The book of 2 Chronicles documents the historical records from Adam to the royal line after the exile. It also documents the life of King David and the important details that took place during his reign.
2 Kings describes the sequence of events that took place after Ahab’s death. Jehu proceeds to destroy Ahab’s entire family and becomes the king of Israel.
Meanwhile, Elijah is taken up to heaven and Elisha succeeds him. Elisha does many miracles. Notable among them are the widow’s oil, bringing back the Shunammite woman’s son to life and healing Naaman, an Aramean soldier.
Some time later, King Ben-Hadad of Aram laid seige to Samaria and there was a bitter famine in the land. The Lord brought deliverance to the Israelites through four lepers who found an Aramean camp with supplies.
The accounts of the kings of both Israel and Judah are documented in this book. While most of the kings were not loyal to God, some kings like Hezekiah, Joash and Josiah were faithful. During King Hezekiah’s reign, the fall of Jerusalem was predicted.
The book of 1 Kings tells the story of David’s last years as king. He anoints Solomon to succeed him and gives him instructions and advice. When Solomon becomes king, he proceeds to carry out everything David charged him to do, including building the temple of the Lord. He also builds other palaces and buildings. The Lord appears to Solomon and grants him wisdom. The kingdom under Solomon’s rule was peaceful and became known throughout the world for Solomon’s wise ruling and it’s splendor.
However, Solomon does not remain faithful to the Lord. Because of this, the kingdom of Israel was divided into two kingdoms after Solomon’s death — the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. The account of the kings of these two kingdoms is recorded in this book. Prominent among them is King Ahab and his wicked Queen Jezebel, who led the kingdom astray by Baal worship.