Today we begin the book of 1 Kings. 1 Kings and 2 Kings together chronicle the history of Israel’s monarchs. The books cover 400 years of history, beginning with Solomon’s ascent to the throne in place of his father David (in approximately 971 B.C.) and ending with the Babylonians’ invasion of Jerusalem and the release of Judah’s king Jehoiachin from prison (in approximately 560 B.C.) 1 Kings and 2 Kings contain some powerful life lessons and leadership insights for us today.