by M. Moses Kang
2 Samuel Lesson 4 (2022)
DAVID A SHEPHERD KING OVER ALL ISRAEL
2 Samuel 4:1-5:25
Key Verse: 5:2b-3
How do people try to gain favor and influence with influential people?
Read verses 1-7. How did Israel and its leader react to the death of Abner? (1) Who were the two leaders of Israel’s raiding bands? (2-3) How did Mephibosheth become crippled? (4) After Abner’s death, what happened to Ish-Bosheth? (4:1, 5-7)
Read verses 8-12. How did David react when Ish-Bosheth’s head was brought to him? (8-12a) How did David treat Ish-Bosheth after his death? (12b) Review how David dealt with Abner, Joab and Recab, and Baanah. In what respect did David try to unite Judah and Israel? (3:36-37, 4:1-12)
Read verses 5:1-2. Of what common history did the leaders of Israel remind David when they came to make him king? (1-2) Why did God want a shepherd-like king for his people? (1 Sa. 12:12b; 13:14; Ps. 23:1; Isa. 40:11)
Read verses 3-5. After years of fighting between Israel and Judah, what significant event occurred at Hebron? (3) How long was David king over both Israel and Judah? (5)
In what way can you resist defending yourself and letting God deliver you? How practical way can you honor someone you were close to who is now dead?