II Samuel 8-14: Triumph and Failure

(8, 10) What reason is given for David’s many victories (8:6, 14)?

What does this suggest about our victories, and how should we live in light of this truth?

How do Joab’s words balance the twin truths of man’s responsibility and God’s sovereignty?  What would it look like to err by stressing either truth?

(8-10) How does 8:15 point forward to a greater King (Isaiah 9:7)?

How is David’s kindness to Mephibosheth a picture of God’s kindness towards us (chapter 9)?

How do the actions of Hanun remind us of the consequences of rejecting God’s kindness (10:1-5, John 3:36)?

(11-14) David’s triumphs give way to failure.  Trace David’s path into sin (11:1-4).  What should David have done differently to overcome temptation?

One sin often leads to another sin.  How does David’s first sin snowball into many more?

Describe David’s sin from God’s point of view (11:27; 12:9, 14).  How might seeing sin in this way help us to overcome temptation?

David repents and God forgives, but consequences remain.  What consequences does Nathan mention in 12:10-14, and how do you see these consequences play out in chapters 12-14?

How should the reality of sin’s consequences help us overcome temptation?  Why does it often not?


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