- How did God open David’s eyes to his sin through Nathan’s words?
Are you prepared for him similarly to open your eyes?
- What can we learn from chapter 12 about:
(b) forgiveness, and
Cf. Ps. 32:3-5; Heb. 12:6, 11.
- 13:1-37. What lessons emerge from a comparison of Amnon’s sin with David’s?
What was wrong with the way in which Amnon was treated by:
(a) David, and
- Why is Hanun’s treatment of David’s envoys inexcusable?
- Joab shows up in a better light here.
What does this add to what we already know of his character?
- At what stage in his career did David fall?
Where should he have been at the time?
How did the temptation grow?
Was he able to keep his sin secret?
Do your answers to these questions, and your reading of the passage, suggest any general lessons about sin?
- Use a map to follow the path of David’s victories.
What reasons does the writer emphasize for David’s success?
- How does David’s treatment of the spoils of war differ from the way in which he dealt with the gods of the Philistines captured in battle (1 Chr. 14:8-12)? Is there a reason for this? Cf. Deut. 7:5.
- Do you see any parallel between David’s treatment of Mephibosheth and God’s acceptance of us?
- David is eager to build a house for God – God’s reply is to make a ‘house’ for David.
List what he has already done, and what he promises for the future.
- It has been said that what a man is on his knees before God, that he really is.
What does David’s prayer reveal:
(a) about himself,
(b) about his relation to God?
Why was it David won these two battles with the Philistians?
- Why did Uzzah die? Cf. 1 Sam. 6:19; Num, 4:15; 1 Chr. 15:15.
What was god teaching through this incident?
- What was the real reason for Michal’s contempt for David, and what her pretended reason?
Why was it David behaved as he did on this occasions?
Can I learn anything from his exuberance ‘before the Lord’?
- In what respects was the crime of recab and Baanah worse than that of the Amalekite?
- David waited for seven years for the decision at the beginning of chapter 5.
Why did the Israelites now choose him as king?
Cf. Deut. 17:15.
- How did David succeed in taking the stronghold of Zion, and why?
- Compare David’s actions as a public figure (2:4-7; 3:20, 21, 28-39) with the trouble he was building up in his family life (3:2-5, 13, 14).
Am I in any respect guilty of double standards in my own life?
- Make a character study of the figures of Abner and Joab from this chapter.
Note the relationship of Joab and his brothers to David (Zeruiah was the daughter of David’s mother by her first marriage), and David’s words in the daughter of David’s mother by her first marriage), and David’s words in 3:39.