Looking back at Kings

Kings was not what I expected, after all the others. It had a way of contributing to the progression of the story without actually being a part of the story. Except that this is where Solomon has the first temple built. Most of the rest of it is a succession of the kings without a... Continue Reading →

Reflections on 2 Chronicles

Much like I mentioned back in the Reflection post on 1 Chronicles, this is primarily a rehash of  those events, this time without the inclusion of the kings of Israel alongside the kings of Judah. The women mentioned in this book are also in both 1 Kings and 2 Kings and you can find them... Continue Reading →

2 Chronicles 29-36: Into ruins

While this set of chapters start off well with a few kings who do the right thing, they're eventually succeeded by a set who do all the wrong things and get so bad that God allows Nebuchadnezzar to come in and take them all away and destroy everything. But as with the rest of the... Continue Reading →

2 Chronicles 21-28 : A Slow Decline

  This set of chapter repeats and embellishes upon events between 1 Kings 16 and 2 Kings 16. They present a slow decline from Jehoram to Ahaz. Chapter twenty one Jehoram is the first king of Judah to not follow David's example as a king. He leads them into "whoredom" as he was led by... Continue Reading →

2 Chronicles 10-16: Rehoboam, Abijah, and Asa

2 Chronicles carries on recounting or simply giving a parallel account of what happened in 1 Kings but it's not as straightforward as the last few. There are some extras in some chapters and other things that are glossed over or not mentioned at all, like the kings of Israel. Yep, the split happens in... Continue Reading →

2 Kings 21-25: Not enough

Some strides were made in the last set of chapters and even some here, but none are enough to reign in God's anger against the Jews. Unlike some of the other posts, this one is an example of extremes. When things go bad, they go really bad, and when they go good, it's like no one has... Continue Reading →

2 Kings 17-20 : A short reprieve

The king of Assyria becomes a pretty big player in this next set of chapters, but we also see Isaiah for the first time here. After  reading through these, I feel like Hezekiah is one of the more underrated Old Testament kings and his story of God's helping is equally underrated. Chapter seventeen First, Israel falls... Continue Reading →

2 Kings 5-10: Dealings with Syria

Yep, Syria. Not all is bad with Syria but things do take a turn. Chapter five This chapter revolves around the leprosy of Naaman and Elisha healing him, even though he's Syrian. It seems fairly straightforward. But then a servant of Elisha's, Gehazi, deceives Naaman. He tells him that Elisha sent him to collect the... Continue Reading →

Reflections of 1 Kings

1 Kings was not what I expected, after all the others. It had a way of contributing to the progression of the story without actually being a part of the story. Except that this is where Solomon has the first temple built. Most of the rest of it is a succession of the kings without... Continue Reading →

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