Posted by Murray Smith

 

Sunday Message for this bible study available at www.summerstrandunited.co.za

 

  1. Pinnacle of Power

 

Read 2 Sam 11:1-4

Some being movies made of David & Bathsheba have tried to portray David being bewitched by a cunning, enchanting woman who knew he would be enjoy out enjoying the breeze at that spring evening. However, as we take a closer look at the passage we notice David is at the pinnacle of his power; he has fought many military battles to elevate his position, perhaps now he can afford to take things easy. He seems to have lost some of his cutting edge military strategizing and replaced it with a less noble kind … When he saw ( vs 2) … David sent (vs 3) … then David sent messengers to get her (vs 4).

Discussion

Who was Eliam most likely to be? (2 Sam 23:34); (2 Sam 16:23)

Does David show any concern that Bathsheba is someone’s daughter, someone’s wife?

How does this contrast to Jesus’ teaching in Mat 5:27-28?

 

  1. Making things Worse

Read 2 Sam 11:5-27

What to do after the conquest is over? David hopes all will return to normal and the marriage of Uriah and Bathsheba will continue. The invitation for rest, relaxation and sleeping in his own bed must have been tempting for the battle weary Uriah. Note that “wash your feet” (vs 8), is a euphemism for sex, so that nine months later when a baby arrived no one would be the wiser.

Discussion

How many times does the passage mention Uriah as a Hittite? Why would the narrator take such pains to emphasise this fact? Initially the powerful kings plans fail because of the character of this man – how does the passage portray his character in contrast to David?

In light of the Sunday message, reflect on how this story may have unfolded differently had David adopted the servant-leader model Jesus portrayed in John 13? Talk about practical examples of ways we can “follow the pattern” Jesus provided in this passage.

  1. Coming Clean

Read 2 Sam 12:1-14

For a season David felt he had succeeded. Nathan the prophet is like an ancient detective Columbo, uncovering the evil deed, then sent by God to courageously confront the powerful king. He catches the king off guard through his story telling; while David is drawn into the trap which is sprung with the words … You are the man! (vs 7). David’s guilt is exposed as he sees things for the first time from God’s perspective. Notice how Nathan does not confront Bathsheba, so regardless of how she felt, she was not to blame.

Discussion

What is the significance of vs 13? Look together at Psalm 51 which is reveals more of David’s heart in regard to this sin as well as God’s heart over our sin.

Pray together asking God to help you “come clean” and rejoice again in the Spirit.