2 Kings
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2 Kings

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Like a good detective, let's examine this book.

πŸ”₯ Overview

2 Kings is the continuation of what began in 1 Kings. We can see the continual downward spiral of the nation of Israel. As they continue to fall further from God, the judgment of God increases.

πŸ” Things to Notice

  • The continual downward spiral.
  • The occasional holy king.

πŸ™ Jesus in this Book

(Every book reveals the glory of God, displayed in Christ Jesus)

  • Jesus is a "new Jehu," a final avenger against the powers of darkness.

πŸ‘€ Themes

  • Decline.
  • Division.
  • Remnant.
  • Choose whom you will serve.
  • Your History Tells a Story but Not the Whole Story (God is also there and He can make a new future.)

πŸ˜€ Who?

Who wrote it? The authors of Kings are unknown.

Who is the original audience? The nation of Israel and Judah.

πŸͺ§ Where?

Where are we? All events in Israel.

⏳ When?

When was it written: Written: 560-540 BC. The time frame talked about: 970-586 BC.

πŸ€” What?

What is the big idea? The book of 2 Kings is the second part of a big book simply called "Kings." Originally, 1 and 2 Kings were written together. In this divinely inspired historical document, we watch the nation of Israel slowly fall into disobedience and idolatry. It can be hard to read at times, but there is also something beautiful. Even in their darkest moments, God has not given up on the nation of Israel.

🧐 Why?

Why is this book important?
From Chuck Swindoll, "Second Kings teaches an important life lesson: actions have consequences. β€œRepent! Sin will incur judgment,” God warned in effect through the prophets. Israel and Judah learned the hard way that God means what He says. How will we learn? Consider your heart. Is it hard, resistant to God’s call? Or can you acknowledge your sin and turn back to Him?"

πŸ“ How?

How can I apply it?: Notice that the decline of Israel did not happen overnight. (...with the exception of the split between kingdoms.) The decline came over time. But, judgment will come at some point. Be careful never to let life get that far.


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