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2 Samuel 3

As David’s government grows stronger, Abner agrees to help unite Israel under David, but Joab kills him.

  • Was Abner genuine in what he sought?
  • What was Joab’s real motivation for killing Abner? Was he really concerned about David’s safety?
  • How does David ultimately respond to Joab’s actions (v. 39)?

2 Samuel 2

Judah anoints David king; civil war ignites between David and Saul’s son Ish-bosheth.

  • What can you see from this chapter about the inevitability of David’s reign?
  • The name Helkath-azzurim (v. 16) means “the field of sword-edges.”

2 Samuel 1

David is told of Saul and Jonathan’s deaths and sings a lament for them.

  • What do you think the Amalekite messenger expected from David? How does his account square with what really happened (1 Sam 31:4–5)?
  • In verse 21 of David’s lament he calls for God to judge Philistia. This is called an imprecation, a prayer for God’s judgment on His enemies. This is based on the Abrahamic and Mosaic Covenants (Gen 12:3; Deut 28:7).
  • Note in verse 23 that David did not gloat over Saul or speak ill of him. Do you remember what Saul did to David? What can you learn from this?

1 Samuel 31

Saul and his sons are slain in battle by the Philistines.

  • Here we read a sad account of how both the unrighteous (Saul) and the righteous (Jonathan) die.
  • Regardless of your character and standing before God, you will die someday. Are you ready for that day?

God is Infinite

This continues our study of God’s attributes. We have looked at God’s self-existence; today God’s infinity.

God is the infinite and perfect spirit,
in whom all things have their source, support, and end.

Describing and defining God’s infinity is done usually by describing by what He is not. This is because “in” attached to “finite” means “not”!

So it may be helpful to understand what “finite” means. If something is finite it has definite limits, is restricted to a particular location, or has boundaries on its actions or being.

When the Bible says God is infinite, then, it means that there are no limits, restrictions, or boundaries in creation on who God is or what He can do.

God is not limited by time or space—

  • God’s infinity with regard to time is called eternity
  • God’s infinity with regard to space is called omnipresence

None of God’s attributes are limited to a particular place. God is not limited in any way by the universe; he is not confined to it. God’s existence cannot be measured; he has no boundaries.

Scripture

1 Kings 8:27 “But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain You, how much less this house which I have built!”
Ps 147:5       “Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite”

Practical Application

  • There is no limit to God’s resources for the righteous. A child receives all the love parents can give, but they are limited by time, energy, resources, etc. God loves each individual Christian as if he were the only one He had to care for!
  • There is no limit to the wrath God will show toward the unrighteous in judgment. Experiencing the wrath of man is painful and difficult, but it is limited. Imagine being under the wrath of an infinite God! God will judge each individual sinner in hell as if he were the only one God had to punish. “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God,” (Heb 10:31).
  • There is no place where or time when believers cannot access God. Only an infinite God can hear any believer’s cry at any time in any place.

1 Samuel 30

The Amalekites attack Ziklag and take all that belongs to David and his men. David and his army successfully recover all and defeat the Amalekites.

  • In the opening verses of this chapter things don’t look too good for David.
  • How did David respond? What did he do to help him stay the course and do right?
  • Contrast David’s response to the situation with his army’s response—what motivated each? What can you learn from this?

1 Samuel 29

The Philistines forbid David and his men from fighting with them against Israel.

  • Verse 8 is puzzling, isn’t it? Would David have fought with the Philistines against Israel?
  • If so, what would that say about David’s true character?
  • If not, why would David have “lied” to Achish?

An account of a Revival of Religion in Harwinton, Conn., in the year 1799

This is a selection from New England Revivals As They Existed at the Close of the Eighteenth, and the Beginning of the Nineteenth Centuriescompiled by Bennet Tyler in 1846. This relates various instances from the Second Great Awakening, recorded in the Connecticut Evangelical Magazine. It is shared to encourage believers to pray for a similar great work of God’s grace, to learn what characterized genuine conversions, and how pastors guided such individuals.

This account was written by the Rev. Joshua Williams.

In the latter part of January and beginning of February, 1799, our meetings for public worship were very full, and more solemn than I had ever seen upon any occasion before. In the second week of February, I attended several meetings in neighboring societies, in company with a number of ministers. The Lord appeared to be present in a remarkable manner. On Friday I returned home, with two or three of my brethren. A lecture had been previously appointed. The congregation was very large, and the effects of the Word were very visible. In the evening, another sermon was preached, and some exhortations given. The effects were still more visible. It is believed that on this, and the two succeeding days, more than a hundred persons received deep impressions of their miserable state; and many of them were feelingly convicted of their total depravity of heart, and absolute helplessness. In the two following weeks, the solemnity, concern and conviction evidently increased. Many were brought to see that a selfish religion, such as theirs was, was unsafe; and that they must have a principle, higher than the fear of hell or desire of happiness, to prompt them in the path of life. Read More

1 Samuel 28

Fearful of the gathering Philistines and having no direction from God, Saul consults a medium to communicate with Samuel. Samuel tells Saul that he will die the next day.

  • Do you remember what the “Urim” was (v. 6)?
  • Was the medium expecting to see Samuel? What should that tell you about what happened here?
  • Note what Samuel says in verse 18 about the key responsibilities of the Theocratic king.

1 Samuel 27

David flees to a Philistine city and hides from Saul, raiding enemy cities.

  • Why did David flee?
  • What did David do while he was in Philistine territory? Was he trying to win the local Canaanite population to the Lord? Or something else? Why?

1 Samuel 26

David sneaks into Saul’s camp while they slept and took Saul’s sword and jug. David testifies of his own righteousness.

  • This chapter provides the basis for Psalm 54.
  • What did the Lord do to Saul and his soldiers? This provided a test for David—what could he have done? What would that have said about his character?
  • Note verse 23—David was controlled by a heart that loves God and is informed by the Word.

1 Samuel 25

Samuel dies. David asks Nabal for provisions and is rebuffed. David is kept from exacting vengeance by Nabal’s wife Abigail. Nabal dies and David marries Abigail.

  • Why did David call himself Nabal’s son in verse eight?
  • What does “Nabal” mean? How do you know?
  • What did David almost do? How would that have been different from his past actions toward Saul?