Introduction: Time is coming to an end for the Northern Kingdom
called Israel. Time is also coming to an end for Elisha. This week
we turn our study to these “last events” for Israel and Elisha. Let’s
dive in!

  1. Jehoahaz Rules

    1. Read 2 Kings 13:1-2. What is wrong with the rule of King

      1. Wasn’t his father, Jehu, very zealous in combating
        idolatry? (See 2 Kings 9:22)

      2. Read 2 Kings 10:28-29, 31. Why would Jehu be so much
        against Baal worship, but tolerate calf worship? (Sin
        is not always logical.)

        1. Have you seen believers who are very concerned
          about God’s law in some areas of their lives and
          completely unconcerned about other equally
          important areas?

        2. Have you seen Christians who are determined to
          “wipe out” certain sins in the church while at
          the same time displaying other sins in their

          1. Does this describe you?

        3. What effect did Jehu’s failure to put aside calf
          worship have on his son, Jehoahaz? (The son
          adopted his father’s bad habits, but not his
          good habits!)

    2. Read 2 Kings 13:3-4. We see a change of heart in Jehoahaz.
      Did God also change? (No! God brought this trouble on
      Jehoahaz so that he would repent. God did not change His
      mind, He simply listened to the “call for help” He hoped
      to hear from Jehoahaz.)

    3. Read 2 Kings 13:5. Is this the way the Lord works today?
      Will He provide a “deliverer” for you when you get into
      trouble – even trouble of your own making?

      1. What is the key to God coming to your rescue?
        (Repenting and turning to God.)

    4. Read 2 Kings 13:6-7. Did Jehoahaz continue to turn to
      God? (No)

      1. What was the result?

      2. How much power did Israel have? (Almost none! 50
        cavalry and 10 chariots in addition to foot

  2. Elisha

    1. Jehoahaz dies and his ungodly son, Jehoash becomes king.
      Read 2 Kings 13:14. Elisha was in what kind of physical
      condition? What would be your guess? (It seems that he
      looked so bad that Jehoash was brought to tears.)

      1. If Elisha is an old, sick man, how can King Jehoash
        call him “The chariots and horsemen of Israel?”

        1. Is this merely a reference to the fact that last
          time we heard, Israel had only 50 horses and 10
          chariots? Was the military as bad as Elisha
          looked? (I do not think this is what is meant.
          Even this evil king recognized that God’s work
          through this righteous man was the real power of
          Israel and not its army or its kings.)

        2. Are you as perceptive as this evil king? Do you
          recognize that the real power in your life comes
          from God and not your own talents, efforts or
          hard work?

    2. Read 2 Kings 13:15-16. Now here is a good idea. The old,
      sick prophet will play bows and arrows with the king.
      Does the king need target practice?

      1. What is going on?

    3. Read 2 Kings 13:17-19. Was this a game of imagination
      that the prophet was playing with the king?

      1. What do you think each arrow meant? How do you know?

      2. Notice that Elisha (v. 16) put his hands over the
        king’s hands as he shot the arrows. Was Elisha
        providing a little strength or steadiness to the
        king? (I doubt it, in Elisha’s condition. We can tell
        from the first arrow that the shots are symbolic of
        what God will do for His people. The hands of the
        prophet on the hands of the king shows the
        partnership that God seeks to have with us in doing
        His will.)

      3. Who decided how many arrows would be shot that day?
        (The king.)

        1. What is the symbolism in this? (That with each
          bow-shot Israel won another battle against its
        1. What is the practical lesson in this for us?

        2. How much control did the King have over his own
          future? (This is a powerful lesson. God
          encouraged, directed and guided by His prophet,
          Elisha. But, when all was said and done, the
          extent of the power that the King received from
          God was in his own hands. He decided how much he
          would allow God to work through him.)

          1. Is this true today? Is the extent of the
            power of God that is available to us a
            matter of our own decision?

          2. Does God let us determine how much of His
            Spirit we will use?

          3. Does God allow us to determine how many
            battles we will win in life?

          4. Is God angry with us (v.19) when we do not
            ask for all of the power and blessings
            that He has in mind for us?

    1. Read 2 Kings 13:20a. Elijah was taken to heaven in a
      chariot. Elisha died and was placed in the dirt (really, a
      tomb). If Elisha had wanted, could he have decided to go
      to heaven in a chariot? Could he have taken advantage of
      the “Just Shoot” lesson he had given the king? (Just like
      the king was told to “open the east window” and “shoot,”
      so God gives us windows of opportunity to exercise our
      faith and “expand our borders.” However, God is
      ultimately in charge of which windows are open and which
      are not. I do not think Elisha had the option to go to
      heaven in a chariot. God had not opened that window to

    2. Read 2 Kings 20b-21. Imagine the picture here. Friends
      are carrying a friend to be buried. What do you think the
      friends did when they saw the Moabite raiders? (They ran

      1. Our text tells us that in their haste to run away,
        they tossed their friend into Elisha’s tomb. When
        the dead man touched Elisha’s bones, he came to life
        and stood on his feet. What do you think he did when
        he saw the Moabite raiders heading his way? (He would
        have had the same reaction as his friends. He no
        doubt started running after his friends.)

      2. Let’s keep going with this story. Do you think the
        friends turned around to see how close the raiders
        were getting to them? What do you think they saw when
        they turned around? (Their dead friend running at top
        speed after them!)

        1. How fast do you think the friends are now were
          running? (I think they turned things up a notch!
          Not only did they have Moabites to worry about,
          but now a “ghost” of their dead friend is after

      3. This is a fun story – one of my favorites in the Old
        Testament. Why is it here in the account of the last
        days of Israel? Does it have any spiritual lesson for
        us? Or, is it just some bizarre story that makes you
        rethink things like the Shroud of Turin?

        1. Does it have any relationship to the “Just
          Shoot” story that preceded it? (Yes. Both
          stories illustrate the power of God to work
          through weakness. You can never say that you
          cannot do this or that for God. When Elisha was
          almost dead, he was still the “chariots and
          horses” of Israel because God worked through
          him. Even more amazing, God was able to work
          through Elisha when Elisha was just “bones.”
          Israel was on its last legs too. This story
          illustrates that it was not too late for Israel
          to turn back to God and live.)

          1. Is your life spiritually dead? Are you
            just a dried up old bone — spiritually
            speaking? (If so, there is hope for you!)

  1. The End

    1. 2 Kings 17 reveals the end of the existence of Israel and
      the reasons why. I recommend you read the entire chapter.
      In the class this morning, let’s read just the concluding
      verses. Read 2 Kings 17:35-37. What is the contract
      (covenant) that God made with His people? What was the
      obligation on each side? (God saved them (brought them out
      of Egypt) and they would worship only God.)

      1. Is that contract, or something similar, still offered
        today? (I think so. Jesus saved us from eternal
        death. In exchange, He asks for our exclusive worship
        and our loyalty.)

    2. Read 2 Kings 17:40-41. Was the problem that the people
      completely turned away from God? (No. They worshiped God
      and they worshiped idols.)

      1. How do you think they rationalized this practice?

      2. Does this practice exist today?

    3. Friend, have you given your entire heart to Jesus? Or,
      like the Israelites, do you have “some God” and “something
      else” in your heart? Are you “on the fence,” “open-minded” when it comes to your allegiance? God calls for
      us to give Him our whole heart.

  2. Next Week: Manasseh and the Early Days of Josiah