2 Kings 17:6-8 The northern kingdom goes into exile
2 Kings 25:8-11 The southern kingdom goes into exile
How Kings ends is
The purpose of Kings
a. The situation in exile
b. The situation after the exile... Ezra 1:1-4
Nehemiah 4:3, 6
So why was a book all about kings written?
c. The type of literature 1 Kings 15:23
The message of the prophets is not, “Israel has sinned; therefore, Israel needs to get its act together or it will die.” The message is, “Israel has sinned, therefore, Israel must die and its only hope is to entrust itself to a God who will give it new life on the far side of death.” Or even, “Israel has sinned; Israel is already dead. Cling to the God who can raise the dead.”1
What was the mistake of the monarchy?
God’s good gifts to people fail...
The purpose of Kings is:
What vital thing haven’t we mentioned for some time?
C. ROYAL BIBLE OVERVIEW: ISAIAH - MALACHI
11 'For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and make them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice. 17 'As for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will judge between one sheep and another, and between rams and goats...See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away. 22 I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between one sheep and another. 23 I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend them; he will tend them and be their shepherd. 24 I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I the LORD have spoken. 25 'I will make a covenant of peace with them and rid the land of wild beasts so that they may live in the desert and sleep in the forests in safety. 26 I will bless them and the places surrounding my hill. I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.27 The trees of the field will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure in their land. They will know that I am the LORD, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them. 28 They will no longer be plundered by the nations, nor will wild animals devour them. They will live in safety, and no-one will make them afraid. 29 I will provide for them a land renowned for its crops, and they will no longer be victims of famine in the land or bear the scorn of the nations. 30 Then they will know that I, the LORD their God, am with them and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Sovereign LORD. 31You my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, are people, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign LORD.'
Highlight what God is going to do.
What promises will God fulfil?
Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey – yes fulfilling Zechariah, but that’s also what Solomon did on his way to be crowned.
1 Kings 3:28
Jesus’ teaching brings astonishment as Solomon’s did.
1 Kings 10
Jesus is king over the world – all authority has been given to him.
2. The king bringing the kingdom... Mark 1:15
3. ...by dying Mark 8:31
4. ...and rising
5. ...and ascending Acts 2:33-35
6. Life in King Jesus’ kingdom now The overlap of the ages
7. The Return of King Jesus Philippians 2:9-11
See also 2 Tim 2:12; Romans 5:17
E. CONCLUSION: HOW TO READ KINGS
Why read Kings?
See also Luke 24:25-27; John 5:37-47; Acts 3:24; 10:43. (Also: Acts 3:18, 21; 7:52; 8:28-30; 13:27, 40-41; 26:22; 28:25).
2 Corinthians 1:20
2 Timothy 3:15-17
“Story-telling is as old as the world. Human beings...have always told stories...Believers too have told stories since the dawn of time. Israel lived by telling and re-telling the story begun between God and his people.”2