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Intro to II Kings

Continuing in the attempt to read the bible chronologically, we are now ready for II Kings and the remainder of II Chronicles. These will be spread out over the corresponding events in the major and minor prophets of each leader.

Ryrie Study Bible

  • I and II Kings were originally 1 book. If I remember correctly, the Jews still treat them as one book; but I'm not sure about that.
  • The content follows the kings of Israel and Judah from Solomon to the Babylonian captivity.
  • Jewish tradition says that Jeremiah is the author, although he would have used historical source materials and could not have written the end as he was in Egypt.
  • The purpose was to show that kings who aligned themselves with God prospered and those who did evil didn't end well.
  • II Kings, specifically, covers the decline and captivity of both Israel and Judah, as well as the actions of their prophets.

Wiersbe Commentary

  • We are all unique and distinct; but the world wants us to conform.
  • Modern Christians seem to be indistinguishable from non-believers.
  • Conformity starts with small slips and it's a powerful draw; but ends in destruction.

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