A Study of the Books of 1 and 2 Kings
God has ordered His world and His kingdom to work according to wisdom. Therefore, King Solomon rightly asked for wisdom as a gift from God in order to govern the people and to help them shine like a light to the nations. But for all his wisdom, Solomon still made foolish choices. 1 and 2 Kings show that Israel suffers again and again because of its great sinfulness (2 Kings 17:7–23; 24:1–4). Yet there is still hope for the nation, because God’s chosen family of kings has not come to an end (2 Kings 25:27–30), and God remains ready to forgive those who repent (1 Kings 8:22–61).