NextLevel Online: 2 Samuel

Session 9: David and Absalom (2 Samuel 15:1-19:8)

Session nine follows the tension between David and his son Absalom, who conspired to the throne and effectively put Israel into small-scale civil war. While only God emerges as the hero in this story, we will contrast David and Absalom as kings/leaders/men. Then we will, as always, make sure our eyes stay open to the gospel.



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SUMMARY: Session nine follows the tension between David and his son Absalom, who conspired to the throne and effectively put Israel into small-scale civil war. While only God emerges as the hero in this story, we will contrast David and Absalom as kings/leaders/men. Then we will, as always, make sure our eyes stay open to the gospel.

Hearing the Story

  • Absalom’s conspiracy (15:1-12)

  • David flees (15:13-17:23)

  • Absalom’s rise and fall (17:24-18:18)

  • David mourns (18:19-19:8)

Reflecting on the Story

  • A Contrast in Kings/Leaders/Men

    • Goal: self or serve?

    • God: to use or to submit?

    • Methods: division or peace?

  • Don’t miss the gospel echo!

  • If God is the hero, what is the message?

Questions for Reflection and Discussion:

  • What is the danger of presenting human characters in a story like this as examples to follow (or not)? Nevertheless, what is the value?

  • Which goal more often drives your action: building others up or pleasing yourself? How do you know?

  • How do we reconcile the call to spread peace with the knowledge that Jesus came not to bring peace but a sword?

  • This is one long story with many interesting scenes. Which scene most resonates with you, and why? What do you learn from that section?

  • Which of God’s promises do you need to cling to right now?

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