These are my Answers to BSF Bible Study questions for People of the Promised Land Lesson 22 Day 2
3. David reacted to Absalom’s death with excessive sorrow.
David disregarded the army who saved his life, the lives of his other children, and the lives of his wives and concubines.
David took Absalom’s death personally. That’s understandable, but as the commander-in-chief of an entire nation now in chaos, he needed to pull himself together.
Grief took over. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to lose hope.
Joab rebuked David.
Joab reacted on behalf of the army and all Israel. Instead of returning in triumph, they came home ashamed and discouraged.
This is a sharp truth delivered with precision. Joab wanted David not only to see that he was foolish in his excessive grief, but he was also selfish. (David Guzik)
4. David returns to Jerusalem.
David forgave those who turned against him and went after another king. Many came out to greet him and escort him back to Jerusalem.
David left Israel as a desperate fugitive, rejected by the nation and hunted by his son Absalom. He came back escorted by thousands of enthusiastic supporters. (David Guzik)
God forgives us the same way. He doesn’t force us to return to him and make him our Lord and King. He gladly forgives us.
5. Encourage & strengthen myself in the Lord.
Remember that you are a Christian, and a Christian is expected to be more self-possessed than those who have no God to fly to.” (Spurgeon)
Remember to listen to advice and accept instruction, that [I] may gain wisdom… Proverbs 19:20 ESV
Be thankful and content.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 ESV
Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Philippians 4:13 MSG
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 ESV
This is the time to encourage each other to never be stubborn or hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:13 TPT
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