NextLevel Online: 2 Samuel

Session 4: From Rise to Reign (2 Samuel 5-6)

Session four follows David’s ascent to full kingship. Ever since we met David, he was singled out to rule, but so far he has been on the way to that destiny. Now he reaches it, and we can’t help but wonder what sort of ruler he will turn out to be. This text will begin to answer that question, and along the way we get the remarkable and instructive story of Uzzah’s death.



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SUMMARY: Session four follows David’s ascent to full kingship. Ever since we met David, he was singled out to rule, but so far he has been on the way to that destiny. Now he reaches it, and we can't help but wonder what sort of ruler he will turn out to be. This text will begin to answer that question, and along the way we get the remarkable and instructive story of Uzzah’s death.

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  • Hearing the Story

    • 5:1-5 – David receives universal support

    • 5:6-16 – David establishes a capital

    • 5:17-25 – David quiets a persistent enemy

    • 6:1-23 – David makes way for God’s presence

  • Reflecting on the Story

    • What sort of God dwells among us?

      • A God who ________________________.

      • A God who is not to be ________________________ with!

    • God will not be ________________________.

    • God will not be ______________________. (Galatians 6; Exodus 25:13-14; 1 Chronicles 15)

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  • Thinking about “rise to reign” as a metaphor for growing into what God has for us, where are you on this journey?

  • What can you learn from the various tasks David accomplished upon taking the throne?

  • Think about the first time you read the Uzzah story. What did you think of what God did?

  • Do you better understand why Uzzah was disciplined? How does this help put the story in a new light?

  • In the past, have you ever disobeyed God for a season and told yourself things would work out fine? How did that go?

  • Are you in such a season right now?

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