Discussion Guide | DAVID | The Census | 2 Samuel 24

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 24:1-9

  • How do you understand the first verse? Does the Lord cause David to sin? Read Romans 1:18-32. How is God giving people over to their sin an act of God’s judgment?
  • What do you think is motivating David to take the census? 

Psalm 20

  • Focus on v7. How would you say this verse today? What would you replace “chariots” and “horses” with for modern people? 
  • Compare David’s writing in Psalm 20 (or David as a young man facing Goliath) to the man who wanted to count all his fighting men. What do you think has changed in David’s life? 
  • What does this change teach us about the nature of accumulation, success, and prosperity? 
  • Do you relate to the change we see in David?

2 Samuel 24:10-35

  • David is once again quick to confess and repent. What does this teach us about David’s leadership? 
  • In your experience, do most leaders demonstrate a heart that is quick to confess and repent? Why or why not? 
  • The Temple of the Lord that Solomon builds will be built on the sight of David’s altar and repentance (2 Chronicles 3:1). Why is that significant? What does that teach us about the character of God?

Closing Prayer