2 Kings 11-20: A reminder for Isaiah

I’m reposting these together today because the events of Isaiah, which is the next book we’re going to get into, take place during the same timeframe as these stories of kings and I had to do quite a bit of review to place everything together after having been so long on to other things. If you recall, we did 2 Kings a year ago. Chapter … Continue reading 2 Kings 11-20: A reminder for Isaiah

2 Kings 21-25: Not enough

Some strides were made in the last set of chapters and even some here, but none are enough to reign in God’s anger against the Jews. Unlike some of the other posts, this one is an example of extremes. When things go bad, they go really bad, and when they go good, it’s like no one has ever seen before. It’s an interesting set of kings. Chapter … Continue reading 2 Kings 21-25: Not enough

2 Kings 17-20 : A short reprieve

The king of Assyria becomes a pretty big player in this next set of chapters, but we also see Isaiah for the first time here. After  reading through these, I feel like Hezekiah is one of the more underrated Old Testament kings and his story of God’s helping is equally underrated. Chapter seventeen First, Israel falls into the hands of Assyria. Events progress and the king … Continue reading 2 Kings 17-20 : A short reprieve

2 Kings 11- 16: Continuing the sins of their fathers

While this set does open with a queen, most of the rest of this is one long succession of kings not doing better than their fathers. Chapter eleven Athaliah, one of those named mother’s of the kings, sees that her son is dead and then “destroyed all the royal family”, thus making her queen. But who is part of the royal family in this? How … Continue reading 2 Kings 11- 16: Continuing the sins of their fathers

2 Kings 1-4 : A first glance at Elisha’s double portion

Elisha takes over as the main prophet that God talks to after the ascension of Elijah. He does some interesting things in the beginning of his time as God’s go-to guy. Chapter one This book opens up with the death of Ahaziah. He falls and wants to inquire of another god about whether or not he’ll die but God and Elijah intercept those he sends … Continue reading 2 Kings 1-4 : A first glance at Elisha’s double portion

1 Kings 10-16 : A Succession of Kings

Though David was imperfect, he was always striving to do what was right by God. No one can perfectly do everything that another being wants, but he tried and he did it with love and what seemed like admiration in his heart. His successors, on the other hand, couldn’t quite keep it together. Some did love God and some tried to follow him for a … Continue reading 1 Kings 10-16 : A Succession of Kings

1 Kings 5-9 : Building the Temple

This set of chapters takes the time to walk us through the initial the process of getting materials for both the Temple and Solomon’s house (and that of his new wife), coordinating construction of the building and items to go in the building, bringing in the ark, the grand opening ceremony, and an accouting of the forced labor that was used to build it. There’s … Continue reading 1 Kings 5-9 : Building the Temple

1 Kings 1-4 : Becoming King Solomon

The road may not have been quite as windy or harrowing as David’s path to the throne, but it’s not easy either. Chapter one I’m not totally sure what these guys are thinking right here in the beginning. I mean, you’re cold so let’s go get you a girl? I almost got upset about it but the opening paragraph about getting the girl, Abishag, ends … Continue reading 1 Kings 1-4 : Becoming King Solomon