David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11)

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2 Samuel 11


1. What’s your favorite springtime activity? Where you live, how soon do people begin sun-bathing?

2. Nearly everyone has an image of “the girl next door” or “the big man on campus”. Describe the one that still sticks in your mind. What first drew your attention to her or him?

3. Where did you spend your last getaway weekend with a loved one? Where would you like to go next time?

4. What significance do you see in the timing of David’s sin (verses 1 and 2)? In the timing of Bathsheba’s “purification”, meaning she was now ceremonially clean from menstruation (verse 4; also Leviticus 15:19, 28)?

5. What happened to David?

  • he got hit with spring fever
  • he didn’t need God anymore
  • his hormones overtook him
  • his achievements made him think he deserved whatever he wanted
  • his morality gradually eroded
  • he was relaxing at home when he should have been with his men

6. What do you think Bathsheba’s involvement was in the relationship?

  • she purposely seduced David by bathing where he could see her
  • David seduced her
  • she didn’t have a choice
  •  she was a willing participant

7. What superior character qualities does Uriah exhibit in refusing David’s overture (verses 11, 13; see also Deuteronomy 23:9, 10)? What does this reveal about David? Uriah? Joab?

8. What must Bathsheba be feeling as her identity changes quickly from Uriah’s wife, to David’s lover, to Uriah’s widow, to David’s bride?

9. In what ways does one sin lead to another in this story, until David has broken the 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th Commandments?

10. How do you deal with temptation?

  • give in to it
  • fight if off
  • ask for God’s help
  • talk to someone about it
  • just say “no”
  • do something to get my mind off it
  • beat myself up with guilt

11. Since God created David with sexual urges, when did his thoughts or actions become sin? Why did God create us with drives we’re not always allowed to satisfy?

12. What would you have done if you were on David’s roof? When are you most vulnerable to sexual temptation? What have you found to be the most helpful strategy of resistance?

13. How does this story remind you of your world?

  • lots of visual stimulation
  • the pressure to be sexually active
  • so many kids getting pregnant
  • worry about who you can trust
  • the pressure to party
  • wonder if what I do “displeases the Lord”

14. Once virginity or fidelity are lost (physically), how can one be a virgin or faithful again (spiritually)? Where do you need “purification” and forgiveness today?



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