Term 1 – Week 11
Big Idea – The Lord used King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army to destroy Jerusalem and carry the people off to exile
2 Kings 24-25
- To know that the fall of Jerusalem was punishment from God because of the persistent sin of God’s people.
- To understand that God not only used Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonian army as instruments of judgement but to some degree Zedekiah as well.
- To appreciate that God had to punish the Israelites for their sin because of his character and covenant agreement with Israel.
- Belief (Head / Heart) – God is abounding in love and faithfulness, but he will not leave the guilty unpunished. It was right for God to punish His people for sin. Do we believe this to be true?
- Behaviour (Hands) – Just as the Lord gave the Israelites the opportunity to repent and turn back to the Lord from idols, so the Lord gives all people through the Lord Jesus the opportunity to repent and turn back to him. Have we done this?
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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