Bible Study – 31 Wars Against the Philistines

Step 1:  Opening and Introduction to the lesson – Personal Testimonies from last week’s study and Reflection:  What do your feet and hands reveal about the kind of person you are?  Share a story which demonstrates how you were Hero for a day.  

Step 2:  Hear – Read:  Wars Against the Philistines:  2 Samuel 21:15-22.

Step 3:  Explore – Discover the Passage

  1. Precise identification and dating of these four Philistine episodes is uncertain, but this is not germane to their main point.  What main point does each episode serve?  Who are the descendants of Rapha (see Dt 2:10-11, 20,21; Jos 11:21-22)?  Also see Gen 15:19-20? 
  • How did the Anakites (Rapha) figure into the original conquest of the promised land (see Nu 13:22,28,33; Dt 1:28; 9:2; Jos 14:12,15; Jdg 1:20)?
  • What do we know about Abishai (see 1 Sa 26:6; 2 Sa 19:21; 2 Sa 20:6-7)?
  • How do the heroics of David’s men relate to 21:17?  See 22:29; 23:3-4; 1 Ki 11:36.  How do they relate to 21:22?  How do they relate to 22:1?  
  • We know David killed Goliath (1 Sa 17); what explanations can you offer for the apparent contradiction in verse 19?

Step 4:  Connect – Apply the Passage:

  1. What battles have you recently fought for your king?  What battles do you anticipate in the coming week?

B.  Who do you regard as your spiritual heroes, those who have kept their light burning for the Lord and have shared that light with you?

      C.  How do you conquer sinful habits?

Step 5:  Reflect: …so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished .