:: 2 Samuel 20 & 21 ::

I am going to give you some notes and questions to think through after you read both chapters.I’ll separate them by chapters below and then you can do personal worship questions on both chapters combined. Make sure to read the chapter first, write down your own questions/thoughts, and then read this 🙂


2 Samuel 20

The kingdom was split in to 2 kingdoms, the North and the South (easy to remember). David had brought them together in his earlier days. Now we see them falling apart. We ended chapter 19 with them pinned against each other.

Sheba = a Benjaminite, comes from the North. This is also where Saul (king before David, David’s enemy, wanted to kill David) was from. Shiba was most likely loyal to Saul’s reign, so he probably didn’t care for David too much anyways.

What 2 major things does David do in this chapter?

> Why would David put away the concubines? Did anyone else feel bad for them?

> Where else had we read about these same 10 concubines? (twice before). How were they used before?

I picture them in a dungeon for the rest of their lives. I am sure that was not the case. They still live in the palace of David, they are just no longer used.

Think through how that could be a good thing for both the concubines and David?

David now David uses his new in command, Amasa, to gather the men to talk of war against Sheba. Amasa doesn’t show, so David appoints Abishai in charge. Why not Joab?

On the way to track down Sheba, Joab, runs in to Amasa. He goes in to greet him but then murders him…and leaves his body there, with his guts hanging out. Oh and p.s., Joab and Amasa are cousins!!! Talk about family problems.

2 Samuel 21

Who stands out in this chapter?

What does David learn is the reason for the famine?

> you can find out why Saul was in the wrong for killing the Gibeonites in Joshua 9. There was a peace treaty made between them and Joshua (the Gibeon-Israel pact).

Rizpah = she was Saul’s concubine. After his death, Abner, the commander of the army, took her as his.

“Concubines aren’t consulted, they are used.” Does this change the way you thought of the concubines in chapter 20?

Now we see a woman that has been used and discarded, she’s had no voice, no say in her life, now influence the king! This is a big deal!

David hears her lonely cry on the mountain, mourning over her sons bodies. He’s moved to compassion and buries them.

“The storyteller makes us understand that it is not the Gibeonite sacrifices that break the famine, but Rizpah’s prayerful vigil and David’s compassionate burial.”

Rizpah seems to bring David back to his senses. Hopefully we will see a changed man in the weeks to come.


Day 1: While reading the chapters write down anything that stands out to you. This could be questions or thoughts.

Day 2: After reading these chapters, how do they call you to adore God? Are there things about God’s character that you’re seeing?

> In chapter 21 David has to give a sacrifice to atone for Saul’s sin. It made me ask the question, who will atone for David’s sin? Who atones for our sin?

Day 3: Take an uncomfortable moral inventory on your life? What are the sin issues that scripture is bringing to your mind?

> Think about how God is acting in these chapters. It’s behind the scenes, quiet, but powerful. I feel like we want God to come down and literally shake David awake to all that he’s done wrong, but we don’t see that.

We have to worship God for who he is, not the way we want him to.

How often do you worship God or pray to him to act or do something that you want him to?

Do you try to make God fit into your idea of him or do you truly seek to live your life for him no matter what?

Write a prayer of confession.

Day 4: What is God teaching you this week through your time spent with him?

{ pray }

spend some time this week praying for your school.while you walk down the halls of your school pray for your teachers, administration, principal, and fellow students.

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