Promise Keeper — Part 1

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What does it mean that God is a promise keeper? What if we don’t like the promises? When he set out to repair the Temple, King Josiah, one of the rulers of God’s people, learned what it meant to serve a God who keeps promises. Pastor Luke looks at 2 Kings 22: 1–23: 3 in “Promise Keeper,” the first message in a new series of the same name.

Questions to Consider

OPEN. 1. When have you been cleaning or repairing someplace and found something that you believed was lost? What was it? Why was it lost?

UNPACK. Read 2 Kings 21:1-2 and 22:1-2.

2. Basing your answer only on the summaries at the beginning of chapters 21 and 22, how were the reigns of King Manasseh and King Josiah similar? How were they different?

3. Manasseh’s father was King Hezekiah. Read the summary of his reign in 2 Kings 18:1-2. Suppose someone told you that a person’s parentage determines how they will turn out. How would you respond?

4. Beside their parentage, what reasons can you imagine for how Manasseh and Josiah turned out as kings?

5. Read 2 Kings 22:3-7. Why do you suppose Josiah decided to repair the Temple?

6. Read 2 Kings 22:8-10. Why might Hilkiah have decided to inform the King that the book of the Law had been found? Do you think he would have anticipated how Josiah responded? Why or why not?

7. Read 2 Kings 22:19. According to Huldah the prophetess, what was it that caused God to hear Josiah?

APPLY. 8. How many Bibles are in your house? How quickly could you locate them? If you were handed a Bible, how quickly could you find your favorite verse? (If you don’t have a favorite, use John 3:16.)

9. If you received a message like the one Josiah got from Huldah, sparing you personally from an upcoming tragedy, what would you do next? Why?

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