Stories are important parts of who we are. They change how we see ourselves and our relationships to the world around us. Sometimes, however, we forget parts of our stories. Due to forgetfullness or purposeful repression, we can often hide parts of our stories from ourselves. When we lose a part of our story, the consequences can often be rough. This week, we will will discuss Josiah, a king who rediscovers his people’s story. As we’ll see, that rediscovery brings both joy and pain.

 

Icebreaker

What is one of your parents’ favorite stories to tell about you?

 

Scripture Reading

2 Kings 22:1-23:3

 

Discussion Questions

Read 2 Kings 22:1-11.

  1. What do you find surprising/interesting in this passage? Why?
  2. What do verses 3-7 tell us about the religious state of Israel? Why is that important?
  3. Leader’s Note: The Temple was undergoing major repair, not just typical upkeep work. It reveals that Israel’s dedication to Yahweh has been relatively lax in the past few years.
  4. 1 Corinthians 6:19 says our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (aka. God). How does the state of your temple stack up against the that of Israel’s?
  5. In verse 8, they “find” the book of the Law. What do you think of the various people’s response to the book? What does this say about the state of Israel and God’s relationship?
    Leader’s Note: Priests were supposed to be knowledgeable of the the law and the bridge between God and Israel, yet they had lost the law. The King realized the forebodinig message that the Law contained. If Israel forgets God, God had promised destruction.
  6. Have there been times in your spiritual journey where you re-discover a part of yourself you forgot? Have their been times where you have re-discovered a part of God you forgot? What was that like?
    Leader’s Note: Invite people to tell their stories. 

Read 2 Kings 22:11-23:3.

  1. What do you find surprising/interesting in this passage? Why?
  2. Josiah is concerned about God’s anger. Why would God be angry with them? What was so important about all the story of Israel?
  3. What do you think of Huldah’s message to Josiah? Is it gracious? It is challenging?
  4. How are the stories we tell ourselves important for guiding how we live out our faith?

 

Diving Deeper: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

Read 2 Kings 23:4-30.

  1. What do you find surprising about Josiah’s actions?
  2. Look at verses 24-5. This is quite a statement about a king. Why do you think his story enabled him to win this sort of epithat?
  3. Why do you think God refuses to save Israel from it’s immanent destruction even after Josiah does what he does? Is their still value in what Josiah does?
    Leader’s Note: Manasseh allowed the open worship of foreign gods in Judah and he openly persecuted God’s prophets.

Helpful Resources

Josiah’s Reform – Overview from Spectrum Magazine

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