1. Compare 2 Samuel 24:1 to 1 Chronicles 21:1. If God is holy, perfect and sinless, can God actually tempt people into committing sin? How do these passages compare to Adam and Eve in the garden?
2. It seems reasonable that any nation should know its resources and population. So how did David sin? (See also Exodus 30:11-16.) How did the idols of comfort, security and power factor into David’s decision? Why is idolatry such an affront to God?
3. Comparing this account to the account of David’s sin against Bathsheba and Uriah, what was the same? What was different? Were there any signs of David having spiritually matured?
4. What did the 3 choices of consequences offered to David say about trusting man versus trusting God? How did David’s choice and subsequent plea for “the sheep” attest to what he had learned?
5. Why was the location of the altar of sacrifice significant? Why did David not take up Araunah on his offer? How does this all point to Christ? What does this also say about our “sacrifices”?
6. Throughout 1 and 2 Samuel, we have seen that despite David’s failures and triumphs, his sin and devotion, his ups and downs, God remained faithful and kept his promises to David, and God called him, “….a man after his heart.” How does David’s story encourage you to persist in seeking God? What does it teach us about repentance? What does it teach us about God’s faithfulness and promises? What does it encourage you to pray?
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