July 13, 2021
2 KINGS 6-10
DAY 192: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
The prophet Elisha continues to share God’s word with Israel, as God continues judgment on Israel and Judah’s Baal worshiping kings.
Ask God for His understanding of 2 Kings 6-10. Read 2 Kings 6-10. Let’s journey!
The books of First and Second Kings were originally written as one text that tells the story of the kings of Israel, continuing on where we left off in 2 Samuel, with King David and his son Solomon, soon to be king. Ultimately, it is a history of the decline of the kingdom of Israel, as they move away from the Lord. The author of the book of Kings, provides a judgement on the rule of each king, based on their worship of the Lord God and the keeping of the covenant Israel made with God. Throughout the book of Kings, we also see that prophets are raised up in an attempt to steer Israel and its kings back on the path of following the Lord.
2 Kings 6-10: Elisha continues his prophetic work throughout these chapters while the prophecies of Elijah are coming to pass. Jehu is anointed king of Israel. He kills Joram, King of Israel, taking his throne. He also Kills King Ahaziah of Judah, however, does not claim the throne of Judah as his. Jehu’s mission is to remove Baal worship from Israel and kill Jezebel which he did. He served as King of Israel for 28 years however, he did not serve the Lord with all his heart. (2 Kings 6:1-10:36)
After reading today’s reading, consider the following: What kings were present in today’s reading? Were they good or bad? How do you know? What lesson can be learning, or what warning can be taken from study of these kings? What warnings, if any, were given by prophets? How can understanding the fall of Israel help us today in the way that we view authority figures?
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