2 Samuel: Lesson 23 — Final Words

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 23 (Final Words)
2 Samuel 23
March 6, 2013

The Text:

  1. What was the source of David’s final words?  How is David described?  What had God told David about how to rule?  What did David conclude about his house?  What does David say about evil men?
  2. How large of a group was the core of David’s mighty men?  What did this core group have in common?  Did they always have the backing of the Israelite army?  How successful were they?
  3. How many men came to see David at the cave of Adullam?  Where were the Philistines?  What did David want?  What was done about it?  How did David respond?  Why?
  4. Who was chief of David’s core group?  Was he one of them?  How did his fame or honor compare with the core?  Who was in charge of David’s bodyguard detail?  What were his credentials?  How well-known was he?
  5. Who are the men listed at the end of this chapter?  How many of them are named?  How many does the text say were a part of this group?  Where were these men from?



The Application:

  1. Where would you want your words to come from if you knew they would be your last?  What should that say about the words you use daily that could be your last?  Are you confident of God’s favor upon you . . . Why/why not?  Is evil painful enough in your life that you avoid direct contact with it?
  2. Do you have a core group of people  you can count on?  Is it better for that group to be few or many . . . Why?  Are you in that role for someone else?  How willing are you to stand for right even if no one else does?  How likely are you to stand with someone who takes a stand against evil?
  3. How willing are you to risk your safety to meet the request of someone?  How much value do you put on risks that others take for your benefit?
  4. Do you ever feel excluded . . . Why?  How should being the best at what God calls you to do counteract that feeling?  How can you make others feel valuable?
  5. Who would you include in a list of “mighty” people in your life?  Do you even know all their names?  How different are the people on that list?



Next Week: What’s The Cost?
2 Samuel 24

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