NextLevel Online: 2 Samuel

Session 10: The Return of the King (2 Samuel 19:9-20:26)

Session ten follows David’s movements as he returns to Jerusalem once the threat of Absalom has been moved. After tracing the movements in this final section of chronological narrative, we consider how to read the various layers of significance in these events. We note in particular how David’s “return from exile” speaks to Israel’s history as well as the mission of Christ.



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SUMMARY: Session ten follows David’s movements as he returns to Jerusalem once the threat of Absalom has been moved. After tracing the movements in this final section of chronological narrative, we consider how to read the various layers of significance in these events. We note in particular how David’s “return from exile” speaks to Israel’s history as well as the mission of Christ.

NOTES:

  • This section completes the chronological narrative of 2 Samuel.

    • David’s Return (19:9-43)

      • Judah brings David home

      • David retraces his steps (and interactions)

    • Sheba’s Rebellion (20:1-26)

      • Notes on the fight…

      • Observations on the resolution…

Reflections and Takeaways

  • Remember to read these stories on multiple levels:

    • Within itself

    • Within “Samuel”

    • Within the OT

    • Within Scripture

  • Takeaways

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  • What stories can you think of that involve the return of a king? What do they have in common? What are some lessons you can draw from each?

  • Try to rearticulate (in your own words) the various layers of meaning presented in the video. Which are most or least clear? (If you are in a group, instruct one another in the Lord!)

  • With which of these layers do you resonate most directly? Why?

  • In what ways are you tempted to usurp Christ’s authority in your life, in the church, in our world, etc.?

  • How do the actions of David help you better understand the work of Christ in your life?

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