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.
Um … oops. I’m supposed to have a blog up this morning. I’ve been moving back into my home in Selmer, TN, and now I’m moving back into my job at the warehouse and my job as a homeschooling father. I just forgot and taught a "Life Prep" class last night instead of doing this blog.
I’ll put it up chapter by chapter as I get it done. I just give you what I think God is giving me to give, so I’m never sure how long one of these will take.
The Bible’s the more important read anyway, especially now that you’ve got some foundation in it.
Does anyone look up the references I give when I refer to other Scriptures in my commentary? Those are like the stitching that holds the Book together. Scripture’s commentary on Scripture can be really amazing if someone shows you the references.
2 Kings 21
Manasseh was very evil, and that is all that is recorded in this chapter. 2 Chronicles 33 reports, however, that he was captured by the Assyrians at one point, repented, and was restored to his throne, where he began to serve the Lord, getting rid of the idols in Jerusalem.
The prayer of Manasseh is famous, though I’m sure no one knows if it’s genuine or not. It was put at the end of 2 Chronicles in the Latin Vulgate by Jerome. You can read about the prayer of Manasseh and read a couple translations of it at EarlyJewishWritings.com.
Manasseh reigned 55 years. It has always been interesting to me that an evil king reigned longer than any other king. Perhaps it was because of his repentance at some point in his life. In fact, perhaps his repentance happened late in life. Peter tells us that God is patient, giving time for everyone possible to come to repentance because he wants everyone to be saved (2 Pet. 3:9).
2 Kings 22
There is no telling how long the book of the Law had been shut up in the temple. It seems likely that it was only since Hezekiah’s reign, since Hezekiah was a diligent follower of Yahweh. Further, Isaiah was a prophet during Hezekiah’s reign, and Isaiah makes some clear references to the Law:
To the Law and to the Testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:20)
This is a rebellious people, lying children, who will not listen to the Law of the Lord. (Isaiah 30:9)
2 Kings 23
In this chapter we see that the repentance of Manasseh could only have been a mild one. God is still intending to judge Israel for Manasseh’s sins, and Josiah had to remove altars that had Manasseh had put in the court of the Lord (v. 12). Manasseh hadn’t removed them himself.
The Jeremiah that was the maternal grandfather of Jehoahaz was not Jeremiah the prophet. Jeremiah was prophesying during the reign of the sons of Josiah, and he mentions Jeremiah of Libnah as the grandfather of Jehoahaz, too (Jer. 52:1). Two different Jeremiah’s.
2 Kings 24
Jehoiachin came out of Jerusalem to surrender after being besieged by the Babylonians. In surrendering, he probably hoped to secure more favor from Nebuchadnezzar, perhaps even keeping his reign as Nebuchadnezzar’s vassal. It didn’t work, though the king of Babylon did not kill him. He was taken prisoner, and his uncle was installed in his place.
His uncle is also listed as the son of Hamutal the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah because he was Johoahaz’ brother (and thus Jehoiakim’s brother, too).
Also, when it says that Jehoiachin was taken captive in the eighth year of "his" reign, it means Nebuchadnezzar’s reign. Jehoiachin only reigned three months. Historically, the timing is correct that this was the eighth year of Nebuchadenezzar’s reign, though for some of those years he was co-regent with his father.
2 Kings 25
This is the account of the final destruction of Jerusalem. When we get to the prophet Jeremiah there will be a more detail because he was there for all of it. His perspective of these events is very interesting. Verse 11 mentions "the deserters" who "deserted" to the king of Babylon. Jeremiah was encouraging everyone to desert, promising them in the name of the Lord that this would spare their lives and and that they would eventually return to Jerusalem. This made Zedekiah, who was in rebellion against Nebuchadnezzar, very angry.
More about that in a few weeks.
Zedekiah failed because the Lord was not with him. It’s not a good idea to take on other armies and great forces without God on your side.