Conflicted – June 1, 2019

2 Samuel 18.1-19.10; John 20.1-31; Psalm 119.153-176; Proverbs 16.14-15

We know from what scripture says about David that he was a man after God’s own heart. We also know he was a man of integrity, honoring God even when it seemed to not make sense. We also know David was not without his faults and his family suffered the consequences of David’s sinful actions. And in the story today, we discover his deep love for his son, in spite of his sons actions towards him. How difficult would it have been to be David and love deeply, yet also know his love was aimed toward someone seeking to take his own life? What would you have done were you in David’s shoes?

Questions:

An unnamed man had more honor for David’s kingship and his son than some of the heros of David’s life. Why do you think this man who refused to kill God’s son is never mentioned by name? Why should he have received a greater honor than he did?

Why does seeing make believing so much easier? How do we believe when most of the time, we cannot see that in which we believe?

How does following laws and regulations revive someone, rather than causing them to be under a burden? Is this how you view God’s regulations?

What might cause a king to become angry and a deadly threat?

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