2nd Kings provides a fast-paced narrative of insight into the history of Israel under its monarchy. This book is a continuation of the narrative begun in 1st Samuel, and continued through 2nd Samuel and 1st Kings.
Written between 561 BC and 538 BC, 2nd Kings gives us a warning about the consequences of sin, especially the catastrophic repercussions of Israel's love affair with idolatry. Despite struggling with other problems, we see that the Jewish people learned from their experience. They never made a mistake of this enormity again.
Through prophets such as Elisha and Elijah we see God's compassion for his people and the opportunity for repentance. This opportunity was spoiled by Judah, and the story climaxes with the subjugation of the kingdom by the Babylonians.
Illuminating, accessible and laced with his unique sense of humor, Davis' practical devotional expository applies events to the contemporary reader providing parallels to alert us in the 21st century.
About the Author
Dale Ralph Davis is pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Previously he was Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary. He has also written in this series on Joshua, Judges, 1st Kings, 1st Samuel, and 2nd Samuel.