In this 10-session study, you will examine the history Israel and Judah’s kings, gleaning important lessons about leadership and faithfulness.
Getting the Most Out of 1 & 2 Kings
This section introduces the topic, explains the structure followed in each study, and offers tips for those approaching the study on their own as well as those participating in a group.
Solomon: Praying with God’s Values
Solomon’s prayer in 1 Kings 3:6–9 reveals a lot about his mindset during this stage of his life, giving us a glimpse into his attitude toward himself, his job, and God.
1 Kings 3
Solomon: Faithless in Love
Though he’d initially sought a life of godly wisdom, Solomon was negatively impacted by his wealth and power, disobeying God’s regulations and marrying women who served other gods.
1 Kings 11
Jeroboam and Rehoboam
In this passage, we see the outbreak of war in Israel. It was not only a war of politics—it was also, at least at the outset, a war of faith.
1 Kings 12
There are many paths by which we can become deaf to God. Ahab’s life (and death) warns us against such a route.
1 Kings 22:1–40
When Judah and Israel went to war, King Ahaz sought help in the wrong place.
2 Kings 16
King Hoshea was Israel’s last king, ruling until the nation was conquered by Assyria. Israel’s defeat was tied to God’s punishment for their idolatry and unfaithfulness.
2 Kings 17
As he faced danger, threats, and taunts, Hezekiah, king of Judah, turned to God in prayer.
2 Kings 19:9–20:21
Manasseh, Hezekiah’s son, did not follow in his father’s footsteps. Under his rule, the nation returned to idolatry and the worship of false gods.
2 Kings 21:1–26
Josiah, Manasseh’s grandson, began his rule at eight years old. He instituted spiritual reforms, seeking to honor God’s laws.
2 Kings 22:1–23:30
King Zedekiah’s did evil in the eyes of the Lord and under his rule, Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians.
2 Kings 24:1–25:21
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Carolyn Nystrom has written more than eighty books, Bible study guides, and children’s titles. In addition to actively serving in her church, she has been a foster parent, an elementary school teacher, the stated clerk of her Evangelical Presbyterian Church presbytery, and a book editor.