Daily Bible reading schedule

Outline of 1 and 2 Kings

First and Second Kings are written in the form of historical narrative. It summarizes the careers of each king by stating their name, what kingdom they ruled (Israel or Judah), the date of their accession to the throne, the length of their reign, a summary of their religious and political policies, the details of their death, and the name of their successor.

However, the authors are as much theologians as they are historians and do not provide every historical detail. Their intention is to interpret the history of Israel along theological lines, showing what happens when political and spiritual leaders foolishly choose to worship false gods or wisely choose to worship the true God. 

1 Kings

  1. The reign of King Solomon (1:1-11:43)
  2. The Kingdom is Divided (12:1-14:31)
  3. Abijam and Asa (15:1-24)
  4. From Nadab to Ahab (15:25-16:34)
  5. Elijah and Ahab (17:1-22:40)
  6. Jehoshaphat and Ahaziah (22:41-53)

2 Kings

  1. The Death of Ahaziah (1:1-18)
  2. Elisha and Israel (2:1-10:36)
  3. Joash (11:1-12:21)
  4. Jehoahaz and Jehoash (13:1-25)
  5. Amaziah Jeroboam II, and Azariah (14:1-15:7)
  6. Israel's Last Days (15:8-31)
  7. Jotham and Ahaz (15:32-16:20)
  8. The End of Israel (17:1-41)
  9. Hezekiah (18:1-20:21)
  10. Manasseh and Amon (21:1-26)
  11. Josiah (22:1-23:30)
  12. The End of Judah (23:31-25:30)

The History of Salvation in 1 & 2 Samuel

The books maintain that it is the all-good and all-powerful God who controls both nature and history. He is the one who oversaw the destruction of his chosen city and temple as well as the exile to Babylon because of Israel's great sinfulness (2 Kings 17:7-23). Yet there remains hope because God's chosen royal line has not come to an end (2 Kings 25:27-30), and God remains ready to forgive those who are repentant (1 Kings 8:22-61).