Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Absalom's Demise - 2 Samuel 18-19

Here are a few of the resources we will use for our Wednesday evening Bible Study.

The Big Picture – Context of 2 Samuel 18-19
1001 BC – David & Bathsheba – 2 Sam 11
1000 BC – Nathan Rebukes David – 2 Sam 12
999 BC – Solomon Born – 2 Sam 12:24
999 BC – Amnon & Tamar & Absalom – 2 Sam 13
997 BC – Widow of Tekoa – 2 Sam 14
989 BC – Absalom is brought back – 2 Sam 14:21
985 BC – Absalom’s Conspiracy & David Flees – 2 Sam 15
981 BC – David, Ziba, Shimei – 2 Sam 16
981 BC – Absalom Slain – 2 Sam 18
981 BC – David comforted by Joab 19
979 BC – David’s last song – 2 Sam 23

Questions about the Text
1.      In 2 Samuel 18:4 – Was David’s acquiescence a kingly move or a cowardly decision?  Why or why not?

2.      In 2 Samuel 18:6-7 – Do you think this division between Israel and David’s army foreshadows future separation?  

3.      How was now was Ahithophel’s wisdom in 17:1-14?  How wise was David to plant Hushai in Absalom’s counsel?   
4.      (9) In 2 Sam 15:32-37, what was Hushai’s part and how could he overcome Ahithophel? 
5.      2 Samuel 14:25-26, Absalom’s hair and looks are highly valued.  Did the Lord give Absalom an ironic ending? (10)

6.      Consider the forgiveness and understanding given from David in 2 Samuel 19.  List those who received it.  Would you do the same?

7.      Comment on the respect David gave Barzillai in 2 Samuel 19:31.