1&2 Kings: The word of Yahweh

I’d have never thought of turning to the books of Kings for a meditation on the efficacy of the word of the Lord, but it’s all over the place. Dozens of times the author of Kings points out that something happened “according to the word of the Lord…”. Sometimes the fulfilment occurred on the same day, other times it took centuries.

Going through this theme brought to mind a couple of scripture passages: Amos 3:7 and Isaiah 41:21-23 (I trust you’re intelligent people and can decipher them for yourselves 🙂 )

The following list will likely mean nothing to you unless you’re familiar with the storyline of 1&2 Kings. I’d suggest keeping this post handy until your next immersion in Kings, and let me know if I left out anything!

(The items are arranged in order of fulfilment.)

Spokesperson Pronouncement Fulfilment
A man of God God would cut off Eli’s descendants from serving Him at the altar (1 Samuel 2:31-33) Solomon removes Abiathar, Eli’s great-great grandson, from the priesthood (1 Kings 2:27)
Moses God would give Israel rest (Deuteronomy 12:10) Solomon blesses God for having given Israel rest (1 Kings 8:56)
Ahijah the Shilonite God would tear the kingdom out of Solomon’s hand and give 10 tribes to Jeroboam son of Nebat (1 Kings 11:29-36) Rehoboam son of Solomon doesn’t listen to the people’s request and they rebel against him (1 Kings 12:15-17)
A man of God from Judah The altar at Bethel would be torn down and the ashes on it poured out (1 Kings 13:3) The altar was torn down and the ashes poured out (1 Kings 13:5)
Prophet from Bethel Because the man of God from Judah had disobeyed the word of the Lord, he would not be buried in his ancestral tomb (1 Kings 13:21-22) The man of God from Judah was killed by a lion and buried in a tomb at Bethel (1 Kings 13:24-32)
Ahijah the Shilonite King Jeroboam’s sick son would die and be mourned for (1 Kings 14:12-13) The child died, was buried and mourned for (1 Kings 14:17-18)
Ahijah the Shilonite King Jeroboam’s dynasty would be cut off (1 Kings 14:14) Baasha son of Ahijah killed all the descendants of Jeroboam (1 Kings 15:27-30)
Jehu son of Hanani King Baasha’s dynasty would suffer the same fate as Jeroboam’s (1 Kings 16:1-4) Zimri killed all the descendants of Baasha (1 Kings 16:8-13)
Joshua son of Nun Whoever rebuilt Jericho would do so at the cost of his eldest and youngest sons (Joshua 6:26) Hiel of Bethel lost his firstborn and his youngest sons (1 Kings 16:34)
Elijah the Tishbite There would be no rain in Israel for the next few years (1 Kings 17:1) Water courses dried up (1 Kings 17:7)
Elijah the Tishbite The widow’s jar of flour and jug of oil would not be exhausted (1 Kings 17:14) The jar of flour wasn’t used up and the jug of oil didn’t run dry (1 Kings 17:16)
Elijah the Tishbite Dogs would lick up King Ahab’s blood in the same place they had licked up Naboth’s blood (1 Kings 21:19) Ahab’s chariot was washed in the pool at Samaria and dogs licked up his blood there (1 Kings 22:38)
Elijah the Tishbite Ahaziah son of Ahab would not recover from a fall and would certainly die (2 Kings 1:4, 6, 16) Ahaziah died (2 Kings 1:17)
Elisha son of Shaphat Yahweh would heal the waters of Jericho that were causing death (2 Kings 2:21) The waters were purified (2 Kings 2:22)
Elisha son of Shaphat One hundred men would eat twenty loaves of barley bread and have some left over (2 Kings 4:43) They ate and had some left over (2 Kings 4:44)
Elisha son of Shaphat Naaman would be healed of his disease after washing himself seven times in the Jordan river (2 Kings 5:10) Naaman’s skin was restored to that of a young boy after he washed (2 Kings 5:14)
Elisha son of Shaphat The following day, a seah of flour would sell for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel (2 Kings 7:1) After the end of the siege by the Arameans, a seah of flour sold for a shekel and two seahs of barley for a shekel (2 Kings 7:16)
Elisha son of Shaphat The royal official who doubted Elisha’s word above would see it, but not eat any of it (2 Kings 7:2) The official was trampled in the gateway as the people stampeded on the way to plunder the Aramean camp (2 Kings 7:17-20)
Elijah the Tishbite Dogs would devour Jezebel at Jezreel (1 Kings 21:23) All that remained of Jezebel were a few bones (2 Kings 9:30-37)
Elijah the Tishbite All of King Ahab’s descendants would be eaten by scavenging animals or birds (1 Kings 21:24) Jehu son of Nimshi killed all in Israel who were related to Ahab (2 Kings 10:1-11, 17)
Jonah son of Amittai Israel’s borders would be extended to the north and to the east (2 Kings 14:25) Israel’s borders were extended to Lebo Hamath and to the sea of the Arabah (2 Kings 14:25)
Unnamed Jehu’s descendants would sit on the throne of Israel up to the fourth generation (2 Kings 10:30) Zechariah, Jehu’s great-great grandson reigned only six months: he was assassinated (2 Kings 15:10-12)
Moses and other prophets The people of Israel would be driven out of the land if they persisted in sin (Leviticus 18:26-28, 20:22, 26:27-33; Deuteronomy 4:25-27, 28:64, etc.) The northern kingdom of Israel was carried into exile by Assyria (2 Kings 17:7-23)
The man of God from Judah A descendant of David named Josiah would burn human bones on the altar at Bethel (2 Kings 13:1-2) Josiah desecrated the altar at Bethel by burning bones on it (2 Kings 23:15-16)
Moses and other prophets The people of Judah would be destroyed if they persisted in sin (Leviticus 18:26-28, 20:22, 26:27-33; Deuteronomy 4:25-27, 28:64, etc.) The southern kingdom of Judah was destroyed by the Babylonians (2 Kings 24:2-3)
Isaiah son of Amoz All the palace treasures that Hezekiah king of Judah had shown to the emissaries from Babylon would one day be carried off to Babylon (2 Kings 20:16-18) The Babylonians carried off to Babylon all the temple and palace treasures (2 Kings 25:13-17)