As a group, read the following Scriptures, and then discuss the questions below.
- Genesis 18:16-33
- 2 Kings 20:1-6
- Do you think it’s okay to “bargain” with God? Why or why not?
- How would you compare or contrast these two examples of bargaining with God?
- Do you think it’s possible to change God’s mind through these types of prayers? Why or why not?
- If you continue reading in Genesis 19, you learn that Lot was saved with his two daughters. But shortly afterwards, Lot got drunk, and his daughters slept with him. From these incestuous acts, the nations of Moab and Ammon were created. These two nations became a thorn in the side of Israel, waging war with them and leading their people into idolatry. Do you think Abraham would have bargained for Lot if he had known what the outcome would be? Why or why not?
- If you keep reading in 2 Kings 20 (verses 12-18), you learn that after Hezekiah recovered, he welcomed emissaries from Babylon and showed them all the treasures of his kingdom. Isaiah tells Hezekiah that his pride has caused the future downfall of Israel and that all these treasures will be carried away to Babylon. Hezekiah lived 15 more years, and during that time, he fathered Manasseh, who reigned 55 years and undid almost all the good work his father had done. He led Israel into idolatry and “shed so much innocent blood that he filled Jerusalem from end to end…” (2 Kings 21:1-18) If Hezekiah had known the final outcome of his bargaining, do you think he would still have done it to gain 15 more years of life? Why or why not?
- Back to the first question…Do you think it’s okay to “bargain” with God? Why or why not?