King David’s life was filled with highs and lows. During one of the lowest points in his life, David was given the opportunity to try to force God to help him. He chose not to. Why? What can we learn from him? Pastor Luke looks at 2 Samuel 15:13–30 in “Uprising,” part 6 of his 7-part series “The Saga of the Lost Ark.”
Questions to Consider
OPEN. 1. What political revolution of the last century do you know the most about? Was it successful or unsuccessful? Did it benefit the people of that country? What is one interesting fact about it?
UNPACK. 2. Read about Prince Absalom’s estrangement from King David in 2 Samuel 14: 32–15: 5. How much does it justify Absalom’s decision to try to usurp the throne from David? Why or why not?
3. David and Saul before him were the first kings of Israel, replacing a long tradition of judges. What does Absalom’s behavior in 15: 3–4 suggest about popular support for the new monarchy? What does it say about David’s skills and priorities as a king during peacetime?
4. What does David do when he learns of Absalom’s revolt? (15: 13–14) What are some alternatives can you imagine him considering before he decided on that one? What makes it a difficult choice?
5. Why did Zadok and Abiathar bring the Ark of the Lord out of the city? If David had asked them, what would they have said? Why did he tell them to return the Ark? How was it the right thing for him to do personally? —to do professionally, as the king of Israel?
6. Psalm 3 is thought to be David’s prayer during Absalom’s uprising. What does it suggest about God’s help in hard times? (Consider v. 5)
APPLY. 7. When have you wanted God to help you with a problem? How were you like Zadok? How were you like David?
8. By returning the Ark, David refuses to manipulate God (15: 26) but he acts decisively (15: 14). Think of a problem you’re facing. How can you act decisively while still leaving room for God to help you?