Amon, King of Judah (2 Kings 21:17 – 26; 2 Chronicles 33:18 – 26)

Scripture Texts:

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2 Kings 21:17 – 26

2 Chronicles 33:18 – 26

Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother’s name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” – 2 Kings 22:1, 2 (2 Chronicles 34:1, 2)

1. Why was Amon’s reign so short-lived (verse 23), especially when compared to Manasseh’s 55 years? If Amon did as much evil as his father (verse 20), why did the people kill those who killed him (verse 24)?

2. How else have the people shown their support for the house of David (2 Kings 11:10 – 14, 18 – 20; 2 Kings 14:21)?

3. Do you believe in “power to the people”, as demonstrated here? What are the benefits and dangers of people power? How can it run amok?

4. Should God’s people ever use violence to achieve justice, as did the run-amok crowd? When?

5. Amon learned some lessons and rejected others from the life of his father. Which ones? What’s the big difference between father and son?

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