“There is a theory that the same group of priests that edited Moses’ sermons into Deuteronomy edited Kings. Nevertheless, there is a fundamental difference between the two books. Deuteronomy presents the lessons history teaches us (“Learn from your parents’ mistakes in Egypt and in the wilderness!”), while the books of Kings are much more concerned about the covenant and how closely the king and people followed it. The author’s purpose is not to present a complete history of Israel but to emphasize certain events to support a specific interpretation of that history. He wanted to show how the kings led the nations to obedience to the Mosaic Law or, more frequently, led them away from obedience and how God dealt with the nation and individuals as a result. He selected events and details that were relevant to that purpose. The books of Kings are the author’s reflection on the history of the monarchy. The human king of a theocracy had responsibilities laid out in Deuteronomy. The author is concerned to show how it worked out, in accordance with the blessings and curses of Deuteronomy. The author uses the principles that obedience brings blessing and disobedience brings disaster, and that God is active in the judging of individuals and nations based on the covenant as his criteria for evaluation of the kings of Israel and Judah. In 1 Kings 2:3, the Deuteronomic ideal for a king is given as one who is unswervingly loyal to God and His Word. The author of 1 and 2 Kings evaluated Israel’s rulers against this ideal.” (HCSB)

1 Kings 1:52-53, “Then Solomon said, “If he is a man of character, then not a single hair of his will fall to the ground, but if evil is found in him, then he dies. So King Solomon sent for him, and they took him down form the altar. He came and paid homage to King Solomon, and Solomon said to him, “Go to your home.” The term “character” is literally “son of strength,” specifically, a great warrior. Solomon was referring to the warrior virtues of loyalty, honor, and obedience.

Solomon prays in 1 Kings 3:7-9, “LORD my God, You have now made Your servant king in my father David’s place. Yet I am just a youth with no experience in leadership. Your servant is among Your people You have chosen, a people too numerous to be numbered or counted. So give Your servant an obedient heart to judge Your people and to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” “A youth” was an exaggeration. Solomon meant he was inexperienced. God has a tendency to use ordinary people in extraordinary ways, which is why He chose Solomon.

God responded to Solomon in 1 Kings 3:12-14, “I will therefore do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has never been anyone like you before and never will be again. In addition, I will give you what you did not ask for: both riches and honor, so that no man in any kingdom will be your equal during your entire life. If you walk in My ways and keep My statutes and commandments just as your father David did, I will give you a long life.” Jesus enunciated a similar principle in Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” Later on, we read that God fulfilled His promises (as always) to Solomon. In 1 Kings 3:28, “All Israel heard about the judgment the king had given, and they stood in awe of the king because they saw that God’s wisdom was in him to carry out justice. In 1 Kings 7:1, We read that Solomon spent nearly twice as long on his own palace than he did on the Lord’s temple. The juxtaposition of this verse with the previous was a statement by the author about Solomon’s priorities.

1 Kings 9:3, “The LORD said to him: I have heard your prayer and petition you have made before Me. I have consecrated this temple you have built, to put My name there forever; My eyes and My heart will be there at all times.” When I contemplate on the significance this verse has today, my heart rejoices. The body of a Christian believer is a temple and when two or more people meet, a church is formed. This verse in 1 Kings provides deeper insight on the fact that God is always with us and lives within us when we accept and acknowledge Him as Father and His Son as Lord and Savior.

When Solomon died, his son Rehoboam took his father’s place as king and asked his father’s advisors on how to treat the Israelites. 1 Kings 12:7, “They replied, “Today if you will be a servant to these people and serve them, and if you respond to them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever.” This verse is a wise ethic to anyone in authority and was conveyed when Jesus was with His disciples. Jesus stated that although He is the Son of God, He came to this earth to serve and not to be served. The best way to be respected is to respect others, and there is no better way to show respect, than by going out of your way to do something to show that you care. Rehoboam also consulted with the people he grew up with in 1 Kings 12:10-11, “Then the young men who had grown up with him told him, “This is what you should say to these people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you, make it lighter on us!’ This is what you should tell them: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins! Although my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with barbed whips.’ Because Rehoboam listened to his peers, the result of this is found in 1 Kings 12:18-19, “King Rehoboam managed to get into the chariot and flee to Jerusalem. Israel is in rebellion against the house of David until today.” From this, we learn that even though there is nothing wrong with getting opinions from our peers, it is always best to use discernment and make the wisest choice.

Another example of servitude is found in 1 Kings 17:13-14, “Then Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid; go and do as you have said. Only make me a small loaf from it and bring it out to me, Afterwards, you may make some for yourself and your son, for this is what the LORD God of Israel says: ‘The flour jar will not become empty and the oil jug will not run dry until the day the LORD sends rain on the surface of the land.” The widow had faith and served Elijah first, then God provided for her and her son. It is also interesting to note that Zarephath was located in Phoenicia, the heart and home of Baal worship and Jezebel’s home. The story of Elijah and the widow demonstrates the Lord’s sovereignty over Phoenicia as well as His grace and mercy even to Phoenician idolaters. The woman was a Phoenician and a witness to the Lord’s provision for her needs.

1 Kings 19:7-8, “Then the angel of the LORD returned a second time and touched him. He said, “Get up and eat, or the journey will be too much for you.” So he got up, ate, and drank. Then on the strength from that food, he walked 40 days and 40 nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.” After reading this verse, I instantly thought of the fact that man does not live on bread and water alone, but the Word of God. Instead of commenting on this verse, I believe Third Day’s song has everything I would have said and more:

1 Kings 19:11-12, “Then He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the LORD’s presence.” At that moment, the LORD passed by. A great and mighty wind was tearing at the mountains and was shattering cliffs before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there was a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire there was a voice, a soft whisper.” These verses provide a reminder that in this world of chaos, if we were to be still and listen in the silence, we will hear Him talk and comfort us.

In regards to 1 Kings 19:21, Elisha demonstrated his commitment to his new calling by destroying the means of his former livelihood. Behold, God makes all things new, He wipes away ours sins and makes us white as snow. It is our job as Christians to destroy the sinful life that we live before we accepted Christ into our lives and follow Him. Yes, we will make mistakes, but they will be forgiven as long as we keep God first in our lives.

1 Kings 22:7-8, “But Jehoshaphat asked, “Isn’t there a prophet of Yahweh here any more? Let’s ask him.” The king of Israel said to Hehoshaphat, “There is still one man who can ask the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies good about me, but only disaster. He is Micaiah son of Imlah.” 1 Kings 22:16, “But the king said to him, “How many times must I make you swear not to tell me anything but the truth in the name of the LORD?” While the “lying spirit” spoke through the prophets, the Lord clearly laid out the truth and Ahab had a choice whom to believe. God is truth and cannot lie. He does permit lying spirits to deceive those who will not believe the truth. From the verses we learn that even though the truth can hurt sometimes, it is important that we know what it is and to make the right choices from it.

2 Kings 17:13, “Still, the LORD warned Israel and Judah through every prophet and every seer, saying, “Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments and statutes according to all the law I commanded your ancestors and sent to you through My servants the prophets.” In 2 Kings 17:15, “They pursued worthless idols and became worthless themselves…” We as human beings do as we see more so than we do as we are told. We manipulate those we are around the most. When we follow worthless objects, we will feel worthless ourselves and as a result, can go into deep depression and have outbursts of anger because we will not know how to control our emotions. But, if we follow God, will live a full-filled contented life with knowledge of how to act and the right support to keep us going.

2 Kings 20:1 “In those days Hezekiah became terminally ill. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz came and said to him, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Put your affairs in order, for you are about to die; you will not recover.’” This earthly life is short, and it is important to keep our priorities in check.
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“The book of 2 Kings ends on a positive although bittersweet note. Not all is lost, for God’s promises still remain. If we learn anything at all from the history of Israel’s kings, it is that idolatry brings disaster, and obedience to God’s law brings hope.” (HCSB)