• William T. Howe Ph.D.

April 29, 2021

Daily Reading: II Kings 23-25

II Kings 24:10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.

Knowing that most readers of these short devotions neither have the time nor the inclination to study such things, let me help. That is why I am here, to study things of the Bible to help you in your fast paced work a day world. That said, if you are reading all of the daily reading assignments you just finished reading the book of II Kings. This book at times can be confusing, yet it is an exciting read filled with intrigue, treachery, turncoats, faithfulness, wickedness, and boldness. While reading there were things happening between the pages of which you were probably not aware. I thought the outline below may give you some perspective of the importance of the time period that this book covers.

II Kings begins somewhere around 870 B.C. and ends around 561 B.C. It covers about 300 years of the history of Israel and Judah. Bible scholars sometimes call this time period, "The Divided Kingdom Age". During this time, the events of the following books also took place.

All of Isaiah

The first 49 of the 52 chapters of Jeremiah

All of Lamentations

All of Ezekiel

Daniel chapters 1-3

All of Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and all of Zephaniah.

In totality this means that the historical story of the Old Testament is basically written. I and II Chronicles is a review of that which took place in the books of the Kings. Kings being basically written during the time of the captivity and Chronicles being written after the captivity was over. Other Old Testament books such as Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi deal with the events of the "Restoration".

Interestingly, the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi, was written about 397 B.C. This places its writing about 160 years after the end of II Kings. Between Malachi and Matthew there are basically 400 silent years with no divine revelation from God or historical narratives.

The 300 years that II Kings covers are vitally important to understand God's cause for His "bill of divorce" of Israel as mentioned in Jeremiah 3:8. As well as being a warning for all today.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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