- Why was Saul’s attempt to exterminate the Gibeonites wrong?
How was David careful not to make the same mistake?
Do we stand by our word? Cf. Ps. 15:4c.
- There was a law that those who were hanged were to be buried the same day.
What was the reason for this law?
Cf. Deut. 21:23.
How does it explain the exception that is made here?
- What significance is there in the fact giants troubled David right to the end of his life?
Note. Verse 19. Cf. 1 Chr. 20:5 which seems to have preserved more accurately the original text.
- Why did David not make an immediate re-entry into the capital?
How does his attitude contrast with that of Saul and other leaders in the same mould?
See 1 Sam. 8:10-18.
- What qualities in David stand stand out in his treatment of:
(b) Mephibosheth, and
What can be learnt from the attitude of each of these men to David?
Note. Verse 11. The fact that Absalom’s rebellion centred in Hebron (15:7-12) shows how deeply the tribe of Judah was implicated in it.
- What is laudable in the actions recorded here of:
(a) Joab and
(b) David, and what gives rise to misgivings?
- How does David’s predicament illustrate the situation confronting God with the human race?
How is the gospel ‘solution’ at once more far-reaching and more satisfactory than the expedient adopted by David?
- Study Absalom’s character, and list his faults.
Note. 14:7. Those who demanded the murderer’s death had justification according to the law (see Deut. 19:11-13). The women based her plea on her own great need.