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 I &2 KINGS –CHRONICLES HARMONY-LESSON TWENTY


I. THE REIGN OF HEZEKIAH OVER JUDAH (II Kings 18-20; 2 Chronicles 29-32)

A. Hezekiah begins reign at the age of 25 in the third year of Hoshea, king of Israel (18:1-2)

1. Reigns 29 years

2. Mother’s name was Abi, the daughter of Zechariah

B. Character of Hezekiah (18:3-7a)

1. Did right in the eyes of Jehovah – like David

2. Casts down the objects of idolatry

3. Cleanses Temple (2 Chronicles 29:3-19)

4. Consecrates of the Temple (2 Chronicles 29:20-36)

5. Makes preparations for all to keep the Passover feast (2 Chronicles 30:1-22, 23-27)

6. Reestablishes the Priests and Levites according to their courses (2 Chronicles 31:2-21)

7. Clave to Jehovah and kept His commandments – God prospers him – wealth (2 Chronicles 32:23, 27-29)

C. Hezekiah throws off the Assyrian yoke (18:7b)

D. Hezekiah’s successful Philistine campaign (18:8)

E. Israel carried off into Assyrian captivity in the 4-6th. years of Hezekiah’s reign over Judah (18:9-12)

F. Sennacherib’s first invasion of Judah (18:13-16)

1. Sennacherib comes up against fenced cities of Judah, and takes them in the fourteenth year of Hezekiah’s reign.

2. Hezekiah sends messengers to Sennacherib at Lachish saying he will bear what Sennacherib will put on him.

3. Hezekiah meets Sennacherib’s demands – 300 talents of silver and 30 talents of gold.

G. Sennacherib’s second invasion of Judah (18:17-19:37)

1. Sennacherib enters Judah: Hezekiah’s precautions (2 Chronicles 32:1-8)

2. the advance against Jerusalem: Rabshakeh’s message (18:17-25; 2 Chronicles 32:9-15)

3. The reply of Hezekiah’s ministers (18:26)

4. The further insolence of Rabshakeh (18:27-35; 2 Chronicles 32:16, 18, 19)

5. The despair of Hezekiah’s ministers (18:36-37)

6. Hezekiah’s message to Isaiah (19:1-5)

7. Isaiah’s strengthening answer (19:6-7)

8. Rabshakeh’s departure (19:8)

9. Sennacherib’s blasphemous letter to Hezekiah and messenger’s troubling speech (19:9-13; 2 Chronicles 32:17)

10. Hezekiah’s prayer (19:14-19; 2 Chronicles 32:20)

11. Jehovah’s encouraging answer through Isaiah (19:20-34, 2 Chronicles 32:21a)

12. Jehovah’s overthrow of the Assyrians (19:35-36, 2 Chronicles 32:21b-22)

H. Hezekiah’s illness and recovery (20:1-11, 2 Chronicles 32:24-26)

I. Hezekiah’s reception of the Babylonian embassy (20:12-19, 2 Chronicles 32:31)

J. Building of pool and conduit into the city – the death of Hezekiah- Manasseh reigns in his place

   (20:20-21, 2 Chronicles 32:30, 32-33)


QUESTIONS:

1. Hezekiah’s good character was (a) enhanced by his father’s good character or (b) Despite his father’s evil character.


2. What had the brazen serpent, commanded by God to be constructed by Moses in his day, become in Hezekiah’s day?


3. What did Hezekiah call the brazen serpent?


4. What steps did Hezekiah take to reform the Temple?


5. What Jewish feast did Hezekiah prepare for and command to be kept?


6 How did the feast stand out in keeping it from other times in history when it was kept?


7. Looking to Hezekiah for an example, what is involved in “cleaving to Jehovah”?


8. How was Hezekiah blessed by Jehovah?


9. How did the people of Israel manifest that they did not “believe God”?


10. In what year of Hezekiah’s reign was the Northern Kingdom of Israel taken into Assyrian captivity?


11. How did Hezekiah react to the first invasion of Sennacherib, the king of Assyria?


12. To strike fear into people of Judah, what theme did the master of the king of Assyria, Rabshakeh, emphasize to Judah?


13. What did Hezekiah do to overcome fear?


14. What did God do to overcome the Assyrian invasion?


15. What happened to Sennacherib when he returned to Nineveh?


16. What news did Hezekiah receive that drove him to weeping and prayer?


17. God does not offer miraculous signs when demanded by those who seek to believe. (T) (F)


18. How was Hezekiah’s prayer answered?


19. Why did the son of the King of Babylon come to visit Hezekiah?


20. What did Hezekiah do that caused God, through Isaiah, to rebuke him?


21. What was Hezekiah’s response to Isaiah’s prophecy?


22. What building project did Hezekiah complete in his days





I &2 KINGS –CHRONICLES HARMONY LESSON TWENTY-ONE


I. THE EVIL REIGNS OF MANASSEH AND AMON OVER JUDAH (2 Kings 21:1-26a; 2 Chronicles 33)

A. Manasseh’s accession to the throne (21:1)

1. Begins reign at the age of 12

2. Hephzibah is his mother

3. Reigns 55 years over Judah

B. The idolatrous practices of Manasseh (21:2-9; 2 Chronicles 33:1-9)

C. Jehovah’s message “by His servants the prophets” (21:10-15)

D. Manasseh’s further crimes of shedding innocent blood (21:16)

E. Manasseh’s captivity, repentance and restoration (2 Chronicles 33:10-13)

F. Manasseh’s building projects (2 Chronicles 33:14-17)

1. Jerusalem’s outer wall

2. Idols of foreign gods taken away with altars – built up the altar of Jehovah – offered sacrifices unto Jehovah

G. Death of Manasseh (21:17-18, 2 Chronicles 33:18-20)

H Amon’s accession to the throne (21:19, 2 Chronicles 33:21)

1. Begins to reign at the age of 22

2. Meshullemeth, the daughter of Haruz of Jotbah is his mother.

3. Reigns 2 years over Judah

I. Ammon served and worshiped the idols of his father, Manasseh (21:20-22; 2 Chronicles 33:22-23)

J. Death of Amon (21:23-26; 2 Chronicles 33:24-25)


QUESTIONS:

1. Manasseh reigned longer than any other Jewish king. (T) (F)


2. Where did Manasseh erect idolatrous altars and the image of Asherah?


3. What did Manasseh do to his son?

 

4. What popular practice today did Manasseh practice in his day? What was God’s judgment concerning this practice?


5. Was God’s promise of remaining in Jerusalem conditional?


6. The Amorites and the heathen nations around Judah did more evil in the sight of Jehovah than Manasseh did (T) (F)


7. What does Jehovah promise Judah through His servants that will cause both of one’s ears to tingle?


8. What is the line of Samaria and the plummet of Ahab?


9. What does a man wiping a dish have to do with Jehovah and Judah?


10. Besides the various acts of idolatry, what further evil did Manasseh do in Jerusalem?


11. What caused Manasseh to have a change of heart concerning his evil?


12. What was Jehovah’s response to Manasseh’s prayer?


13. What three areas of restoration did Manasseh do?


14. Where was Manasseh buried?


15. Amon lived a righteous life despite the evil influence of Manasseh, his father (T) (F)


16. Amon ________________ Jehovah, the God of his fathers, and _________________

      ________________________in the way of Jehovah.


17. How did Amon die?


18. What did the people of the land do when Amon died?