sin
2 Kings 17
- To know that the Assyrian army destroyed Samaria and carried the people off into exile.
- To understand the destruction of Israel/Samaria and their subsequent removal from the land was punishment for their sin against the Lord, which began with Jeroboam.
- To appreciate that the Lord used the Assyrian king & His army to carry about his divine judgement.
- Belief (Head / Heart) – The Assyrian exile shows us two aspects of God’s character. He is a God of righteous anger and cannot let the sin of people go unpunished. But he is also abounding in love, faithfulness and grace. He gave the Israelites warning after warning and called the people to turn back to him.
- Behaviour (Hands) – Listen to the warning: Sinners turn away from your sin and put your trust in Jesus the King or you will be shut out of the presence of the Lord forever.
Ezekiel 36:24-26a, 28 (NIVUK)
‘“For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you….. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.”’
Song(s) – Ben Pakula’s ‘Masterplan’ Album
This term we’re looking at the storyline of the kings of Israel and Judah, from the end of Solomon’s reign to the destruction and exile of both kingdoms.
Throughout the history of Israel and Judah, God continually raised up prophets to speak on His behalf and warn the people to repent and turn away from their idolatry back to worshipping the one true God. But despite these warnings, God’s people refused to listen and turn away from their sin & rebellion and therefore were punished accordingly.
By the time we get to the end of 2 Kings, it feels like a history without hope. The monarchy has failed, the people of God are punished because of their continual sin and rebellion, there is no promise of a return to the land and nor is there a promise of a restoration of the Davidic dynasty.
But God is a God who keeps his promise to both save and to judge, so there is reason to hope! God will remember his promise to David in 2 Samuel 7. He promised a forever King from the line of David who would rule over a forever kingdom, and the prophets spoke of restoration after judgment.
Ben Pakula’s album ‘Masterplan’ is a biblical-theology concept album. It’s a musical presentation of the whole story of the Bible, focusing on the centrality of Jesus. (Warning: Rock Music ahead!)
Tracks 11-16 cover this part of the Bible. You can find the album online – follow the links below.
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