We begin by noting that our books entitled 1 and 2 Kings were originally one book, just as we saw with the Book of Samuel. The reason for this is plain enough—the break happened with the translation of the Hebrew Old Testament into Greek, and the Hebrews didn’t write down their vowels until 600 A.D. The Greek scrolls, in other words, were packed with vowels and were a lot bigger.
Summary of the Text:
These are glorious words. In this famous showdown on Mt. Carmel, the prophet Elijah won a great victory over the corrupt religion that had been introduced by Jezebel, wife of Ahab. It was a great victory, and nothing should be taken away from Elijah with regard to his faith in this cataclysmic moment. But after he had killed the priests of Baal, and he had prayed an end to the three-year drought, Jezebel threatened him, and so he ran. (Incidentally, for those interested in such things, it is possible that Jezebel was Dido’s great-aunt.) Elijah ran far from her and hid in a cave (1 Kings 19:9Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)). God asked him, “What are you doing here?” Elijah complained to the Lord, who then told him to stand on the mount “before the Lord.” God then caused an enormous wind to pass by, and then an earthquake, and after that a fire. But God was not in any of the three. Finally God came to his despondent prophet in a “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)). What this means in its fullness we will consider shortly.
Summary of the Book:
The book of Kings is grouped into seven chapters (Dorsey). We find these chapters:
The Life of Solomon (1 Kings 3-11)
The First Seven Kings of the North (1 Kings 12-16)
The Life of Elijah (1 Kings 17-2 Kings 1)
Elisha in the Omride Dynasty (2 Kings 2-8:6)
Elisha and Jehu (2 Kings 8:7-13:25Open in Logos Bible Software (if available))
The Last Seven Kings of the North (2 Kings 14-17)
The Last Seven Kings of the South (2 Kings 18-25)
We also see that many of these seven chapters themselves divide easily into seven pieces. Whether seven kings, or seven episodes in Elijah’s ministry, or 14 episodes in Elisha’s first chapter (a double portion?), the number seven is much in evidence.