David, Ziba and Shimei (2 Samuel 16:1 – 14)

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2 Samuel 16:1 – 14

Questions:

1. When you are catching a meal on the run, what does your “order to go” usually consist of?

2. If you could have 100 portions of any food you like, free, what would you choose?

3. What is Ziba’s motive in coming to David, bearing such gifts? Is he trustworthy (verse 3; see chapter 19:24 – 30)? Why does David think so (see chapter 9:1 – 11)?

4. In contrast to the loyalty of Ittai to his master, we have the example of Ziba. Where might you be tempted likewise to betray your loyalties? How will you resist that temptation?

5. When have you been “cussed out”? How did that feel?

6. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me” – when have you resorted to that childhood refrain?

7. Why does David attribute Shimei’s cursing to God? What does this tell you about David’s character? About his view of God’s character?

8. When have you (like David) been under the Lord’s discipline? What for? Could you take the heat, however it was dished out? How did you respond?

9. When the heat on you is not “from the Lord”, how do you respond?

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King David Flees Jerusalem (2 Samuel 15:13 – 37)

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2 Samuel 15:13 – 37

Questions:

1. When have you set out in your car, just to get away from it all, without knowing where you’re going?

2. When you want to go to a specific getaway place, where do you go? With whom?

3. When you have changed jobs or churches or residences, has anyone chosen to move with you? Why?

4. Why do the Levites follow David with the ark (verse 24)? What does that do for David’s sense of well-being? Whose rule does David confess (verse 26)?

5. How would you describe the roles of Zadok and Abiathar in the struggle between Absalom and David (verses 27 – 29, 35, 36)?

6. How would you describe David’s ascent up the Mount of Olives? Why was he weeping, while other prophets suffer loss without doing so (see Ezra 24:16, 17)?

7. Have you ever made Ittai’s promise (“whenever, whatever”) to your Master? Or have you qualified your allegiance somewhat? How so? Why not make a commitment without reservations to follow your King this week?

8. David says, “Let God do to me whatever seems good to him”. If you could bring yourself to say that, what are you afraid might happen?

9. Where do you need to put “legs to your prayers” as David does in sending Hushai to confound Ahitophel’s counsel?

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Absalom’s Conspiracy (2 Samuel 15:1 – 12)

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2 Samuel 15:1 – 12

Questions:

1. It helps to know people in “high places”. Who do you know who can pull strings for you?

2. What “conspiracy theories” or “takeover plots” fascinate you? Why?

3. Why do you think Absalom waits four years to carry out his conspiracy plot? When else has he shown patience in devising evil plans (see 2 Samuel 13:23ff)?

4. How can David be so gullible (verses 7 – 9)?

5. When do you feel frustrated in getting an audience with your King? Why?

6. What campaigns of disinformation today see to discredit God’s reign or encourage believers to stay from the faith?

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