READING THE BIBLE IN 52 WEEKS
2 SAMUEL 1-24
On April 25, 2012, our Bible Study will look at the rise and fall of with the introduction of the monarchy of Israel. In 1 Samuel we will meet Samuel the great prophet, judge and priest who was also the king maker. We will meet the two first kings of Israel, the weak Saul and the strong David. To understand the history of Israel and the LORD’s saving grace and love for His people one must read and understand 1 and 2 Samuel. This week, we start with 1 Samuel.
Remember: THREE-A-DAY IS THE EASIET WAY! There are 1,189 Chapters in the Bible and to read the whole Bible in 52 Weeks, one must read an average of 3.25 Chapters every day!
We are now in week fifteen and we see the rise and fall of the great King David. We also see how sin and evil has overrun the kingdom of Israel. The level of depravity and wanton disregard for God’s holiness, the Laws of Moses and human life is sometimes shocking and even amazing in 2 Samuel.
Please read prayerfully and carefully the assigned chapter and answer these questions that we will discuss in our session on Wednesday:
1. What were the differences between how King Saul died in 1 Samuel Chapter 31 and 2 Samuel Chapter 1?
2. Do you think the Amalekite was telling the truth in Chapter 1? Why?
3. Why did David tear his clothes when he heard Saul was dead?
4. Why did David order the death of the Amalekite who said he killed Saul?
5. Before David left to go up to one of the towns of Judah to be annointed king what did he do that King Saul did not do before he took important actions?
6. In which verses was David annointed as king for the second time and the first time publicly? In which city was David annointed this second time? What was the house of Judah?
7. Abner, King Saul’s cousin, tried to maintain the kingdom of the dead King Saul by installing Saul’s fourth son as king of Israel. What was this fourth son’s name? What did this fourth son’s name mean?
8. In Chapter 3:1 what do you think is meant by the terms “house of David” and “house of Saul?”
9. How many sons were born to David in Hebron in Chapter 3? Which son was Absalom and who was his mother?
10. When David got to Hebron and started to settle down he had two wives. How many wives did David have by the time he had all of his sons in Hebron?
11. How did David finally become king of all of Israel?
12. On the way to David becoming king of all of Israel we see a vicious cycle of revenge murder and killing. What happened to Abner, Ish-Bosheth, Recab andBaanah that showed that retalition killing only leads to more murder and killing?
13. How old was David when he became king of all of Israel? How long was his reign?
14. King David decided to move his residence to Jerusalem making it the capital of Israel. What was the earlier name of Jerusalem? Can you give other names that have been used for Jerusalem?
15. One very well-known Scripture from 2 Samuel says that David “danced before the Lord with all his might.” Which verse says that and why was David dancing so hard?
16. In which verse did the LORD surprise David after he told Nathan he wanted to build a house for the LORD? What did the LORD tell David about building a house?
17. What is the “Covenant with David”? Where do you find it in 2 Samuel?
18. The LORD promised in his covenant with David to give Israel a rest from her enemies. How did the LORD begin to immediately fulfill that promise by allowing David to defeat which long time enemy?
19. In which verses did David finally get a chance to “show kindness” to the house of Saul “for Jonathan’s sake?” How did David show kindness?
20. Just when things were going well, David messed up big time with Bathsheba! Name some of sins David committed in pursuing Bathsheba?
21. In which verses did Nathan tell a story about a ewe lamb to show David his sins? Nathan’s famous accusation against David “you are the man!” is given in which verse?
22. How did God immediately show His displeasure with David for his sinful ways?
23. After David and Bathsheba’s first baby died, God allowed them to have another son. What was this famous second son’s name? He had two names, what was the other? What did those names mean?
24. When the prophet Nathan confronted David about his transgressions with Bathsheba, he also told David that the LORD said the sword shall never depart from your house. How did the LORD send the sword against the house of David?
25. Who were Amnon, Tamar and Absalom? What was there relationship to each other?
26. How did Absalom start a revolution against his father David to remove him from the throne that made a David a king without a kingdom?
27. How did Absalom die?
28. How did David return to his kingdom as king?
29. How did David sin in taking the census of Israel?
30. David was guilty of many sins including adultery, murder and deceit. However these sins seemed to be the cause of the even more dangerous sins of pride and arrogance which made David subject to all manner of sin. In which verses did David finally take responsibility for his many, many sins?
Since David is considered Israel’s greatest king and Samuel said he was a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) how do you explain how God overlooked all of David’s known sins and still made his house the royal house from which God’s son would reign forever?
With all the sex, lying, killing, backstabbing, and power hungry people in this book of 2 Samuel seems like it would make a popular movie by today’s standard. What do you think a movie based on 2 Samuel would be called? Who would you get to play David and what about Absalom?
PLEASE READ 1 & 2 KINGS FOR BIBLE STUDY ON MAY 2, 2012