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Absalom's Rebellion

2 Samuel 13-18

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Opening Prayer

Amnon and Tamar (2 Samuel 13)
    What preoccupied the thoughts of David's oldest son, Amnon?
      2 Samuel 13:1-2
    What advice did Amnon take from cousin Jonadab to get Tamar into his house?
      2 Samuel 13:3, 6-7

    How did Tamar respond to Amnon's advances after making bread for him?
      2 Samuel 13:11-13
    How did Amnon respond to Tamar's pleas?
      2 Samuel 13:14-16

    How did this change Tamar's life?
      2 Samuel 13:18-20
    How did David and Absalom feel about what had happened?
      2 Samuel 13:21-22

Absalom Kills Amnon (2 Samuel 13)
    When and how did Absalom get his revenge on Amnon?
      2 Samuel 13:23, 28

    How was this action interpreted by Absalom's brothers and the people?
      2 Samuel 13:29-31
    Why would Absalom have killed Amnon first?
      2 Samuel 3:2-5
    Who understood what had really happened and why?
      2 Samuel 13:32-33

    Where did Absalom flee?
      2 Samuel 13:37-38
    Who was Talmai?
      2 Samuel 3:3b

Absalom Returns (2 Samuel 14)
    Did David remain bitter against Absalom?
      2 Samuel 13:39
    Who devised a scheme to convince David it was okay to let Absalom return?
      2 Samuel 14:1-3

    What story did the woman give David?
      2 Samuel 14:5-7, 11
    In what situation had a similar tactic been used with David?
      2 Samuel 12:1-5, 9
    How did the woman use David's faith to convince him to bring Absalom back?
      2 Samuel 14:13-14

    Was the woman correct in saying that God does not support capital punishment?
      Genesis 9:6
    Was the woman correct about God finding ways to reconcile the banished?
      Romans 5:6-11 (Ephesians 2:13)
    Did David accept the argument?
      2 Samuel 14:21, 23-24

    How desperately did Absalom want to see his father?
      2 Samuel 14:28-31
    Why did Absalom want to see David so badly?
      2 Samuel 14:32
    Did Absalom receive the full forgiveness he wanted?
      2 Samuel 14:33

King Absalom (2 Samuel 15)
    As the oldest prince of Judah, could Absalom be sure he would become king?
      1 Samuel 23:16-17
    How did Absalom make himself appear to the people as the heir apparent?
      2 Samuel 15:1
    Did Absalom look like a king?
      2 Samuel 14:25-26
    What did Absalom do to win the people's hearts?
      2 Samuel 15:2-4
      2 Samuel 15:5-6

    How long did Absalom prepare for his coup and where did he begin his reign?
      2 Samuel 15:7, 10
    Were Absalom's supporters knowing accomplices to his coup?
      2 Samuel 15:11-12
    Why was it important for Absalom to enlist Ahithophel?
      2 Samuel 16:23

David Flees (2 Samuel 15, 16)
    Why did David run away when he heard of Absalom's coup?
      2 Samuel 15:13-14
    How did the people react when they saw David and his entourage leaving?
      2 Samuel 15:23, 30

    Was anyone happy to see David leave?
      2 Samuel 16:5-8
    Was Shimei's cursing justified?
      2 Samuel 9:3, 7
    Why didn't David let Abishai kill Shimei?
      2 Samuel 16:9-12

    Why didn't David take the ark of the covenant with him?
      2 Samuel 15:24-26
    What lesson had David obviously learned from the past?
      1 Samuel 4:10-11

Absalom's First Act as King (2 Samuel 16)
    What was Absalom's first act to secure his kingship?
      2 Samuel 16:15, 20-22
    Who had been accused of claiming the kingdom by taking Saul's concubine?
      2 Samuel 3:6-7
    How did this fulfill David's punishment for killing Uriah to get Bathsheba?
      2 Samuel 12:11-12

David's Spy Network (2 Samuel 16, 17)
    What kind of spy network did David set up in Jerusalem?
      2 Samuel 15:27-28
      2 Samuel 15:32-37
    Was Hushai successful in frustrating Ahithophel's advice?
      2 Samuel 17:6-7, 14
    How did Ahithophel react when Absalom took Hushai's poor advice?
      2 Samuel 17:23

    Did Hushai follow his role as spy for David?
      2 Samuel 17:15-16
    How were Jonathan & Ahimaaz nearly caught before getting word to David?
      2 Samuel 17:17-20
    Where did David go after receiving Hushai's message?
      2 Samuel 17:21-22, 24, 26

The Battle (2 Samuel 18)
    Why didn't David march out with the troops to battle Absalom?
      2 Samuel 18:2-4
    What command did David give to the troops before the battle?
      2 Samuel 18:5
    How did God give victory to David?
      2 Samuel 18:6-8

    What happened to Absalom?
      2 Samuel 18:9
    Why didn't the soldier who saw this kill Absalom?
      2 Samuel 18:10-13
    Did Joab keep David's command and bring Absalom in safely?
      2 Samuel 18:14-16
    What monument did Joab erect for Absalom?
      2 Samuel 18:17
    Was this the kind of monument Absalom would have wanted?
      2 Samuel 18:18

David's Reaction (2 Samuel 18, 19)
    What was David's first concern after being told of his victory?
      2 Samuel 18:31-32
    Did David celebrate his victory?
      2 Samuel 18:33

    How did this affect the people who had fought for David?
      2 Samuel 19:2-3
    Why did this upset Joab so greatly?
      2 Samuel 19:5-7
    Did David understand Joab's concern?
      2 Samuel 19:8

Closing Prayer

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