Second Kings picks up the history of the Divided Hebrew Kingdom where 1 Kings left off. The progressive decline of the Northern Kingdom was unbroken by any hint of revival, ending with its conquest by Assyria in 722 B.C. The Southern Kingdom, Judah, survived the Assyrian threat, but it too deteriorated spiritually and was finally crushed by the Babylonians in 586 B.C. Second Kings again features stories of God’s prophets and their relationships with the rulers of the two kingdoms. Most prominent among the prophets are Elijah and Elisha, while godly kings responsible for Judah’s preservation include Joash, Hezekiah, and Josiah.
OUTLINE OF CONTENTS
|I.||Elijah and Elisha||2 Kings 1:1–8:15|
|II.||Israel’s Decline||2 Kings 8:16–17:41|
|III.||Judah and Assyria||2 Kings 18–23|
|IV.||Judah and Babylon||2 Kings 24–25|