Author: Probably Jeremiah
Theme: Sin Brings Discipline
- 2 Kings records the longest reign of any earthly king, fifty-five years for King Manasseh (21:1).
- 2 Kings references the only naturally bald man in Scripture, Elisha (2:23).
- 2 Kings records one of only two people in the Bible who did not die, Elijah (2:11; see also Enoch in Gen. 5).
- 2 Kings records the account of the only woman who ever ruled Judah, a wicked and murderous woman named Athaliah (ch. 11).
- During the period of 2 Kings, the following prophets all prophesied: Amos, Hosea, Obadiah, Joel, Isaiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, and Jeremiah.
- 2 Kings records two of the three bodily resurrections found in the Old Testament (4:34–35; 13:20–21).
- Half of 2 Kings deals with the life and ministry of just one man, Elisha the prophet.
- In 2 Kings, we read that a king “did evil in the sight of the Lord” twenty-one times, and only eight times do we read that any king “did what was right in the sight of the Lord.”
- 2 Kings covers a time period of about 270 years, or more than twice the period of time in 1 Kings.
- 2 Kings records the two instances in which God parted the waters of the Jordan River. There is not a single instance of failure recorded in the ministry of Elisha.
- In 2 Kings 19–20, the prophet Isaiah is referred to some thirteen times.
As Elijah’s mighty works were very much the glory of the former book, towards the latter end of it, so were Elisha’s the glory of this one, towards the beginning of it. These prophets out-shone their princes; and therefore, as far as they go, the history shall be accounted for in them. — Matthew Henry
In the days when Josiah carried out his reformation, the book of the Law was found. Mark the significance of this fact that it had to be found! Moreover, its teaching so astonished Josiah that he halted in the middle of his work to enquire from the prophetess Huldah. The people had so forgotten the law of their God that, when it was found, they were absolutely unfamiliar with it. — G. Campbell Morgan
The second book of Kings has been much more extensively confirmed and illustrated through recent research than any other book of the Old Testament. This is due to the fact that the annals of Assyria and of Babylon, covering the same period of 2 Kings, have been so largely recovered . . . could there be any fuller proof of reliability? — John Urquhart
When Elijah prepared to depart for heaven in 2 Kings, his servant and succeeding prophet, Elisha, asked that a double portion of his spirit be upon him (2:9). As it turned out, Elisha did indeed perform twice as many miracles as his mentor, Elijah. The only other person in Scripture who did more miracles than Elisha was Jesus!
Christ can be found in 2 Kings as:
The Only Perfect King
Man of God
Word of God