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
- 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.