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The Heroes & Hope Amidst the Southern Kingdom’s Fall

Chapter 17 of The Story – The Kingdom’s Fall – 2 Kings 21-25; 2 Chronicles 34, 36; Jeremiah; Lamentations; Ezekiel

KEY POINTS:

  1. The Southern Kingdom’s Spiritual Sin
  2. God’s Continued Grace & Patience
  3. God’s Young Guns of Righteousness – A. Jeremiah the Bull Frog … B. Josiah, A Righteous Young Dude
  4. Jeremiah’s Eye-Witness Account of God’s Judgment on Judah
  5. Ezekiel’s Prophetic Visions – God as a Wheel … The Valley of Dry Bones … God’s Promised Return

Questions to Stir Discussion:

How old were you when you personally started seeking God? How was this different than before?

Josiah became King of Judah when he was 8 years old. Then, on his own at age 16 Josiah chose to pursue God in a country and time when people weren’t seeking God … how different and
unusual would that have been?

Jeremiah was given an impossible assignment – he was to speak God’s heart to a nation that didn’t and wouldn’t listen to him with a steel resolve … are we charged with the task in
today’s world … Why or why not?

Despite impending judgment to Judah, Jeremiah shares Gods’ larger desire and purpose in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I have plans for you, plans     to give you hope and a future.”  How were those words life-giving to Judah back then, and still life-affirming to us today?