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1. Were you ever banished from the presence of your parents or peers? Where were you sent – your room, the principal’s office, a relative’s home, etc.?
2. How does Jehoiachin continue his father’s policies toward God and Babylon (verses 8 – 11)?
3. Why not resist the invaders as Hezekiah (see 2 Kings 19)?
- Judah is weary of war.
- The prophet is not encouraging. (see Jeremiah 22:28 – 30)
- Another miracle would be needed. (see 2 Kings 19:35)
- Jehoiachin knows the odds.
4. Who does the conquest affect (verses 12 – 14)? Who’s not affected? Why does Babylon deport the upper class?
5. Why does the name change from Mattaniah (“Gift of Yahweh”) to Zedekiah (“Righteousness of Yahweh”) (verses 16 and 17)?
6. When hope for survival dims, how do you cope? What role does faith play in that?
7. Is forgiveness ever beyond reach? Explain. Is the “snowball effect” sometimes impossible to stop, as in the last days before the fall of Jerusalem?
8. Why do the poor care the least who holds power? Why do you care about who’s in or out of government?