Step 1: Opening and Introduction to the lesson – Personal Testimonies from last week’s study and Reflection: Who is the most generous person in your family? Has this person ever given you something for free for which you’ve insisted on paying? Were you raised in a strict each pays his own way family? Or in a we are all in this together family, one where dependency on a certain bread winner or benefactor was okay as part of a team effort? What part did you play in that?
Step 2: Hear – Read: David Builds an alter: 2 Samuel 24:18-25.
Step 3: Explore – Discover the Passage
- When and where and why is David commanded to build an alter? (v. 18)? What is significant about that place (see v.16)? What is significant about God’s command following David’s prayer (v. 17)?
- You are Araunah: The plague has reached your threshing floor, and David wants to buy it to build an alter there. What are you feeling about all this attention? Would you have responded as Araunah does (vv. 22-23)?
- David might have expropriated the man’s property, or paid a mere pittance for it, as he was king (see 1Sam 8:14). But what does David do instead and why (v.24)?
- What results do the sacrifices bring (v. 25)? What does this say about the relationship between sin and suffering? Between sin and sacrifice? What bearing does this have on your understanding of Jesus’ death for our sin and suffering?
Step 4: Connect – Apply the Passage:
- Are you willing to say to your King, Take whatever pleases you? What do you fear he might take that you want to keep?
- The Lord God accepted David and his sacrifice. How about you? Has the Lord your God accepted you? How do you know for sure?
- As a final offering of worship and fellowship as a group, try praising the Lord for all of his attributes which he brings to mind. What things can we give thanks to God for what he has taught us through the study of 2 Samuel?
Step 5: Reflect: I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God offerings that cost me nothing.