The text for this lesson is 2 Kings 12:1–16.

Key Point

  • Because the temple was the place of God’s faithful dealings with His people, Joash, his workers, and their donors dealt faithfully in repairing it.
  • Law: Too often we fail to bring God the first and best of our treasure—sometimes because we disagree with how it is being used.
  • Gospel: God did not withhold His own Son, but freely gave Him up for us.

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Discussion Points

  1. Examine 2 Kings 11:17–12:16. How does Joash follow the lead of the priest Jehoiada in renewing the covenant between God and his people?
  2. Why was it important to Joash to have repairs made to the temple?
  3. What did Joash use to pay for the repair work?
  4. God blesses us with the opportunity to support the ministry of His Word by offering money to the Lord through the church. Sometimes, we do not give our offering very willingly, for different reasons. Sometimes, it’s a low priority for us. We might want to buy things for ourselves, or we might disagree with how the money is spent at church. What offering was given for us, freely and willingly?
  5. What is the best reason to give offerings to God?
  6. Read the Seventh Commandment and meaning. What are other ways we are guilty of breaking this Commandment, besides just taking something that does not belong to us?
  7. How did God work through the humans in the Bible story to deal faithfully with His people?

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