The Book of 1 Kings begins with the latter days of David’s life and presents the reign of Solomon as Israel’s third king. Solomon’s reign as king is highlighted by the construction of the temple in Jerusalem. His rule began with great power and wealth, but it ended in dishonor. Marrying foreign women led to his demise and eventually contributed to the downfall of God’s people.
The Book of 2 Kings continues with the account of Israel’s disobedience to God. Elijah’s prophetic ministry draws to a close and Elisha’s ministry begins. Israel’s downward spiral and unfaithfulness to God led to her defeat by the Assyrians. God used the Babylonians to punish His people, which ultimately led to the destruction of the temple and the city of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.