2 Kings - Introduction

The Book of 2 Kings takes up where 1 Kings left off, after Ahab's death, and goes up to the time Israel falls to Assyria and Judah falls to Babylon.

The first events in 2 Kings deal with Elijah and the miraculous wonders God performed. The king of Samaria sent a captain and fifty of his men to bring Elijah to him. When the captain ordered Elijah to come down from the top of a hill, Elijah responded, ''If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!' Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men” (1:10). The king sent a second captain and his men and they were also consumed by fire from heaven.

Chapter 2 tells of an event that takes place only once in the Bible. Elisha and Elijah were walking along when suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah was taken up into heaven in a whirlwind (2:11).

The chapter continues with Elisha inheriting a double portion of the Spirit that had been on Elijah. God began to work through His prophet Elisha and perform many miracles. The story of the 'Widow's Oil” in chapter 4 shows us that God can meet all our needs if we have faith. God filled so many jars with oil that the widow was able to sell the oil and pay all her debts (4:7).

You will want to read about the Shunammite's son being restored to life, the feeding of one hundred and Naaman's healing from leprosy.

In chapter 6 some prophets were enlarging their meeting place. They went down to the Jordan River to cut poles. One of the axheads came loose and fell into the water. The man who had been using the ax was worried because it had been borrowed. Elisha cut a stick and threw it in the water, and the iron axhead began to float!

Notice all the different kings listed in chapters 8 through 24. Although we do not have time to cover them here, reading their stories will be very beneficial to you.

The last chapter of 2 Kings, chapter 25, tells the story of the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon. Notice that God is very exact about the months and the days. Zedekiah was the king of Judah and Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar camped outside the city for two years before he laid siege to it. He allowed no food to come into the city. Eventually the famine became so severe that there was no food for the people to eat. Finally Nebuchadnezzar's troops broke through the wall and took the city.

Be sure to read the entire book carefully, and then fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.

2 Kings Worksheet
Warren Simmons

The first events in 2 Kings deal with the prophet ______ and the wonders God performed.
When the king of Samaria sent a captain and fifty of his men to bring Elijah to him, ____ fell from heaven and ________ the captain and his men (1:10). This happened ___ times (1:12)!
Elisha and Elijah were walking along when suddenly a chariot of ____ and horses of ____ appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah was taken up into heaven in a _________ (2:11).
Elisha inherited a ______ portion of the Spirit that had been on ______ (2:9-13).
The story of the 'Widow's ___” shows us that God can meet all our needs if we have _____ (4:1-7).
God filled so many jars with oil that the widow was able to ____ the oil and pay all her _____ (4:7).
Some prophets were enlarging their meeting place, and one of the axheads fell into the _____ (6:5).
Elisha cut a stick and threw it in the _____, and the iron axhead began to _____ (6:6)!
God sent ______ and ________ of fire to protect Elisha and struck his enemies blind (6:17-18).
King Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of _____ when God healed him and added _______ years to his life (20:1-7).
________, the king of Judah, 'did evil in the eyes of the LORD” (24:18-19).
King ______________ of Babylon and his army marched against Jerusalem and camped outside the city for ___ years until there was no food left for the people to eat (25:1-3).
When King ________ fled the city, the Babylonian army took him captive to Babylon (25:4-7).
They ______ the Temple and every important building and broke down the city's _____ (25:8-10).
The people who remained in the city were carried into _____ (25:11).
Only some of the _______ people were left behind to work the vineyards and fields (25:12).

Memory Verse: 'Many seek an audience with a ruler, but it is from the LORD that man gets justice” (Proverbs 29:26).

2 Kings
Go to the Word

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

    2 Kings 17:18    2 Kings 16:17    2 Kings 5:4    2 Kings 3:6
    2 Kings 21:19    2 Kings 18:5      2 Kings 7:3    2 Kings 4:4

'Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like            2 Kings ______
him among all the kings of _____, either before him or after him.”

''Then go ______ and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil            2 Kings ______
into all the ____, and as each one is filled, put it to one side.'”

'Now there were four men with _______ at the entrance of the city gate.            2 Kings ______
They said to each other, 'Why stay here until we ___?'”

'Amon was ______-___ years old when he became king, and he reigned         2 Kings ______
in Jerusalem two years.”

'______ went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had                2 Kings ______
said.”

'So at that time King _____ set out from Samaria and mobilized all                    2 Kings ______
______.”

'King Ahaz took away the side ______ and removed the basins from                2 Kings ______
the movable stands.”

'So the LORD was very _____ with Israel and removed them from his 2 Kings ______
presence. Only the tribe of Judah was left.”