2 Samuel 13:1 begins “Now Absalom” — Absalom is going to be the new key player on the stage of David’s life. The tragic story of Absalom’s rebellion to his father, King David, brings about the fulfillment of God’s judgment that “the sword will never leave his house (2 Samuel 12:10-12) .” The sins of David’s sons repeat and magnify David’s sin. David’s crime was against the wife of a friend. Amnon sins against a sister. The consequences of the first were death of a husband and baby. The consequences of the second was civil war.
David was given the kingship, God’s protection, and great blessings. But then David took what was not his to take. Even though David is forgiven, his sin still has consequences. Many people in David’s household, including David himself, are going to suffer. But there are lessons to be learned as the Lord both teaches and redeems.
Resources: Study Questions, Maps, Outlines & Background
01 – 2 Samuel 13 The rape of Tamar
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 30.2016
Even though David is forgiven, his sin still has consequences. But why do those consequences fall so heavily on Tamar, a seemingly innocent bystander?
02 – 2 Samuel 14 Absalom Returns
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on December 7, 2016
The conflict between appearance and reality is the theme of this chapter. What appears to be wisdom and repentance is not really wisdom and repentance.
03 – 2 Samuel 15 Absalom’s Conspiracy
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on December 14, 2016
What do you do when you fail in a big way and your failure matters? Your mistake has big consequences for other people? How should you respond? That’s the situation David is facing in our story today.
04 – 2 Samuel 16 David flees Jerusalem
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on December 21, 2016
How should you respond when suffering unjustly? As David flees Jerusalem, he is used and abused by two members of Saul’s family. We can learn from his example how to bear unjust suffering.
05 – 2 Samuel 17 Hushai’s Warning Saves David
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 4, 2017
As we’ve studied the rebellion of Absalom, we’ve been asking what we can learn about responding when we sin, understanding the discipline of our heavenly father, and how to respond when suffering unjustly. With 2 Samuel 17 we focus on these questions from God’s perspective.
06 – 2 Samuel 18 The Death of Absalom
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 11, 2017
2 Samuel 18 is the climatic battle for the throne. But instead of highlighting the ferocity of the battle, the spotlight focuses on David’s anxiety over his son, and how the news of Absalom’s death impacts him, especially when he learns that the price of rebellion is the death of his son. It is a price David cannot bear to pay, but it is a price God pays for us. David’s grief gives us a glimpse of the price our heavenly father was willing to pay on our behalf.
07 – 2 Samuel 19 David Restored as King
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 18, 2017
With Absalom dead, Joab blows the trumpet to end the battles and the civil war is over. Except David is still in exile. Now we have a guilty nation and a vindicated king, and the question that remains is how to restore the relationship. How do you approach your king after you’ve been sinful or rebellious?
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Scripture quotes are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.
The Rebellion of Absalom is part of the series 2 Samuel: David as King.
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