2 Samuel: Lesson 20 — Trouble and 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 20 (Trouble and Advice)
2 Samuel 20
February 6, 2013

The Text:

  1. Who was Sheba?  What was significant about his family heritage?  What did he announce to all who would hear?  What was the result?
  2.  What role had Amasa been given?  What did David ask him to do?  How prompt was he in following David’s request?  How did David view Sheba?  What did David ask Abishai to do?  How prompt was he in following David’s request?
  3. While the army carries out David’s command, who comes to meet them?  What did Joab do to him?  What does one of Joab’s men say to the rest of the army?  What kept the men from responding positively?  How is that problem resolved.  What is the result?
  4. What did Joab and the army start to do when they catch up with Sheba in Abel Beth Maacah?  Who asks to speak to Joab?  What does she say about the city?  What does she suggest Joab’s current actions are doing to the city?
  5. What reason does Joab give for the actions of he and his army?  What condition does he give for them to stop?  How does the woman respond?  How did the people of the city respond to her advice?  What was the result?

 

 

The Application:

  1. How important is your heritage in determining your actions?  Do “troublemakers” tend to get your attention?  What things make them so effective in causing division?
  2. Do you ever reach a point that you forget who’s in charge?  How prompt are you at following God’s directives?  Do you think there are times God chooses someone else for a task because we’ve not been prompt in obeying?
  3. How do you interact with people who seem irresponsible?  How about when that person is promoted or honored above yourself?  Are there visible remnants of wrong in your life that keep people from following the right way?
  4. Do you ever suffer for the wrong of someone else?  Do you ever treat groups of people badly because of the actions of one person?  How do you bring wisdom into these times?
  5. How can explaining the reasons for your actions help resolve “third-party” conflict?  When you feel under attack, how hard is it to identify wrong and get rid of it?

 

 

Next Week: Unfinished Business
2 Samuel 21

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