This Week’s Readings
Monday, June 11: 2 Kings 1-5
Tuesday, June 12: 2 Kings 6-10
Wednesday, June 13: 2 Kings 11-15
Thursday, June 14: 2 Kings 16-20
Friday, June 14: 2 Kings 21-25
Next week we will read Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.
The overall year’s plan is here.
2 Kings 11
Athaliah is the only queen to reign over Judah or Israel. She reigned for six years.
She had to kill all her grandchildren to do so. The fact that she was so easily overthrown with no one to stand by her suggests that she as evil a queen as she was a grandmother.
The Carites that Jehoiada called upon were probably the same as the Cherethites, who were David’s palace guard.
The fact that Joash became king at seven lets us know that Jehoiada was making all the royal decisions for several years until Joash at least became a teenager.
2 Kings 12
Jehoash did right only as long as Jehoiada was advising him. But despite the fact that Jehoiada gave righteous advice, he was apparently plagued by the same problems a lot of modern religious organizations are plagued by. He and the other priests were unable to account for money in the building fund!
Despite doing right while Jehoiada advised him (and we’re not told what wrong he did afterward), Joash did not turn to the Lord when he was attacked by the king of Aram. Instead, he gave away Judah’s wealth and the wealth of the house of the Lord to buy him off.
It’s strange that the king of Aram was attacking Gath. Aram was on the other side of the Jordan, to the north near the sea of Galilee, while Gath was a Philistine city, near the Mediterranean coast west of Jerusalem.
Finally Jehoash is assassinated, though his son still managed to keep the throne.
2 Kings 13
I heard a sermon once on the prophecy of Elisha to Jehoash. The teacher talked about the importance of zeal in our obedience to God. Jehoash gave a half-hearted response to the prophet’s command to beat the floor with arrows, and so he got partial results rather than everything God had for him.
2 Kings 14
The prophet Jonah mentioned in this chapter is the same one that was swallowed by the great fish and taken to Nineveh. Though the king was evil, it appears that occasionally God would deliver Israel because of the righteousness of the prophet or prophets who spoke to Israel and because of his promises to the fathers of Israel (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and David).
2 Kings 15
This chapter details all the assassinations and turning over of the throne that happened in the northern kingdom during that time.
The city of Tiphsah that Menahem attacked was far north, on the Euphrates river. He must have made some real progress in expanding Israel because Tiphsah is north even of Syria and its capitol, Damascus.
The Uzziah that is mentioned is Azariah.
Pekah, the son of Remaliah, and Rezin of Aram (v. 37) are talked about in Isaiah chapter 7 as well. There God gives a prophecy that he would deliver Judah from these two kings in the time of Ahaz. That prophecy is a dual prophecy, applying in Ahaz’ time, but also applying to the virgin birth of Jesus Christ as well. We will talk more about dual prophecies when we get there, though we discussed this some when we went through Genesis as well.