Welcome to Week 15!
Welcome to week 15! As a reminder – if you have questions, feel free to reach out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or messaging a pastor on Facebook.
The Place in the Story
Second Kings continues the saga of disobedience begun in 1 Kings, opening about 850 b.c. with the conclusion of Elijah’s prophetic ministry in Israel and the beginning of the work of his successor, Elisha. Israel spiraled downward in faithlessness, ultimately being defeated and dispersed by the Assyrians in 722. Judah, the southern kingdom, had several kings who trusted God and attempted reforms. But after many years of God’s warnings through Isaiah and other prophets, Judah’s sins were punished by Babylonian conquest starting in 605 and ultimately in the fall of Jerusalem in 586. The people were exiled to Babylon for seventy years, as prophesied by Jeremiah (Jer. 29:10). God remained faithful to his covenant despite his people’s faithlessness. The author of 2 Kings is unknown. Borrowed from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016).
This Week’s Reading
- April 9: 1 Kings 20-22, Psalm 99
- April 10: 2 Kings 1-3, Psalm 100
- April 11: 2 Kings 4-7, Psalm 101
- April 12: 2 Kings 8-11, Psalm 102
- April 13: 2 Kings 12-14, Psalm 103
- April 14: 2 Kings 15-17, Psalm 104
- April 15: 2 Kings 18-19, Psalm 105