Absalom Rebels

Comparison > Insecurity > Jealousy > Corrupt Heart

  • What goes around often comes around.
  • God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
  • When given a choice in life, there are typically 3 choices we can make. Bad Choice, OK Choice, and Best Choice.
  • Polygamy doesn’t go well in the Bible! Why? Because it’s a Bad Choice, even though in the Old Testament it was “ok.”

Sermon preached on November 1, 2020.

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Digging Deeper

Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  • When facing a decision, why is it sometimes easier to settle for what’s “okay” rather than what is “best?”
  • Read God’s response to David in 2 Samuel 12:11 after he had sinned with Bathsheba. How do you see this verse played out in the following chapters?
  • How would you describe Absalom? Does he remind you of Saul, David, or neither?
  • David faces a lot of “unfortunate events” in his life. Does the character of David change in the events found in this week’s chapters? Explain your answer.
  • In the multiple events found in this week’s readings, what does it teach us about choosing to do what is best?

Discussion Questions for Kids

  • We learned last week that even though we sin and displease God, He forgives us.  But we also learned that there are consequences for our sin.  We see those consequences in these chapters of II Samuel.  One of King David’s sons, Amnon, treated David’s daughter Tamar very badly.  What was David’s response to the relationship of Amnon and Tamar? (2 Samuel 13:21). The Bible tells us David was angry, but it doesn’t say he took any action and disciplined his Amnon.
  • Absalom was King David’s son.  What was his reaction to Amnon? (2 Samuel 13:22) What sin did he commit? (2 Samuel 13:28-29).
  • When David sinned with Bathsheba and was confronted with his sin, he confessed his sins.  What was Absalom’s response to sinning? (2 Samuel 13:27-39).
  • Eventually David forgives his son and welcomes him back to the kingdom, but not to his home.  Absalom begins to betray his father by getting support among the people to make him the king.  At no time did Absalom ask what God wanted him to do or seek His instructions for how to respond to the situations.  Read Psalm 37:7-9; Nahum 1:3; Ephesians 4:26, 27; and James 1:19-21. What should we do when we are angry? How should we respond when wrong has been done to us and those we love? What can we learn from David of how to react when we sin? What can we learn from Absalom about what to do or not do when we are angry?

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