Category Archives: II Kings

II Kings 25:27-30; Jeremiah 52:31-34 — Grace

And with one fell swoop, we finish two books, which happen to end with the same story.  We started II Kings way back in June of 2012, and many major and minor prophets later, we finally come to a close … Continue reading

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II Kings 25:22-26; Jeremiah 40:7-41:15 — Failing to heed the warning signs

After the fall of Jerusalem, a man named Gedaliah was named governor of the area by Nebuchadnezzar.  Gedaliah appears to be a good man, and he attempted to calm the fears of the remaining Jews and was successful.  In fact, … Continue reading

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II Kings 25:1-21; II Chronicles 36:11-21; Jeremiah 39: 1-10; Jeremiah 52 — Reasons for the fall

This is one of the few times in scripture that the same event is talked about in four different places.  Jeremiah 52 appears to be a historical appendix, however, and seems to have been added by someone other than Jeremiah.  … Continue reading

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II Kings 24:8-17; II Chronicles 36:9-10; Jeremiah 24 — God’s choice, our choice

The sovereignty of God and the free will of man is one of those things that has been a long-standing debate in the Christian world.  We see this tension in this passage, so we’ll discuss it a bit here, but … Continue reading

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II Kings 23-24; II Chronicles 36; Jeremiah 22 — To know God

The last four kings after Josiah can all be basically painted bad.  Jehoahaz (known as Shallum in Jeremiah 22), Jehoakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah all were miserable failures as kings.  We’ll take a closer look at the latter three later, but … Continue reading

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II Kings 23:29-30; II Chronicles 35:20-27 — One bad choice

Choice.  It is a gift.  And a responsibility.  Every day, we have choices in life that we face.  Some choices are mundane.  What to have for breakfast.  Whether to drive or take a bus or train to work. Other decisions … Continue reading

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II Kings 23:1-28; II Chronicles 34-35 — A superficial repentance

We now come to the beginning of the end for Judah.  Josiah was the last great king of Judah.  And on the surface, it looks like there was true repentance under his leadership.  He destroyed the false idols and altars.  … Continue reading

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II Kings 22; II Chronicles 34 — Living life without the Book

You know that things were a mess spiritually for the people of Judah when their own priests had no idea where God’s book of the Law was.  It’s utterly inconceivable to me.  How in the world could the priests teach … Continue reading

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II Kings 22:1-2; II Chronicles 34:1-8 — Cleaning out the junk

I’ll admit it.  I’m a pack rat.  I just have a tendency to keep unwanted and unneeded things around.  It’s my nature I guess. I would guess there are many people around like me.  But if there’s one thing that … Continue reading

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II Kings 21:19-25; II Chronicles 33:21-25 — Increasing our guilt

Hey!  Finally!  We’re back in the books of Kings and Chronicles…if only for a short time. The story of Amon, son of Manasseh, is very short, but not very sweet.  Like Manasseh, Amon got into all kinds of idolatries and … Continue reading

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II Kings 21:1-18; II Chronicles 33 — Never too late

“It’s too late for me son.” George Lucas called the Star Wars saga the redemption of Darth Vader.  How a young man got corrupted by evil but was eventually brought out of it through the love of his son. In … Continue reading

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II Kings 20:12-21; II Chronicles 32:24-33; Isaiah 39 — Forgetting God’s grace

It’s amazing to me that after all God had done for Hezekiah, that he still forgot God’s grace in his life.  It says in II Chronicles 32:25 But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness … Continue reading

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Isaiah 36-37; II Kings 18-19; II Chronicles 32:6-23 — Laying our problems before God

Hezekiah had finally turned his heart back to God, but it was still troubling times for the people of Judah, as Assyria was still bent on taking Jerusalem. But with his faith in God restored and perhaps taking heart from … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 32:1-5, 24-26; II Kings 20:1-11; Isaiah 38 — Humbled

Once again, a small caveat on the chronology of events:  I’m purely guessing here.  Unfortunately, the Bible doesn’t put in one book, the blow by blow events of what happened.  So all I can do is try to piece together … Continue reading

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II Kings 18:13-16; Isaiah 30-31 — Where our strength and salvation come from

It’s hard to match up the events of history to the prophesies, but I’m guessing these two passages roughly go together. The king of Assyria (Sennacharib) was on the move again, and came against Judah, mainly because Hezekiah had rebelled … Continue reading

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II Kings 18:1-12; II Chronicles 29 — Returning to God

It’s been a while since we’ve hit the history books.  Time to get back in it.  And here we run into one of the great kings of Judah, Hezekiah.  The writer of Kings says of him, There was no one … Continue reading

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II Kings 17:24-41 — Serving two (or more) masters

This passage serves as a bit of an epilogue to the end of the kingdom of Israel. After the Israelites were deported to Assyria, other people were brought in by the Assyrians to settle in the Israelite towns.  But soon, … Continue reading

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II Kings 17:1-23 — But I’m not that bad!

In this passage we come to the end of the northern kingdom of Israel.  After a succession of bad kings, it culminates with the reign of Hoshea.  The interesting thing to me is that he wasn’t the worst of the … Continue reading

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II Kings 16:10-16; II Chronicles 28:5-15; Isaiah 8-9 — A rock to stand on; a rock to stumble over.

Compromise.  It’s so easy to do, especially when it comes to our faith.  And God asks us to make a decision.  Will we stand for him?  Or give in to the pressure around us? Two prophets of God, Oded and … Continue reading

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II Kings 16; II Chronicles 28; Isaiah 7-8 — Who do you fear? Who do you trust?

As I mentioned before, when Ahaz son of Jotham took the throne in Judah, he led the people further into idolatry.  It says in Kings and Chronicles that he started making idols for worshiping the Baals and that he even … Continue reading

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II Kings 15:32-38; II Chronicles 27:1-9 — Almost perfect

In this passage, we have a very short account of the reign of King Jotham of Judah.  For the most part, he was a good king.  It says in II Chronicles, He did what was right in the eyes of … Continue reading

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II Kings 15:18-31 — Disobedience, blood, and defeat

At this point, we’ll take a brief break from Isaiah and stick up our heads to see where we are in the book of II Kings. In short, it was the beginning of the end for the northern kingdom of … Continue reading

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II Kings 15:1-7; II Chronicles 26 — Where pride leads

Like father, like son.  That’s the tale of Amaziah and Uzziah (also known as Azariah).  Both started out well, but then gave into their own pride. In Uzziah’s case, he got some godly counsel from a man named Zechariah (not … Continue reading

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II Kings 14:23-29 — The God who remains faithful though we are not

In this passage, we see yet another evil king in the history of the northern kingdom, Jeroboam II.  His life is very unique among the kings listed, in that God helped him despite the fact that he was an evil … Continue reading

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II Kings 14:1-21; II Chronicles 25 — How we respond to God’s word

Pride would be the downfall of Judah’s next two kings, Amaziah and Uzziah.  In the case of Amaziah, his problem can be summed up in II Chronicles 25:2 where it says, He did what was right in the eyes of … Continue reading

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II Kings 13:20-21 — The God who gives life

This is one of the more interesting, if short, stories that we see in scripture.  After Elisha had died and was buried, the Israelites continued to have problems with their neighbors, in this case, raiding bands from Moab. As a … Continue reading

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II Kings 13:10-25 — Respect, or wholehearted devotion?

One wonders at the relationship between Jehoash and Elisha.  Jehoash, according to this passage did evil in the eyes of the Lord and continued the idol worship of his father and the kings before him. But still, there seemed to … Continue reading

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II Kings 13:1-9 — Never too late

Jehoahaz was one of a long line of bad kings in Israel’s (that is, the northern kingdom’s) history.  Like his father Jehu, he continued the worship of the golden calves rather than serving the Lord.  As a result, God allowed … Continue reading

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II Kings 12:17-21; II Chronicles 24:14-27 — The little boy who never grew up

The little boy who never grew up.  Kind of sounds like Peter Pan, doesn’t it? It also describes Joash, unfortunately.  Raised and mentored by Jehoiada the priest, Joash served the Lord for the first part of his life.  He even … Continue reading

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II Kings 12:1-16; II Chronicles 24:1-16 — Getting our temples cleaned up

Joash, under the tutelage of Jehoiada the priest, got off to a good start.  One thing he wanted to do early in his reign was to restore the temple.  The temple had been damaged, probably during the reign of Ahaziah … Continue reading

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II Kings 11; II Chronicles 22-23 — The rightful king

One wonders what Jehoshaphat would have done if he had only seen the future.  He had made an alliance with Ahab’s family through the marriage of his son to Athaliah, Ahab’s daughter.  What would Jehoshaphat have thought if he had … Continue reading

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II Kings 9-10 — Doing the right thing (or the wrong thing) for the wrong reasons

Jehu had a mixed legacy as king of Israel.  On one hand, he fulfilled God’s will in destroying the house of Ahab, for which he was commended.  God told him that because of this, his dynasty would last four generations.  … Continue reading

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II Kings 8:25-27; II Chronicles 22:1-5 — Who to listen to?

There was an old song in the 80s that said, You’ve got to know who to, who not to listen to. They’re gonna hit you from all sides. You’ve gotta make up your mind who to, who not to listen … Continue reading

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II Kings 8-9; II Chronicles 22 — Contradictions?

One interesting thing about trying to chronologicalize the events set forth in Kings and Chronicles is that the details are not always exactly the same.  In fact, there are times when they seem downright contradictory.  The death of Ahaziah (that … Continue reading

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II Kings 8:16-24; II Chronicles 21 — Ignoring God’s warnings

I wish sometimes that the Israelites had been a bit more creative in naming their children.  It gets a little confusing to keep track of sometimes.  First you have Ahaziah, king of Israel, and Joram (short for Jehoram) his brother … Continue reading

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II Kings 8:7-14 — Nothing hidden from God

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?  That’s the age old question.  Of course, as Christians, we’d say the chicken. In the case of this story, which came first, Elisha’s prophesy of Hazael’s assension to the throne, or Hazael’s … Continue reading

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II Kings 8:1-6 — God’s perfect timing

The story here is an interesting on a couple of levels.  First, the issue of Gehazi.  The last we saw of him, he had been struck with leprosy for his deception of Naaman in chapter 5.  Now he’s seen here … Continue reading

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II Kings 6-7 — Out of patience, low on faith

The respite that the Israelites gained from the kindness they showed to the Arameans didn’t last long.  Once again, the king of Aram led another assault on Samaria, the capital of Israel, laying siege to it.  No food was coming … Continue reading

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II Kings 6:18-23 — Returning good for evil

“If I ever get my hands on him…” “You won’t know when.  You won’t know where.  But someday…” Have you ever said these things?  When we’ve been hurt, these are common thoughts to have.  But they’re not the way God … Continue reading

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II Kings 6:8-17 — Eyes that see beyond

I can’t say I read this story very often, nor do I think I’ve ever heard it preached on in Japan in the 17 years I’ve been here.  But I’ve got to say it’s probably one of my favorite stories … Continue reading

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II Kings 6:1-7 — Nothing too small

What amazes me about God is that he is concerned even with the minor details of our lives.  There is nothing that he considers too small to bring up to his attention. In this story, some of the prophets were … Continue reading

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II Kings 5 — The salvation that comes from God

As I read this passage, it reminds me of the salvation that we receive from God. First, we learn that it needs to be proclaimed in order for people to receive it.  It’s amazing to me that this girl, who … Continue reading

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II Kings 4:38-44 — The God who preserves, the God who provides

In these two short stories, we see the loving care of God. In the first, in the midst of a famine, Elisha has his servant prepare a stew for a company of prophets that were meeting with him.  But unbeknownst … Continue reading

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II Kings 4:8-36 — Giver of life, restorer of hope

The life of Elisha, in many ways, parallels that of Elijah in terms of the miracles that he performed.  At a guess, this list of miracles was noted to show that Elisha did indeed receive that double portion of Elijah’s … Continue reading

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II Kings 4:1-7 — An unpayable debt

I hate being in debt.  I don’t use my credit cared often, but when I do, I always pay it it off before the end of the month.  My only other debt is the one I owe on my house.  … Continue reading

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II Kings 3 — Doing God’s will, or our own?

Joram, king of Israel, was facing a rebellion by Moab.  After being subject to his father Ahab, the Moabites now refused to pay tribute to Israel, and so Joram allied himself with Judah and Edom to attack the Moabites. Once … Continue reading

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II Kings 2:23-25 — When we defy God’s word in our lives

This is a passage that is an uncomfortable reminder of what happens when we defy God’s word in our lives.  I’m not talking about ignorance of God’s word.  I’m talking about outright defiance. In this passage, Elisha was going up … Continue reading

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II Kings 2:19-22 — Being salt to an unproductive and dying land

This country is a swamp.  In time you will come to see that for yourself.  This country is a more terrible swamp than you can imagine.  Whenever you plant a sapling in this swamp the roots begin to rot, the … Continue reading

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II Kings 2 — Never alone

Elijah’s time had come to leave this earth and to be with God.  But before he departed, he asked Elisha, his disciple, “What can I do for you before I’m taken from you?”  And Elisha replied, “Let me inherit a … Continue reading

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II Kings 1 — A God who demands more than lip service

Ahaziah’s reign as king of Israel didn’t last long.  Two years to be exact.  And just as his father Ahab did, he worshiped Baal as well as worshiping Yahweh through the calves that Jeroboam had set up years before. But … Continue reading

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