Disciple Bible Study: Week 11, 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 11 Theme:  God Punishes the People

Readings: 2 Kings 21-23

Noticings:

  • 21:1 – Manasseh becomes king at 12 years old for 55 years
  • 21:6 – a reference to the practice of child sacrifice
  • 21:12 – is it really fair that G*d punishes Judah because of the ineptitude of her rulers?
  • 21:19 – Amon becomes king for two months.  22 – 24 years old.
  • 22:1 – Josiah was 8 years old when he becomes king.  Son of Amon.  Means Amon was 16 when he had Josiah.
  • 22:2 – Josiah was "righteous"
  • 22:8 – Found the book of the law in the house of the Lord.  What?  That had to be a significant day!
  • 22:18-20 – delayed punishment promised
  • 23:3 – Josiah promises to follow G*d's commandments, decrees, statues with all his heart and all his soul
  • 23:3 – and all the people agree
  • 23:15 – finally got rid of Jeroboam's place of worship
  • 23:21 – celebrate Passover finally!
  • 23:25 – Josiah was better than King David!!  Followed G*d with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might.  Deuteronomy 6:5.  Calling upon Moses.  Josiah was a leader worthy of Moses.  But apparently all his goodness is not good enough to fix G*d's wrath.
  • 23:31 – Jehoahaz becomes king for 3 months
  • 23:34 – Eliakim, son of Josiah, becomes king and changes name to Jehoiakim.  This must be to draw upon the good name of Josiah?  The next series of kings are, starting with Josiah:  Josiah-Jehoahaz-Jehoiakim-Jehoiachin-Zedekiah.
  • 24:1 – Jehoiakim becomes servant of King Nebuchadnezzar
  • 24:3-4 – Manaseh's fault.
  • 24:13 – beginning of the end
  • 25:7 – Zedekiah's sons killed and Zedekiah's eyes put out and Z. taken to Babylon.  Exile for real.
  • 25:9 – Temple destroyed
  • 25:12 – the poorest people are left
  • 25:27-30 – weird little tacked on ending.  I wonder what is going on here.  Bible study notes say it is showing hope.

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