Quick Intro to 2 Kings

2 Kings starts with Elijah passing his mantle to Elisha, who performs signs and miracles of grace for the Northern kingdom of Israel. It describes the Northern kingdom’s house of Ahab being destroyed by Jehu, who did God’s will in the destruction, but who also fell to idolatry. It contains the acts of Jeroboam II, who was the greatest of all kings of the northern kingdom. But idolatry could not be taught out of the kingdom and eventually Assyria comes and completely carries away the northern kingdom. They never recover their kingship. The southern kingdom of Judah has a series of kings, some good some evil. The good of Uzziah, Hezekiah, and Josiah do not outweigh the evil of Ahaz and Manasseh. Eventually, the southern kingdom is besieged by Babylon and carried away to captivity in Babylon for 70 years.

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