2 Kings 24:1 – 4
During Jehoiakim’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon invaded the land, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. But then he turned against Nebuchadnezzar and rebelled. The Lord sent Babylonian, Aramean, Moabite and Ammonite raiders against him to destroy Judah, in accordance with the word of the Lord proclaimed by his servants the prophets. Surely these things happened to Judah according to the Lord’s command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done, including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the Lord was not willing to forgive.
Note: Perhaps it is during these years of conflict with old enemies of Judah that Jeremiah brings the following judgments against those enemies.
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1. Where do you keep your family records? With a relative? In a family Bible? Safe deposit box?
2. What one fact or story do you think would distinguish your family tree from others in your church or small group?
3. In school, did you ever study much about your country’s bordering neighbors? What can you recall about their population? Gross national product? History? Geography?
4. If you were a news reporter, which “beat” would you like to be assigned: Foreign war? Government intrigue? Movies and TV? Business? Sports? Lifestyles? Other? Explain your answer.
5. How are Judah and Moab related (see Genesis 19:36,37)? Where is Moab located? How many towns does Jeremiah mention (verses 1 – 5, 21 – 24)? Why do you think he knows so much?
6. Who is the “local god” of the Moabites (verse 7; see 1 Kings 11:7, 33)? Although God has not given them the Jewish Law, what does He expect from Moab (verse 13; see 1 Kings 12:26 – 30)?
7. Besides worshipping Chemosh, what has Moab done to Judah (verses 26, 27; see 2 Kings 24:1, 2)? What was the prevailing attitude about Judah’s plight (verse 29)?
8. What product was Moab particularly famous for (verses 11, 12, 32, 33)? What form of political domination is Moab going to suffer for the first time? When Moab was invaded by the Babylonians soon after the fall of Judah, who occupied their land (see Ezekiel 25:10)?
9. Verses 36 – 38 describe an ancient Middle Eastern funeral. Why do you think these things were done?
10. Around 150 years earlier, Isaiah prophesied against Moab (see Isaiah 15. Why do you think Jeremiah’s language is so similar?
11. How final does Moab’s defeat sound to you?
12. Are there any long-standing feuds in your family? What issues do relatives fight over? What punishments do they exact? Why is it so easy for family members to be so hard on each other?
13. Why does God condemn pride and arrogance so severely? What is evil about them? Where do they turn up in your life?
14. The Moabites no longer exist as a national group. What do you think of God’s promise to “restore their fortunes”?
15. Does seeing and hearing about disasters from the media effect you anymore? What is the affect of broadcasting disaster after disaster everyday? How can you keep from being hardened to the suffering of others in the world?
16. Have you ever had the last laugh on a boss? Parent? Schoolyard bully? How did it feel? Has anyone had the last laugh on you? Is there ever a last laugh?