1 Kings begins with a portrait of the king we’re all longing for and ends in disaster. Power un-checked and un-submitted to the Lord breeds injustice and corruption. The nation of Israel splits into the Divided Kingdom and we are left longing for the King who will rule justly, mercifully, perfectly.
The book of 2 Samuel takes place at about the mid-way point in the timeline between Abraham and Jesus Christ.
It’s here that we come to know David, the man after God’s own heart, whose reign is mired by his great failures – and redeemed by God’s great graciousness to him.