Promised Land Lesson 20 Day 4

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These are my Answers to BSF Bible Study questions for People of the Promised Land Lesson 20 Day 4

2 Samuel 12:1-23

Psalm 51 

10. God sends Nathan to confront David.

Nathan’s story—

  • Bathsheba was Uriah’s precious lamb.
  • David stole the lamb. “Adultery and sexual immorality are theft – taking something that does not belong to us.” (Guzik)
  • Delivered God’s verdict and the consequences.
  • Conveyed God’s forgiveness and mercy.

David’s response—

  • Receptive to Nathan and believed he heard from God
  • Showed compassion toward the poor man in Nathan’s story
  • Got angry at the man who took the poor man’s lamb (righteous indignation)
  • Remembered the law requires restitution
  • Acted as if he despised God’s commandments
  • Actions showed he was ungrateful
  • Upon hearing God’s verdict, David immediately pleaded guilty.
  • Did not defend himself or his actions
  • Most kings would execute someone who confronted them this way.
  • Believed God is loving, kind, and merciful
  • Pleaded with God for the child’s life and fasted lying on the ground for seven days, it seems

When being confronted for sin

  • Listen
  • Consider the authority and integrity of the one who is confronting us.
  • Don’t get into an argument or become defensive.
  • Be humble.
  • Admit guilt.
  • Repent.

When confronting someone else

  • Be certain God says we should.
  • Seek to restore their relationship with God.
  • Ask God what to say and how to say it. Speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15)
  • Confront privately. (Matthew 18:15)
  • If he or she won’t listen, take someone else with you the next time. (Matthew 18:16-17)

11. David believed God is—

  • Merciful
  • Kind
  • Love
  • Compassionate
  • Gracious
  • Forgiving
  • Just

So thankful for Jesus!

He took the punishment I deserve. There is now no condemnation whatsoever. (Romans 8:1)

Psalm 51 – The Badness of David versus the Goodness of God

David was under the law of sin and death. We are under the law of the Spirit of life. (Romans 8:1-4)

12. I am not condemned. (Romans 8:1) I’m forgiven. (1 John 2:12)

Repent quickly

Repent! To repent means to change your mind, to agree with God, and to see things from His point of view. Repentance is not feeling sorry for yourself. Judas was so sorry for his sin he killed himself, but he never repented. Repentance is not a feeling of remorse; it’s a change of mind. The fruit of repentance will be seen in what you do after you change your mind.

Repentance restores me to fellowship with God.

He didn’t leave me. I wandered off.

As soon as I turn toward him, he’s running to meet me.


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