Summary of Jehoshaphat’s Reign; Ahaziah, King of Israel (1 Kings 22:41 – 53)

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1 Kings 22:41 – 53

1. In what two ways are you like (and unlike) your father? Your mother?

2. If a biographer were writing the events of your life, what source documents and eyewitnesses would be invaluable?

3. What are Jehoshaphat’s big accomplishments? What could he have done better?

4. Why does he succeed in eliminating male prostitutes, but not pagan pillars and alters?

5. Why does his ships wreck (verse 48; see also 2 Chronicles 20:35 – 37)? Was it wrong to make peace with Israel?

6. What is Ahaziah’s problem (verse 52)? Who is to blame for this repeated sin?

7. Is it possible to know that your life is “right in the eyes of the Lord”? Does it matter if you know or not?

8. How would a one-paragraph biography of you read differently if you were doing “evil in the eyes of the Lord”?

9. Why do some children follow their parents while others totally reject them? How does it look like your children will go (if you have any)?

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Ahab Killed at Ramoth Gilead (1 Kings 22:29 – 40; 2 Chronicles 18:28 – 19:3)

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1 Kings 22:29 – 40

2 Chronicles 18:28 – 19:3

1. Have you ever said hello to a person you’d mistaken for someone else? How did he or she react? What characteristic mislead you?

2. Have you ever been mistaken for someone else?

3. You are invited to a masquerade party. Who do you come dressed as?

4. What was Ahab’s strategy for saving his own neck in this battle? How about the military strategy of the king of Aram?

5. Why would Jehoshaphat volunteer to become a target in this battle? How did the Lord help him? What do you think Jehoshaphat cried out?

6. What is the significance of a random arrow killing Ahab?

7. Who rebuked Jehoshaphat? What lessons were learned from this battle? About alliances? About God?

8. How does the end of this story fulfill the prophecy of Micaiah (see 1 Kings 22:20, 28)? Of Elijah (see 1 Kings 21:19 – 21, 29)? Thus proving what?

9. Do you believe that God sovereignly controls all of life’s circumstances? Is there human choice? Randomness? Explain.

10. Do you generally feel embarrassed to “cry out” for help? Ever have a narrow escape and learned about God from it? What happened?

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Micaiah Prophesies Against Ahab (1 Kings 22:1 – 28; 2 Chronicles 18:1 – 27)

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1 Kings 22:1 – 28

2 Chronicles 18:1 – 27

After years of warfare, there is finally peace between Israel and Judah. Ironically, it joined Israel’s worst king (Ahab) with one of Judah’s best kings (Jehosphaphat). The unholy alliance with Ahab led to a fateful battle against Aram that almost cost Jehosphaphat his life. Judah’s king spurned later offers of cooperation, but his son married Ahab’s daughter. This unwise marriage exposed Judah to the evil practices of the North and ultimately led to a royal bloodbath.

1. Did you ever tell a big lie as a child? Were you caught? What happened?

2. Do you have a friend who is nothing but bad news? Why do you overlook all the negativity?

3. Have you ever been slapped on the cheek? Was it in jest or in real anger? Did you slap back, turn the other cheek or make up?

4. What peace treaty has Ahab struck with Aram (1 Kings 22:1, 2; 1 Kings 20:34; compare 1 Kings 15:20)? Where is Ramoth Gilead? What has apparently not happened?

5. Consider yesterday’s study about Naboth’s vineyard  (1 Kings 21) and Ahab’s meekness at the end of the chapter. Has Ahab recovered from his meekness (verse 4)? Or did Elijah’s prophecy make him feel invincible?

6. How “buddy-buddy” are Ahab and Jehoshaphat now (see also 2 Kings 8:16, 18)? What does Jehoshaphat’s request reveal about him (1 Kings 22:5, 7)?

7. If Jezebel killed the prophets of God and Elijah killed the prophets of Baal, who are these 400 men (1 Kings 22:6, 7)?

8. Is prophecy a fairly cushy, in-demand profession? How do the prophets answer Ahab and Jehoshaphat? What does Jehoshaphat make of this bunch?

9. What is the basis for Ahab’s assessment of a prophet (compare his attitude in today’s study with 1 King 18:17; 1 Kings 20:42; 1 Kings 21:20)? Is Ahab trying different prophets until he finds one who agrees with him? Why?

10. Who was the prophet of the Lord? How does Ahab feel about him? Why?

11. The messenger prompts Micaiah with what Ahab wants to hear. But why does Micaiah respond as he does? Is he lying? Teasing Ahab? What does Ahab think? How does he interpret Micaiah’s prophecy? Why?

12. How does Micaiah explain the deceit of the other prophets?

13. Why does Zedekiah slap Micaiah and ask a sarcastic question? How is he put in his place by Micaiah?

14. What is the test of Micaiah’s message? Why take Micaiah hostage?

  • that will win God’s blessing
  • a hungry Micaiah must pray for his welfare
  • bad news prophets must be kept out of sight

15. How difficult is it to tell the truth no matter what? To family? At work? To God?

16. In what situations might lying be wise and/or necessary? Why?

17. Who or what makes a lie okay? Conversely, do you always have to tell everybody anything they ask? Can you protect yourself by letting people be mislead? What examples come to mind from this story and elsewhere?

18. Are you so stubborn that your closest friends must scheme to get you to hear their advice? Why are you always the last to know?

19. What price have you paid for telling the truth? Was it worth the cost?

20. What major decision of yours warrant outside counsel? Why do you follow some advice and ignore other views? How do you choose among conflicting opinions? Who is your final arbiter?

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