Kings is much more than mere history, it’s more like a “preached history” or a sermon on history that addresses deep rooted sins and deep rooted needs that the people of Israel experienced and that everyone of us have or are currently experiencing as well. The book is written to the people of Judah who are in exile and who are wondering if there is more to the story then their ending being in a foreign land under foreign rule. The overriding message of the book of Kings is that salvation for God’s people won’t be found in wisdom, or prophets or priests, or the temple, or even the torah. Salvation is found only in our true King-King Jesus.
Part 1 - Is There More To Life Than This?
1 Kings 1:1-4
This sermon introduces the series on Kings by considering the purpose for which 1 & 2 Kings was written. It seeks to give an historical setting and the foundation for the rest of the series.
Part 2 - We Don't Need More Pretenders
1 Kings 1:5-2:12
Adonijah, one of the sons of David, sets himself up to be the King of Israel. However he was a pretender who constantly sought to take short-cuts. This passage reminds us that, in God’s kingdom, we don’t need more pretenders.
Part 3 - Choose Wisdom Every Time
1 Kings 3:1-28
King Solomon’s wisdom reminds us that we need to follow the wisdom of the true King. This wisdom enables us to look back and learn from our past, as well as look forward and believe that we are cared for by our King.
Part 4 - Temple Theology
1 Kings 8:22-53
The way that the temple was used in redemptive history is a reminder of how easy it is for religion to become hollow, or for ritual to replace a relationship with God.
Part 5 - Fools Can't Stop A Sovereign God
1 Kings 12:1-24
There are times in our lives when we make a mess and create spiritual chaos. On occasions like this God will step in and shake us up because our foolishness cannot stop the sovereignty of God.
Part 6 - We All Have Bad Days
1 Kings 19:1-21
Elijah was a spiritual giant, and yet he had his days of disappointment and discouragement. God gently restores Elijah and, in doing so, we are reminded that God never fails us.
Part 7 - Why Is The Old Testament So Violent?
2 Kings 9:1-10:35
Jehu's action seem to condone violence against an unfaithful enemy … how do we understand this?
Part 8 - Don't Lower the Standard
2 Kings 14:1-22
The standard of Judah began to subside as the kings stopped comparing themselves to David. You can’t make people more faithful by lowering the standard of faith.
Part 9 - The Last King of Israel
2 Kings 17:1-23
A focus on Hoshea, the last king of Israel, makes us realise what the theological problem was which lead to the demise of the Northern Kingdom – they just wanted to be like everyone else.
Part 10 - The Straw That Broke The Camels Back
2 Kings 21:1-18
By focusing on king Manasseh we realise that there comes a point when God says enough is enough, but that does not mean we are beyond God’s grace.
Part 11 - Too Little Too Late
2 Kings 23:1-25
Josiah sought to be faithful to the covenant even though he knew it would not change anything – in the face of opposition we are called to continued faithfulness.
Part 12 - In The End There Is Hope
2 Kings 25:1-30
When we look at the last chapter of the book of Kings we are taught that God does not leave his people without hope; he continues to bring renewal and repentance, even in places that are most unlikely.