The Prophetess Huldah
By Scarlett Stough
To prepare for this study, please read
the women in Christ commentary The Prophetess
Huldah, II Kings 21, 22 and 23; II Chronicles 34:14-28, 33
Part I Huldah's Example
1. II Kings 21 How had Josiah's father Amon and his grandfather Manasseh provoked the Lord God of Israel to anger?
2. II Kings 21:10-15 How did God let them know that he was angry? What were the consequences God warned they would suffer?
3. II Kings 22:1-2 How is it possible that Josiah did not follow the example of his father and grandfather?
4. II Kings 22:3-10 What action did the young king take to begin restoring the worship of the Lord God?
5. II Kings 22:11, 19; II Chronicles 34:27; Deuteronomy 28 How did King Josiah respond to the Scriptures discovered hidden in the temple? Why do you think he took it seriously?
6. II Kings 22:12-20; II Chronicles 34:22-28 What was the message given to Josiah by Huldah? Do you think he was content to accept deliverance for himself while his nation suffered God's righteous judgment?
7. II Kings 23:1-3 What was the next step Josiah took to restore the worship of the Lord God to Judah?
8. II Kings 23:4; Deuteronomy 31:29 How accurate and specific was the prophecy given to Moses generations before?
9. II Kings 23:4-7 What had to be done to clean out the temple?
10. II Kings 23:8-20 How thorough was Josiah in ridding the land of places of public idol worship? Describe what he did and explain why you think it was necessary? Discuss what options people in a democracy have that can legally, morally, and ethically restore the knowledge of God when it seems to be eroding.
11. II Kings 23:24 How personal did Josiah get in attempting to rid the nation of idolatry? Who has this responsibility in a democracy? Or even under other forms of government today? Keep in mind the teachings of Jesus as well.
12. II Kings 23:21-23; II Chronicles 35:1-19; Exodus 12:23-30 What significance do you think this Passover had for King Josiah?
13. II Chronicles 34:33 What was the effect of Josiah's reform, at least temporarily?
Part II Listen to Moses and the Prophets
1a. Luke 16:27-31; Deuteronomy 18:18-19; Acts 3:17-26 Who is the Prophet who brings God's message to people today? Has the message changed?
1b. I Kings 13; Deuteronomy 18:19-22; Matthew 7:15-23; Matthew 16:6-12 How important is it to listen and obey God's message? Should the teachings of religious leaders be given equal credibility with the inspired word of God?
2. I Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:18-20; Ephesians 2:21-22 Where is God's temple today? Is your temple clean? Be specific, at least between you and God.
3. Ephesians 5:25-27, 32 King Josiah and the priests cleaned out the temple in Judah. Who is the King and Priest who cleans out God's temple today?
4. I Corinthians 5:1-13 Who else has responsibility for cleaning out God's temple?
5. Ephesians 4:17-24 What is your personal responsibility to clean God's temple?
6a. Ephesians 5:8-12; Matthew 15:11; Mark 7:1-23 What comparison do you see between the defilement of the temple in Judah and allowing the temple of the Holy Spirit to be defiled?
6b. John 2:13-22 What does this action of Jesus tell you about his zeal for cleaning out the temple?
7. II Corinthians 7:8-13; II Kings 22:11, 19; II Kings 23:26-27 What is the difference between “Godly sorrow” and “worldly sorrow?” In what way did King Josiah exhibit true repentance? Do you think Judah as a whole exhibited true repentance? Explain.
8. Acts 3:19, 26 How can you exhibit true repentance? Is there anything you need to clean out of your temple?
Part III Turn to God
1. Deuteronomy 4:32-35, 39; Acts 4:11-12 Why is God so insistent that we depend only on him?
2. Deuteronomy 4:15-20, 23-28 Why is God so insistent that we stop creating gods out of the materials that God the Creator has made? How does using idols for worship affect the perception the idolater has of God?
3. Deuteronomy 4:29-31; 35-40; Deuteronomy 5:6-15; Matthew 5:17-20; I John 5:1-5 How does worship of the Lord God, belief in Jesus Christ, and obedience to God's commands work together to clean the temple of the Holy Spirit?
4. John 5:14-47; Deuteronomy 18:18-19 Did Jesus fulfill the requirements of the prophet spoken of by Moses? In what ways? What did Jesus say about listening to the words of Moses?
5a. Deuteronomy 30:15, 20 How does Jesus also challenge us to “choose life?”
5b. John 5:39-40; Galatians 2:15-21; Hebrews 8:8; Deuteronomy 5:29 Why can't the Scriptures or the Law of God produce life?
6. Deuteronomy 30:6-10; Acts 15:1, 7-11 Did circumcision ever turn a person back to God? Do you know what purpose this practice had? What does God mean by circumcising the heart? How do you purify your heart?
7. Acts 15:10; Deuteronomy 29:9; Deuteronomy 30:11-14 Did God give instructions that are too difficult to follow? How can you reconcile Acts 15:10 with the words of Jesus and Moses?
8. Malachi 1:1-13; 3:14 How does God feel about calling his words (Matthew 4:4) “contemptible” or a “burden?”
9. Malachi 2:7-9 What is a religious teacher's responsibility? What happens when that isn't done?
10. Malachi 3:1, 6-7, 16-18; 4:4-6; Luke 1:17; Romans 11:1-2; 11-21 Does God have a double standard - one for the natural born Israelite and a different one for people of other nations?
11. Deuteronomy 5:22; Galatians 3:19-25 If God didn't add anything to the Ten Commandments at Horeb, what is it that God added because of transgressions?
12. Matthew 7:21-23 Does Jesus have a different standard than his Father does?
13: Romans 5:20-6:1-10; Galatians 4:21; Galatians 5; James 2:20-24; II Peter 3:14-16 Is Paul at odds with Moses, Jesus, Peter, and James? What is Paul struggling to get Christians to understand?
14. II Peter 3:2, 11-15, 17-18 What kind of people ought Christians to be? In what ways should we be a purified temple?
15. II Peter 1:1-11 How does listening
to what the Lord says, relying upon Jesus for salvation (deliverance from
sin and death) and turning back to God enable Christians to “participate
in the divine nature” and “escape the corruption in the world?”