2nd Kings Kingdoms in Crisis
Purpose of the Books of Kings • To Answer the Question: “How did we get here?” • To Give a Warning of the Consequences of Sin. • To show our need for the ultimate King of Righteousness
Dan ISRAEL Samaria Penuel Shechem Bethel JUDAH
JUDAH ASA Jehoshaphat Ahaziah Joram Athaliah Jehoram Ahaziah Joash SIDON ISRAEL Ethbaal (Itto-Baal) OMRI Jezebel Ahab
• Nineveh • Jerusalem
Assyrian Terror Tactics
2 Kings 17:6 In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Samaria and carried Israel away into exile to Assyria. and settled them in Halah and Habor, on the river of Gozarx and in the cities of the Medes.
2 Kings 17:7-8 Now this came about, because the sons of Israel had sinned against the Lord their God, who had brought them up from the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and their had feared other gods 8 and walked in the customs of the nations whom the Lord had driven out before the sons of Israel, and in the customs of the kings of Israel which they had introduced.
Hezekiah’s Reformation • Religious Reform • Envoys from Merodach-Baladan • Revolt against Assyria • Hezekiah’s Tunnel
2 Kings 19:35-36 Then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out, and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home, and lived at Nineveh.
Taylor Prism “As for Hezekiah, the Jew, who did not submit to my yoke, 46 of his strong walled cities, as well as the small cities in their neighborhood, which were without number, by escalade and bringing up siege engines... Himself, like a caged bird, I shut up in Jerusalem, his royal city.
Reform under Josiah • Religious Reform • Fall of Assyria
Scythians Carchemish Medes Assyria Megiddo Babylon EGYPT
And he burned the house of the LORD, the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every great house he burned with fire. (2 Kings 25:9).