1 and 2 Kings were originally one book. They cover events from about 970 B.C. to 561 B.C. 2 Kings covers events from the mid 850’s B.C. to 561 B.C. In 1 Kings the splitting of the kingdom was a historic event in the life of Israel, but now in 2 Kings we will see both Israel and Judah taken into exile. There are many lessons to learn from 2 Kings. We see bad leaders, how nations decay, and how good leaders can help bring a nation up. But we also see the great truth that, even as bad as the situation is for God’s people, there is still hope. Naaman was a great man, but he was a leper. He came to Elisha for healing. Naaman helps us to see that all men, no matter how great they may be, if they are still in their sins nothing else really matters. As Naaman obeyed the command to wash and was made clean, so must we obey God’s command to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation. Miracles happened in the Bible and we must believe them, but did they happen as often as we think? Do they happen today more than we realize? We must believe God’s Word no matter what. His Word is always right. We must trust in the Lord.