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Introduction.

In this series we will study 1 Samuel 24-26. We follow David, Israel’s future king, as he experiences mistreatment. As God’s man, David sets a great example in responding to these unfair situations. 

 

 

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SERIES TITLE: Mistreated: Godly Living in an Unfair World:

SESSION TWO: Leaving Revenge Behind

TEXT: 1Samuel 25

INTRODUCTION.

In this series we will study 1 Samuel 24-26. We follow David, Israel’s future king, as he experiences mistreatment. As God’s man, David sets a great example in responding to these unfair situations. 

DISCUSSION.

When you get angry, which are you most like: (a) Match on gasoline? (b) Slow-burning fuse? (c) Smoldering underground fire?

EXAMINATION.

Vv.1-8 Why does the text bother to tell us that David went farther into the desert at this time?

Consider David’s request of Nabal. Does it sound like a “shakedown”? Why or why not?

vv.9-11 What does Nabal’s response say about him?

Do you detect: Sarcasm? Genuine ignorance of David’s identity? Fear?

Vv.12-13 Why does David respond so violently?

Vv.14-17 What do we learn from the servant’s version of events?

Vv.18-31 Does Abigail do the right thing in interceding for her husband? What might have happened if she hadn’t?

Abigail asks David to forgive. What did forgiveness mean in this situation?

What do you think of Abigail’s description of David’s intended revenge? She calls it “the staggering burden of needless bloodshed or of having avenged himself.”

Vv.32-35 How does David affirm Abigail’s words?

Vv.36-44 Was it right for David to praise the Lord for Nabal’s death?

Why doesn’t God always settle injustice this way?

APPLICATION.  

  • We all need spiritual influencers. (Samuel and Abigail were David’s) Who is your “Abigail,” who influences you, and whom do you influence?
  • Revenge is about acting as your own savior. How do we go about trying to save ourselves by retaliation?
  • Anne Lamott says “Forgiveness means it finally becomes unimportant that you hit back.” Is that an accurate definition? Why or why not?
  • How are we tempted to take revenge?
  • When was the last time you gave someone “what was coming to them”?
  • How faithful are you in leaving revenge to God?
  • To leave revenge behind, we must SEND GOD THE BILL. Read Romans 12:19 and discuss how we can do that.

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