Disciple Bible Study: Week 10, Reading 2

I’m participating in Disciple Bible Study, a 34 week intensive. For five days, we have different readings.  I have decided to document my initial noticings from a close reading of the scripture. Well, an attempt at a close reading.

Week 10 Theme:  God Warns the People

Readings:  1 Kings 19:19-22:40, 2 Kings 2:1-18, 2 Kings 9

Noticings:

1 Kings 19:19-22:40

  • 19:19 – Elisha had twelve yoke of oxen ahead of him
  • 20:33-34, 42 – Interesting bit about this treaty with Benhadad.  G*d was the one who made Benhadad "devoted to destruction" and wanted him killed.  Ahab condemned because he let him live.  But note the monist nature of God.  Not "the devil made him this way," but "G*d made him this way."
  • 21 – Jezebel is quite the conspirator
  • 21:29 – Is it really fair to delay the consequences of Ahab's actions to fall on his children, after Ahab's death, after Ahab cannot be hurt by the choices he, himself made?  What kind of G*d are we talking about here?
  • 22:29 – Ahab is pretty mean and sneaky.  Pays the ultimate price for setting up Jehoshaphat.

2 Kings 2:1-18

  • 2:1-2 – Really?  How confusing can it be…Elijah, Elijah, Elisha, Elijah…a little bit of mixing up of names.  I wonder how these two names might be different in Hebrew.  (see below...I looked it up in Strong's)
  • 2:8 – Another parting of the seas.  Just sayin'.  This is the third one I've come across.  Usually we only think of the Red Sea/Moses.  Interesting to me.  One way to firmly establish Elijah as a great leader is to link him to Moses!
  • 2:12 – The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!  I am suddenly thinking of the Revelation to John.

2 Kings 9

  • 9:1-3 – What about this "hit and run" anointing of Jehu?  How would you feel about that?
  • 9:20 – A commentary on teenage driving
  • 9:37 – Eww. Jezebel got hers in the end.
452 אֵלִיָּה, אֵלִיָּהוּ [ʾEliyah, ʾEliyahuw /ay·lee·yaw/] n pr m. From 410 and 3050; GK 488 and 489; 71 occurrences; AV translates as “Elijah” 69 times, and “Eliah” twice. 1 the great prophet of the reign of Ahab. 2 Benjamite son of Jeroham. 3 a son of Elam with foreign wife during exile. 4 a son of Harim, and priest, with foreign wife during exile. Additional Information: Elijah or Eliah = “my God is Jehovah” or “Yah(u) is God”.[1]

477 אֱלִישָׁע [ʾEliyshaʿ /el·ee·shaw/] n pr m. Contracted for 474; GK 515; 58 occurrences; AV translates as “Elisha” 58 times. 1 the great prophet who succeeded Elijah. Additional Information: Elisha = “God is salvation”.[2]


[1] Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the text of the common English version of the canonical books, and every occurrence of each word in regular order. (electronic ed.). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship.

[2] Strong, J. (1996). The exhaustive concordance of the Bible : Showing every word of the text of the common English version of the canonical books, and every occurrence of each word in regular order. (electronic ed.). Ontario: Woodside Bible Fellowship.

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