2 Kings 25:1-12 – "Exile: The Chapter of Tears" – Kerry Kaino
1. What reaction(s) do you feel as you read these verses? Shock? Dismay? Sadness? Anger?
2. For the most part, the people of Judah couldn’t believe that what was happening was real. It was unreal. Surreal. It was like a bad dream they had to wake up from any moment. But it was real. In what ways have you had similar experiences?
3. Have you experienced the truth of these Scriptures … one spoken to the people of Judah in the context of their exile, and the other written to the church in Rome where life was lived under the heavy hand of the Roman empire? Explain.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
4. When you look back at the “exile-like” times in your life, what are some things you learned, what insights did you gain, and in what ways did you change? In what ways was your trust in God challenged?