The following assignments include various learning activities, such as questions, lists, essays, charts, comparisons, contrasts, and surveys. To receive credit for this lesson, you must complete the number of assignments indicated below and submit them to your institute instructor or administrator. You may submit your work either electronically or on paper, handwritten or typed.
Each lesson should take approximately 60–90 minutes to complete, the same amount of time you would typically spend in a weekly institute class. Since reading the scripture block listed in the lesson heading is expected of all institute students prior to class, the estimated time for each assignment does not include the time you need to spend reading the scripture block.
Complete either assignment 1 or 4 and any two of the other assignments:
1. 2 Kings 4–5. Elisha Administered the Blessings of the Lord
Read 2 Kings 4 and compare it to the references below from the life of Christ. Write the scripture references from 2 Kings 4 next to the corresponding references in the New Testament. Briefly explain in writing how each experience is similar:
Carefully read the full account of Elisha and Naaman in 2 Kings 5:1–15. Outline the story. List all of the people mentioned in the recorded story. By each name briefly describe how their faith and attitude positively or negatively affected the outcome. Then answer the following questions:
- Read 1 Nephi 17:41. What happened to Israel in the wilderness? How does the principle found in Alma 37:6–7 apply to both Naaman and the children of Israel? How is the story of Naaman an example of the principle found in these scriptures?
- What are simple behaviors and practices we have been counseled to do by our leaders that some might think are unnecessary, senseless, or too simple to make a real difference?
- What part did pride play in Naaman’s initial refusal?
- What did Elisha want Naaman to understand? What did Naaman testify of after his healing?
- What truths from this story can you apply in your life?
Read 2 Kings 5:15–27 and the institute student manual commentary for 2 Kings 5:15–16, 20–26, “Why Did Elisha Refuse Gifts from Naaman?” (pp. 75–76). Then write a few sentences describing Gehazi’s sin and answer the following questions:
- Why do you think Elisha refused a temporal blessing from Naaman?
- What lesson do you think Elisha was trying to teach Gehazi?
2. 2 Kings 6–7. Trust the Prophet
Read 2 Kings 6 and the student manual commentary for 2 Kings 6:8–23, “The Lord’s Host” (p. 76). Mark important verses or phrases. Consider the following situations and choose one that you wish to respond to. As you write, consider principles from 2 Kings 6 and the student manual that could help in the situation:
- Could anything like this happen to you? How? (see Hebrews 1:13–14; D&C 84:88; 109:22).
- You are on a full-time mission and there is much opposition to your work. Almost no members live in the area, and it seems that nearly everyone you talk to is against the Church.
- A person at your employment or school doesn’t like you and is often unkind to you. In a rare opportunity, you have the chance to get back at him or her.
- You want to keep the standards of the Church, but doing so is difficult because you are one of only a few Church members in your area.
Read 2 Kings 7. This account is an example of the Lord fighting battles for his people. Imagine you are giving a talk on 2 Kings 7 and need to use three other scriptures from the standard works in your talk to make the point to trust in the prophet. What scriptures would you choose? (see Topical Guide, “God to Fight Our Battles,” 183; “Prophets, Rejection of,” 398; triple combination index, “Trust,” 377). List them and briefly describe why.
3. 2 Kings 8–17. Rebellion and Bondage
Read the chapter headings from 2 Kings 8–17 and make a list describing the kingdoms of Israel and Judah during this time period. From your list, circle the words and phrases you think are also descriptive of the same events in the lives of people and nations in our day.
Through the prophet Nephi, the Lord said that He had never destroyed a group of people, save it were foretold them by the prophets (see 2 Nephi 25:9). Using the Topical Guide or the Guide to the Scriptures, find five scriptures that affirm this truth.
When the Lord first gave the Israelites their promised land, He gave them some warnings. Summarize in writing the prophecy of the Lord to Israel in Deuteronomy 4:24–28. In what ways was that prophecy being fulfilled in 2 Kings 17; 18:11–12?
Read Deuteronomy 4:29–31 and summarize the promise the Lord made to the people and their descendants who were scattered.
Read 1 Kings 12:21; 2 Chronicles 11:14, 16; 15:9. Make a list of other groups in addition to the tribe of Judah (see 2 Kings 17:18) who lived in the kingdom of Judah and were also saved from Assyrian bondage.
4. 2 Kings 18–20. The Righteous Example of Hezekiah
In 2 Kings 18–20 we read of a time in history when Assyria conquered the northern kingdom of Israel. At this same time Hezekiah became king of the southern kingdom of Judah. He led the people toward increased righteousness, but they still feared the Assyrian armies. The Lord tested their righteousness. Read the following scripture passages and write a brief statement about how each of them could be seen as a test for the people. Answer the questions connected to each scripture reference:
- 2 Kings 18:19–35; Isaiah 36:12–20. What was Rab-shakeh’s goal with Hezekiah’s servants?
- 2 Kings 19:1–5; Isaiah 37:1–5. What was Hezekiah’s reaction? Whom did he seek and where? How might you better follow this pattern?
- 2 Kings 19:6–7. Under what authority did Isaiah respond to Hezekiah’s plea?
- 2 Kings 19:14–19; Isaiah 37:14–20. What impresses you about Hezekiah’s prayer? What was the desire of his heart?
- 2 Kings 19:20–37; Isaiah 37:29–36; 2 Chronicles 32:20–23; student manual commentary for 2 Kings 19, “Hezekiah Prayed for Deliverance and Isaiah Brought the Lord’s Answer” (p. 128). What are the key points in Isaiah’s response to Hezekiah, and how did the Lord keep His promise? When have you been delivered by the Lord from a difficult situation?
- 2 Chronicles 29:1–11, 15–16, 22–24; 30:5–9, 20; 31:5; 32:7–8. The events in these verses took place before Assyria threatened the southern kingdom of Judah. How did Hezekiah prepare his people spiritually and physically for their deliverance? What lessons can we learn from what they did?
5. 2 Kings 24–25. Judah Taken Captive by Babylon
Read the chapter summaries for 2 Kings 21–23, and read 2 Kings 23:31–32, 36–37. Write a few sentences describing the condition of the kingdom of Judah. According to 2 Kings 23:27, what is the danger of being in this condition? Read 2 Kings 24; 2 Kings 25:1–11 and the student manual commentary for 2 Kings 25:1–7, “Zedekiah Learned That the Prophets Speak the Truth” (p. 216); commentary for 2 Kings 25:18–26, “Were All the Jews Killed or Carried Away into Captivity?” (p. 216). Summarize what happened to the kingdom of Judah. Explain in writing how 1 Nephi 1:4; Omni 1:15 relate to 2 Kings 24–25. What other people (not mentioned in the Bible) were living in Jerusalem just before these events?