NextLevel Online: 2 Samuel

Session 7: David’s Sin (2 Samuel 11-12)

Session seven explores one of the most famous and tragic events of David’s life. We will pay close attention to how the storyteller presents the narrative, taking care to learn as much as we can while focusing on the primary message being communicated. Perhaps the question is not whether we will fail, but how we will respond when we realize what we’ve done.



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SUMMARY: Session seven explores one of the most famous and tragic events of David’s life. We will pay close attention to how the storyteller presents the narrative, taking care to learn as much as we can while focusing on the primary message being communicated. Perhaps the question is not whether we will fail, but how we will respond when we realize what we’ve done.

NOTES:

  • Hearing the Story

    • Joab to Rabbah, David home (11:1)

    • David and Bathsheba pregnant (11:2-5)

    • Uriah put to death (11:6-25)

    • Bathsheba mourns (11:26-27)

    • Nathan confronts (12:1-14)

    • David mourns (12:15-17)

    • Child put to death (12:18-23)

    • David and Bathsheba pregnant (12:24-25)

    • David to Rabbah, back home (12:26-31)

  • Reflecting on the Story

    • Many colorful characters…

    • Focus is on David, specifically his sin.

      • Sin breeds more sin.

      • Sin brings suffering (to others).

      • Sin makes us stupid.

      • Sin follows a pattern.

    • Why was David not rejected like Saul? Terrible as he was, what made David different?

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  • What is your initial reaction to this story? Why?

  • What important lessons can we learn from characters other than David?

  • Which of the points about sin are most relevant to you right now? What other things do we learn from this account?

  • Do you feel David got a just punishment? If you were David, how would that change your perspective on the situation? (If it’s hard to think of yourself as David, why?)

  • How do you respond when confronted with your sin?

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