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Standing in The Faith - 2017-08-26 12:00:00
Warning About False Teaching - 2017-08-25 12:00:00
How to Identify False Teachers - 2017-08-24 12:00:00
Liberty Does Not Give License - 2017-08-23 12:00:00
Live Expecting The Lord’s Return - 2017-08-22 12:00:00
Without Repentance People Perish - 2017-08-21 12:00:00
Warns The Believers of Scoffers - 2017-08-20 12:00:00
You Are a Slave of What Controls You - 2017-08-19 12:00:00
The Depravity of False Teachers - 2017-08-18 12:00:00
The Doom of False Teachers - 2017-08-17 12:00:00
Judgment is Coming to False Teachers - 2017-08-17 12:00:00
A Light Shines Brighter in Darkness - 2017-08-16 12:00:00
Needing to Know Basic Bible Doctrine - 2017-08-15 12:00:00
Our Faith Must Become a Part of What We Do - 2017-08-14 12:00:00
God Supplies The Power to Live For Christ - 2017-08-13 12:00:00
Paul’s Opportunity to Preach in Rome - 2017-08-12 12:00:00
The Urgency of Giving the Gospel To the World - 2017-08-12 12:00:00
Crisis Averted–God’s Will for Paul is Evident - 2017-08-11 12:00:00
Paul–Steadfast to God’s Purpose For His Life - 2017-08-11 12:00:00
Peer Pressure Adds to the Present Peril - 2017-08-10 12:00:00
Peace In the Midst of The Storm - 2017-08-09 12:00:00
Paul’s Advice – Initially Rejected - 2017-08-08 12:00:00
Paul’s Purpose Changed to God’s Purpose - 2017-08-07 12:00:00
God’s Truth Brings Conviction to Agippa’s Heart - 2017-08-07 12:00:00
Paul to Agrippa–Honesty is the Best Policy - 2017-08-06 12:00:00
Festus Consults Agrippa for a Second Opinion - 2017-08-05 12:00:00
Paul’s Opportunity to Face Agrippa & Company - 2017-08-05 12:00:00
Paul’s Roman Trial–Festus Hears False Accusations - 2017-08-04 12:00:00
Concern from Paul’s Friends & Foes - 2017-08-03 12:00:00
Paul’s Defense Before Felix - 2017-08-02 12:00:00
Paul’s Response vs. Reaction to Charges - 2017-08-02 12:00:00
God’s Timing is Very Evident to Paul - 2017-08-01 12:00:00
A Plot to Kill Paul - 2017-07-31 12:00:00
Comfort In Times of Trial - 2017-07-30 12:00:00
Respect is Always Appropriate - 2017-07-30 12:00:00
The Jewish Crowd’s Prejudice Against Gentiles - 2017-07-29 12:00:00
Paul–A Roman Citizen - 2017-07-29 12:00:00
Paul Defense of His Heritage and Ministry - 2017-07-28 12:00:00
Paul’s Salvation Testimony - 2017-07-28 12:00:00
Boldness At the Barracks - 2017-07-27 12:00:00
Disaster is the End Result of Compromise - 2017-07-27 12:00:00
Compromise Recommended but Refuted - 2017-07-26 12:00:00
Paul’s Determination & Warning from Agabus - 2017-07-25 12:00:00
Paul Warned By the Christians - 2017-07-25 12:00:00
Paul Shares About Giving - 2017-07-24 12:00:00
Paul’s Warning to the Ephesian Elders - 2017-07-24 12:00:00
Paul–An Example of Faithfulness - 2017-07-23 12:00:00
Paul’s Determination To Go To Jerusalem - 2017-07-23 12:00:00
When, Where, How & How Long to Worship - 2017-07-22 12:00:00
Discipleship Despite Difficulties - 2017-07-22 12:00:00
Results of Religious Greed - 2017-07-21 12:00:00
Beware of Cult Practices - 2017-07-20 12:00:00
Miracles Performed by Paul for Authentication - 2017-07-19 12:00:00
The Holy Spirit is a Person - 2017-07-19 12:00:00
Tactfulness–Words That Work Mightily - 2017-07-18 12:00:00
God Works His Will in His Servants - 2017-07-18 12:00:00
Paul Adapts to His Audience - 2017-07-17 12:00:00
Paul’s Roman Citizenship On Trial - 2017-07-17 12:00:00
Religion ... Ridicule ... Results - 2017-07-16 12:00:00
Obstacles that Hinder the Work of the Lord - 2017-07-15 12:00:00
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An outline for the book:

  1. Chapters 1-17 record the history of Israel’s corruption as it was led by bad kings from Ahaziah to Hosea. All but one of its nine dynasties were created by murdering the previous king. This dark period was interrupted only by Elijah and Elisha.
  2. Chapters 18-25 trace the history of Judah, and because of exemplary faith and reforms, God not only spared Jerusalem from Assyria but also brought them a measure of prosperity. However, Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh, was so idolatrous that his long reign led to the downfall of Judah. Even Josiah’s latter reforms could not stem the tide of evil, and the four kings who follow him were very wicked. Judah finally collapsed, resulting in the Babylonian exile.

II Kings - Spiritual Climate Determines Economic Conditions

  • II Kings continues with the happenings and destinies of the two kingdoms (Israel and Judah) that began in I Kings. Israel was captured and dispersed by the Assyrians, while Judah was placed in exile in Babylonia. The kingdoms were divided in IKings but they were dissolved in IIKings.
  • It is not certain who wrote this book, but according to ancient Jewish tradition, Jeremiah did. Originally it was written to preserve the history of Israel and Judah for the Jews living in exile in Babylon. It appears that the author wanted his readers to learn the lessons of history, reminding them of the consequences of unfaithfulness to God.
  • The books of Kings were originally one book but were split into two in the third century by those who translated the Old Testament into Greek. IIKings covers over two hundred years from the ministry of Elisha under Ahaziah, king of Israel, and Jehoram, king of Judah, to the fall of the kingdom of Judah.
  • In this book we read of evil rulers, rampant idolatry, and a complacent population that was going in a downward spiral. Despite the pressure to conform, to turn from the Lord, and to serve only self, a minority of people moved the opposite direction, toward God. The Bethel prophets and others, as well as two righteous kings, spoke God’s word and stood for Him.
  • The author systematically traced the reigning monarchs of both Israel and Judah. Judah lasted 136 years longer than Israel did. Eight of Judah’s twenty kings had godly ways while Israel had nineteen consecutive evil kings, and they never broke away from Jeroboam’s idolatrous calf worship.
  • During these years, God sent His prophets Elijah, Elisha, Amos, and Hosea into the northern kingdom, and Obadiah, Joel, Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, Zephaniah, Jeremiah, and Habakkuk into the southern kingdom. We see how the spiritual climate of the nation determined both its political and economic conditions.
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