Step 1: Opening and Introduction to the lesson – Personal Testimonies from last week’s study and Reflection: If you could be the very first person to do something, what would that something be? What does it feel like to be the bearer of good news? Is it a privilege to be the first to share good news? When have you waited nervously awaiting word about a family member’s welfare?
Step 2: Hear – Read: David Mourns: 2 Samuel 18:19 thru 19:8.
Step 3: Explore – Discover the Passage
- Why does Ahimaaz persist in his request (28:19-23)? What does the choice of messenger depend upon: Favoritism? Running Ability? Eagerness? The content of the particular message? Ability to be discreet?
- Trace David’s thinking: On what is he likely focusing before sighting the messengers? After sighting them? After hearing the first? The second? After receiving Joab’s rebuke?
- Why is David so preoccupied with Absalom’s safety with so little concern for his own? Knowing this, what do Joab (18:20) and Ahimaaz (18:28-29) seek to do? Instead of cushioning the blow, what does the Cushite do and why?
- Is Joab justified in his rebuke of David (19:5-7)? Why or why not?
Step 4: Connect – Apply the Passage:
- What would you have said to David, or to your army, if you were faced with the morale problem described by Joab?
B. From what enemies has God recently delivered you? If delivered from your current enemy, what would you do without any more excuses or scapegoats? If that enemy is no longer a threat, with what new set of problems must you now contend?
C. With what have you been preoccupied lately? If the worst-case scenario comes to pass, what will happen? Then what will you do? What role does your Christian faith and your church play in this regard?
D. Describe a victory celebration which someone dampened with a wet blanket. How were you kept from rejoicing?
Step 5: Reflect: You love those who hate you, and hate those who love you.
Our 9:00AM Sunday Bible Study is our normal study hour. I will also open a conference line at 9:00 am, so that we can still, “meet together.”
Our normal cadence is:
- Brief discussion previous week, with thought question that will tie into the lesson.
- Open with prayer
- Read the section of scripture. Try to let everyone read a few verses, but will modify that due to being on the phone.
- Work through the prepared questions … at our own pace.
- Close with prayer after ~ 50 minutes.
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