Brave Hearts Ministry

II Samuel


Memory Verse:

“Let thy name be magnified forever.” II Samuel 7:26

 

Key Facts

 

Author: Unknown

Why written: chronicles the reign of David; one of the twelve historical books of the Old Testament.

Key Lesson: God can use us even when we fall.

Important people: David (the most famous ancestor of Christ; Jesus is known as Son of David), Absalam, Ammon

When: between 1055 – 1015

 

Key Stories in Book

 

Personal relationship with Jesus            2 Samuel 6: 12-15

Importance of obeying God                 2 Samuel 6: 14-19

God can direct your path                      2 Samuel 9: 1-13

No one is perfect                                   2 Samuel 12: 9-13

Ability to forgive                                  2 Samuel 18: 6-9, 22: 1-4

 

Lesson #1 – Purpose of the ark – read 6: 12-15

 

“Now King David was told, ‘The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.’  So David went down and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.  When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.  David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.”

 

1.              What was the purpose of the Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament? (It was built for a place for God to dwell in it; it was considered holy ground and only priests could enter in it).

2.              Why do we not need an ark today? (We can ask Jesus to live in our hearts – we have replaced the ark and can have a direct relationship with him).

3.              Do we need a priest to talk to God for us or can we talk directly to God ourselves?

4.              How can we ask Jesus to live in our hearts? (Admit that we make some bad decisions – sin; ask God to forgive us; acknowledge that Jesus is Savior; invite Jesus into our hearts).

5.              How can having Jesus live in your heart help you make right decisions in your life?

 

Summary: In the Old Testament, God commanded the Israelites to build an ark so that he could dwell with his people.  Today, God can live within your heart and dwell with you.  You only need to ask.

 

 

Lesson #2 – Importance of Obeying God – read 6: 5-8

 

“David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, sistrums and cymbals.  When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled.  The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died there beside the ark of God.  Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.”

 

1.              Why did Uzzah die? (He disobeyed when he touched the ark).

2.              Why was King David so happy? (He knew God’s presence was with them again).

3.              David was given many talents by God.  He was an athlete, a musician, a writer, a military officer, and a king.  What are some talents that God has given you?

4.              How can you develop your talents?

5.              How can God use your talents for his purpose?

 

Summary: One of the most important things that we can do as Christians is to obey.  We need to obey God, our parents, our teachers, and anyone in authority.  When we obey, God can use our talents for his glory.

 

Lesson #3 – God can direct your path – read 5:1-5

 

“All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, ‘We are your own flesh and blood.  In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns.  And the Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’

 

 When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a compact with them at Hebron before the Lord and they anointed David king over Israel.

 

David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years.  In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.”

 

1.              Who is Jonathan? (King Saul’s son)

2.              What happened to King Saul? (killed in battle)

3.              David was appointed King after Saul was killed.  When King David was obedient to God, God would direct his path. How can God direct your path?

4.              What are some decisions that you can pray about for God’s guidance?

5.              Do you have any ideas on how God might call you to serve him? (give the kids some ideas on how God has guided your own path).

 

Summary: God will link the talents he has given you with the desires of your heart.  Pray that God will direct your path to his preferred path.

 

Lesson #4 – No one is perfect, not even David – read 12: 7-13

 

 “Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man!  This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul.  I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms.  I gave you the house of Israel and Judah.  And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.  Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes?  You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own.  You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.  Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

 

            Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’”

 

1.              Is there anybody that you know who is perfect?

2.              Who are some good role models in your life?

3.              What areas do we often fail in? (Lying, getting angry, not obeying our parents, bad attitudes).

4.              When we fail, what should we do? (Ask forgiveness from God, ask forgiveness from people we have hurt).

5.              How do you ask for forgiveness? (Apologize for the action, ask the purpose to please forgive you – you can practice this in your small group)

6.              Does God use people who are not perfect? (Yes – look at King David).

7.              Can God use people who are deliberately disobedient and follow a life of poor choices? (No – you have to try and follow the principles within the bible).

 

Summary – God uses us in spite of our short-comings.  He will use you for his purpose if you strive to follow him.

 

 

Lesson #5 – Ability to forgive – read 13:28-31, 37-38

 

“Absalom ordered his men, ‘Listen!  When Ammon is in high spirits from drinking wine and I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down,’ then kill him.  Don’t be afraid.  Have not I given you this order?  Be strong and brave.’  So Absalom’s men did to Amnon what Absalom had ordered.  Then all the king’s sons got up, mounted their mules and fled.

           

 While they were on their way, the report came to David: ‘Absalom has struck down all the king’s sons; not one of them is left.’  The king stood up, tore his clothes and lay down on the ground; and all his servants stood by with their clothes torn.

 

Absalom fled and went to Talmai son of Ammihud, the king of Geshur.  But King David mourned for his son every day.

 

After Absalom fled and went to Geshur, he stayed there three years.  And the spirit of the king longed to go to Absalom, for he was consoled concerning Amnon’s death.’

 

1.              Who were Absalom and Ammon? (King David’s sons).

2.              Who killed Ammon? (Absalom was angry with Ammon, lost his temper, and had him killed).

3.              How do you think King David felt when he found out that Absalom had killed Ammon? (He grieved deeply)

4.              What happened to Absalom after he killed Ammon? (He hid from King David out of fear)

5.              What was King David’s response to Absalam? (He forgave him).

6.              Is forgiveness an easy thing to do?

7.              Is forgiveness something God wants us to do? (Yes, Jesus died on the cross so that we can have forgiveness of all of our sins.  He paid the price for all of us.  Because of this – we need to forgive others).

8.              Is there someone that you need to forgive today? (Pray that God will give each child the courage to forgive).

 

Summary – King David was able to forgive his son through the grace that only God can give us.  If he can forgive, how about us?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The scriptures used for this study were taken from the “Young Women of Faith Bible New International Version published in 2001 by the Zondervan Corporation.


Posted 1.9.09