Discussion Guide | DAVID | The Civil War | 2 Samuel 13-17

Gathering Question: 

What is one way you have seen God at work in your life this past week? 

Gathering Prayer. 

Father, by Your Spirit, would you guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

2 Samuel 13:1-21

  • Focus on verse 21. Why do you think David gets mad, but doesn’t hold Amnon accountable? 

2 Samuel 13:22-39

  • Amnon and Absalom mirror David’s behavior in 2 Samuel 11-12: sexual sin and violence. How have you seen sin pass from one generation to the next? 

2 Samuel 16:5-14

  • Put yourself in David’s shoes. What do you think he is feeling as he is forced to flee Jerusaelm? 

Psalm 3

  • What words or phrases stand out to you from this Psalm? Why? 
  • Three times David writes about deliverance (or could also be translated as salvation). Knowing the context that this is written about David fleeing from his son Absalom, what do you think “deliverance” meant for David? 
  • Verse 8 says, “From the Lord comes deliverance.” The root word for deliverance is where we get the name Jesus (meaning the LORD saves). How do you see God’s grace and invitation to Jesus reflected in this tragic time in David’s family? 
  • What does this Psalm and prayer for deliverance teach us about God, ourselves, and the world? 

Closing Prayer