LIFEGROUP NOTES Week 5 - Making Sense of it All
In our study today, we will look at David, a man who had times of outright rebellion toward GOD characterized by sin and disobedience. We will be surveying a few passages, mostly from the Old Testament, about David’s life, David’s disobedience and rebellion, and then David’s repentance!
The Life of David – Read 2 Samuel 5:1-3.
1. What characteristics do you think of a “Good” King as having? (these do not have to be spiritual characteristics...think secular.)
2. Read 1 Sam. 13:14. What characteristic is King Saul told that GOD wants in the King of Israel?
3. Now go back to 2 Sam. 5:2. What is it that the Lord told David?
4. What can we deduct from these two statements? If 1 Sam. 13:14 says that GOD will find “a man after His own heart” and then command him to be the prince of Israel...and 2 Sam. 5:2 says that David was commanded to be the prince of Israel.
David’s Rebellion/Disobedience – 2 Sam. 11.
5. 2 Sam. 8 and 10 are accounts of David’s victories in battle, due to GOD’s favor! Then we get to 2 Sam. 11. Why do you think that chapter 8 and 10 are important to this story in ch.11
6. What in v1 communicates that something is wrong?
Remember that David is “a man after GOD’s own heart”, but what we see next is a series of events that paint a picture of how far David’s heart has wondered.
7. 1st in this series of events: David sees Bathsheba bathing. Do you think that at this point David is in sin?
8. What do you think David’s purpose was for inquiring about Bathsheba?
9. As a result of these actions, Bathsheba becomes pregnant. In an attempt to cover up his adultery, David sends for Uriah. What does he seek by doing this? Why is this crucial in this story?
10. So, David still seeking to cover up his sin gets Uriah drunk in hopes that his conviction about going home and being with his wife would be eased. It does not work. So King David sends Uriah back into battle carrying his own death letter. This is a final attempt to cover up his sin and adultery. Read James 1:14-15. How does this verse fit the story of David and Bathsheba?
There is no doubt that David acted in defiance and rebellion to GOD. But this story also has a great and biblical ending! In Ps. 51, David repents for his actions in an act of restoration that can only be wrought through a heart truly after God’s heart. David is now intimate with the dangers of sin and how it can affect his life. Thus, he repented and pleaded with GOD for mercy and forgiveness and for God to kill the sin in his heart. When we discover rebellion in our lives...is this the type of response that we see? Are we as broken as David in Ps. 51 about our rebellious attitudes toward GOD?