2 Samuel: Lesson 17 — Conflicting Advice

The following are discussion questions from a weekly study I am leading through the book of 2 Samuel.  We meet each Wednesday evening at the Deer Run Church of Christ.

A Man After God’s Own Heart:
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

A Study of the Book of 2 Samuel

Lesson 17 (Conflicting Advice)
2 Samuel 17
January 16, 2013

The Text:

  1. What advice does Ahithophel give Absalom?  How is that advice received?  Why does Absalom summon Hushai?
  2. What does Hushai tell Absalom about David?  . . . About Absalom’s men?  What advice does Hushai give?  How is that advice received?  Why?
  3. What message does Hushai have sent to David?  Who did he entrust the message to?  How was it delivered?  What did David do when he received the message?
  4. How did Ahithophel react when he realized his advice was not being taken?  What did he do?
  5. Where did David go?  What was brought to him?  Who brought it?  Why?

The Application:

  1. Who do you go to for advice?  What makes them a good source for advice?  Do you often look for “second opinions” even when the first makes sense to you?
  2. Is it possible to tell the truth in “non-truthful” or deceptive ways?  How?  When you are given two opinions, how do you decide which one is more reliable or useful?
  3. What could be some advantages of hearing “worst case scenarios”?  Disadvantages?  How quick are you to respond to reliable warnings?  Do people view you as reliable in a way that your warning them about the danger of life outside of Christ causes them to act?
  4. Have you ever been given good advice that was ignored?  How does that make you feel?  How can you keep from being discouraged when you know the right thing to do and no one else will accept it?
  5. Where do you go when you’re in trouble?  Why?  Do you have people who would notice your needs and help meet them?  Do you pay attention to the real needs of others so that you can help them?

Next Week: Is It Worth It?
2 Samuel 18

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