David's Last Days

To Remember: David trusts in God's mercy

Lesson     2 Samuel 19-24

2 Sam. 19:14 As David returns after Absalom’s rebellion, Israel’s 10 tribes and Judah’s 2 tribes become jealous and spiteful (which foreshadows their future split).

19:41 Sheba leads a rebellion against David that David fears greatly. 20:6

Act Out: Sheba hid in a fortified town where a wise woman lived. She knew many people would die until Sheba was turned over. So she convinced the city leaders to turn Sheba over to Joab.

24:4 Later, David becomes curious about how many soldiers he could muster in Israel and demands they be counted. Joab resisted. He knew Israel’s power rested in God, not the people. But David counted.

24:10 David was sorry he had done this and asked forgiveness. God gave three consequences to chose from: 1) 3 years famine, 2) 30 days flight, 3) 3 days plague.

Activity: Compare these lengths of time visually - with dots on a page, lengths of string, etc.

24:14 David said, Lord, even in your wrath you are merciful, I leave the choice to you.

Discussion Point: David’s sin was not to depend on God when counting soldiers. Now he demonstrates total dependence by letting God choose. David was certain that even when angry, God’s choice would be merciful. (In 24:1 we see that God was unhappy with the people)

God chose 3 days famine and 70,000 died. David sorrowed very greatly and begged for mercy from the angel God sent. He was told to build an altar, and so he bought the location and materials for the altar, even though the owner offered to give it to him. 2 Sam 24:24

Discussion Point: David said he would not give to God that which meant nothing to him. Discuss what it means to give something you don’t care about.

Activity: Demonstrate dependence. Buddy up the students. Have one of each pair put on a blindfold. Then have the other guide them in some activity (walking around the room, drawing a picture, picking up and moving objects, etc). Switch roles. Discuss how they were dependent on each other when they could not see. Discuss how God can see things we can’t and can guide us.

Sing: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

Vocabulary: Dependence - needing someone or something

Memory Work:

2 Samuel 24:14 "Let us now fall into the hand of the Lord; for his mercies are great."

True or False
  1. David’s rule was never challenged. F
  2. The wise woman could figure out what would happen. T
  3. Israel and Judah couldn’t get along. T
  4. Our strength is in God. T
  5. God has little mercy for mistakes. F
Review Questions for gameboard

 linguistic questions
  1. Define repent.
  2. Define dependence.
  3. Name 2 people in lesson.
  activity questions
  1. Draw an altar.
  2. Act out David seeing the angel.
  3. Lead us in a short prayer of thanks to God.
  emotion questions
  1. David felt ________ of Sheba’s rebellion.
  2. David felt _______ for counting the people.
  3. David had compassion on _________.
application questions
  1. Should we depend on our own abilities, or on God?
  2. How did David handle the rebellious Israelites?
  3. If God is merciful when angry, should we fear repentance?
fact questions
  1. Who led a rebellion against David?
  2. David counted what?
  3. David chose which option?
review questions
  1. Why was it wrong to count people?
  2. Who backed Sheba’s rebellion?
  3. Who did David see?