Important Change in Schedule.
Many of you have written and said life is busy and you are behind on your lessons. So, guess what? We are taking a one week vacation!!
We will not meet here next Monday, so you will have two weeks to either catch up and/or complete this week’s homework. To make it really clear…we will take a week off and meet back here on October 25th.
We learned some wonderful new truths together this past week. Thank you for all the great questions and answers. I just LOVE reading your comments and learn so much from you as you share what God speaks to you.
This is such a difficult time in David’s life. My heart broke as I read his words in 1 Samuel 27:1, “One of these days I will be destroyed by the hand of Saul. The best thing I can do is to escape to the land of hte Philistines. then Saul will give up searching for me anywhere in Israel…” How sad that he is so desperate that he would choose to go and live in enemy territory.
Let’s jump right into our lesson. Below please find the lesson for Week Three and the homework and reading assignment for Week Four.
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Reading Assignment: Read as assigned through the homework.
This Week’s Memory Verse: And he became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him. 2 Samuel 5:10
Homework Questions: Please do as many questions as time allows. It is in your reading and studying that God will do His greatest work.
Heavenly Father, what a wonderful week ahead we have in David’s life. He finally steps up to take his rightful place as King of Israel. Lord, thank You for showing me David’s life and his heart. Continue to show me what it is to be a woman after Your heart…to have a heart like You. Teach me to wait upon You. Teach me to see You in all things. Father, before I take a single step toward something new, remind me to come before You and seek Your will. For Your Promise is You know the plans You have for me, plans to prosper and not to harm me, plans to give me hope and a future. When I don’t hear the answer I want to hear, Lord, help me trust in You with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding. Help me to acknowledge You in all my ways because then and only then will You direct my paths. Keep my eyes straight ahead, focused on You. Help me to never turn to the left or to the right without Your approval. Thank You that You are with me and promise to never leave me or forsake me. Open my heart this week to receive all that You have for me. I ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN.
Today, we begin an exciting chapter in the life of David. The man anointed by God fifteen years earlier is about to occupy his long awaited throne. As we have learned over the past several weeks, this throne did not come easily. God did not hand it to him on a silver platter. God needed to equip David before He would allow him to serve and lead His people. That equipping required David to walk through some very difficult trials and struggles.
1. Read 2 Samuel Chapter 2.
a. What is the first thing David does? (verse 1)
b. What does God say to David?
c. What lesson do you learn? How are you at asking God’s direction before making a big decision? Give examples.
It seemed David did not want to take a single step without first seeking God’s direction.
We should do the same. Today, we may not meet God in a burning bush, hear His voice call from heaven, or see answers revealed in Urim and Thummin, but we have something so much better. We have the written Word of God. It is available whenever and wherever we need it. Please never ever forget this valuable gift.
2. What happened when David got to Hebron? (2 Samuel 2:4).
3. Read Psalm 145. This is truly a magnificent hymn. What change do you see in this psalm from the psalms we read in previous chapters?
4. Who was Abner?
5. Who was Joab? (for background read 1 Chronicles 2:13-17)
6. Who happened at Gibeon?
7. Read 2 Samuel Chapter 3. Joab is back in the picture. Remember Joab is the one who pursued Abner for killing his brother. Of what did Joab accuse Abner in verses 23-25?
a. What happened next? What was Joab’s motivation? (verse 27, 30)
b. How did David respond upon hearing the news (verses 28-29, 31-35)?
c. What does this tell us about David’s heart?
8. Read Psalm 18.
a. Share David’s names for God in verses 1-3.
b. How does David describe his plight in verses 4-5?
c. How does David describe his faith in verses 20-24?
e. How does David explain God’s nature and how He works in verses 25-29?
f. Again, what does David tell us about our God in verses 30-36?
g. How does David end this Psalm?
9. Read 2 Samuel 5. Today David will experience the fulfillment of God’s grand plan for him as he takes his rightful place as King of Israel. 2 Samuel Chapter 5 begins by telling us that all the tribes of Israel met with David at Hebron.
a. How old was David when He became King?
b. How old was Jesus when he began His ministry? (Luke 3:23)? Do you think it significant they both began their ministry at the same age?
10. Before we move on, we need to pause and reflect on what a momentous day this was for David. It had been fifteen years since Samuel had anointed David King. Reread 1Samuel 16:6-13. Now read 2 Samuel 5:2 again:
Fill in the blank: You will ________________ my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.”
11. According to verse 10, what happened to David? Why?
12. Read verse 12. What great insight we get into David’s heart. Write the verse below and underline the key verbs.
13. The end of chapter 5 finds David again in a battle against the Philistines. He is back where he started so many years ago, except no Goliath!
a. What does David do before he ever goes into battle? (verse 19)
b. What about in verse 23?
c. What does David do in response in verses 20 and 25?
14. Read 2 Samuel 7.
a. What does verse 1 reveal about David’s heart?
b. It is interesting that David did not go to the Lord with his thoughts and his plan. Instead he went to Nathan. But the all-knowing Lord knew David’s heart, and He intervened immediately to speak to David through Nathan.
* What does God ask David in verses 5-7?
* What does God promise?
* Who will build God’s permanent house?
15. Read 1 Chronicles 22:7-8, 28:3-7.
a. What reason did David give to his people for God not allowing him to be the one to build a royal house for God?
b. Who did David say would build the house for God?
16. Read 2 Samuel 7:18-29. Instead of getting angry with God when He said “no” to David’s grand plan, David responds with humility and praise.
Through this prayer, God allows us to dive into the depths of David’s heart and soul.
a. What did David physically do in verse 18?
b. Have you ever been so touched by God at work in your life that you intentionally “go” somewhere and sit before Him? If so, when was the last time and why?
c. What do verses 18 and 19 reveal about David’s heart?
d. What happens beginning in verse 22? Share what David says about God and what He has done for his people.
Friend, hear what God says to Israel…
one nation on earth that…
God went out to redeem as a people for Himself
God went out to make a name for Himself
God went out to perform great and awesome wonders
God has established as His very own forever
Please hear a wonderful truth! Through Christ’s death, we too are God’s chosen people. We have been redeemed. We too are God’s very own children!
ENJOY your extra week. I will be praying for you!!