2 Kings 24-25; Psalms 79, 137; Proverbs 18

The final chapters of Second Kings verify the word the LORD spoke through Moses and Joshua (cf. Deut 28.58-68; Josh 24.19-24).  Their negative appraisal was confirmed despite the late-day reforms of Josiah.  After Josiah’s death at the hands of Pharaoh Neco of Egypt (2 Kgs 23.29), his son Jehoahaz reigned … Continue reading

2 Kings 17; Proverbs 16

God had promised His people His blessing in His land, but they had rejected the covenant (cf. Gen 12.1-3; 15.1-21; Deuteronomy 28-30).  What Tiglath-peleser king of Assyria had begun during the reign of Pekah, when he “came and captured Ijon, Abel-beth-maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, and Galilee—all the land of … Continue reading

2 Kings 14-16; Psalm 75

These scenes of Israel’s history record the extent of God’s sovereignty over Israel, Judah, and the surrounding contemporary powers.  On the plains of Moab, Moses had promised the people that if they obeyed the LORD in the land of promise, He would establish them there as His special people—but if … Continue reading

2 Kings 11-13; Psalm 74

The record of the divided kingdom records that, on the whole, the leaders of Judah were more faithful than their contemporaries in the north.  Second Kings 11-13 presents the same; after the removal of Athaliah, the mother of the assassinated Ahaziah (who made herself ruler in Judah), Joash ruled faithfully … Continue reading

2 Kings 8-10; Proverbs 15

These chapters present with increasing clarity the slow deterioration of Israel and Judah.  The failure of God’s people was declared by the prophets—who were often enabled to see the future with great specificity.   This was both a blessing and a burden; because of it Elisha was able to protect the … Continue reading

2 Kings 1-3; Proverbs 14

The initial scenes of 2 Kings display the relationship between the non-writing prophets and the kings of Israel and Judah.  While there were transitions in rulers and prophets, God’s zeal to be known and glorified did not fade—and all who hoped in Him were not found wanting.  The writer of … Continue reading