21. The Falls and Recoveries of David

Reaching a new high as king, David’s integrity takes a deep dive. After a shining start, he faces a sudden fall and eventually a stuttering recovery.

Presentation Overview

2 Samuel, 1 Kings 1,2

  • Objectives
  • A Shining Start
  • A Stunning Fall
  • A Stuttering Recovery
  • Video
  • Recap
  • Discussion

Objectives

To:

  • Realize that the most faithful believer is vulnerable to fall
  • Understand the tripping points in David’s life and avoid them
  • Realize what is irrecoverable and what can be recovered in a fall

A Shining Start - Forgave Enemy

Read 2 Samuel 1-4

  • Wept over Saul’s death and avenged it (ch 1)
  • Kept his promise to his friend Jonathan (ch 4)
  • Avenged the death of Ishbosheth (ch 4)

 

A Shining Start - Feared the Lord

Read 2 Samuel 6

Danced before the ark of the Lord, oblivious of self – ch 6:14,15.

A Stunning Fall - Cover up/ Deceit

  • Started with Abimelech (1Sam 21:2).
  • Continued with Achish (1 Sam 27:9-11)
  • Culminated with Uriah (2 Sam 11:10)

A Stunning Fall - Carnality to Covetousness

  • Abigail (1 Sam 25:39-41) – after her husband’s death
  • Michal (2 Sam 3:14) – while her husband was alive
  • Multiplied concubines and wives (2 Samuel 5:13)
  • Uriah’s wife (2 Sam 11:4) – after causing her husband’s death

A Stunning Fall - Cruelty/ Murder

  • Angry enough to kill Nabal (1 Sam 25: 22, 39)
  • Actually got Uriah murdered (2 Sam 11:17)

A Stunning Fall - Census

  • Relied more on schemes – culminating in Numbering the people (2 Samuel 24)

A Stuttering Recovery

David’s Response

  • His sin, not God’s punishment Ps 38:4
  • His hope, not arguments/ questions Ps 38:14,15
  • His confidence in God’s vindication, not doubt (Ps 38:20)

A Stuttering Recovery

2 Samuel 24:14 – “It is better to fall into the hands of God than into the hands of man.”

David’s Restoration

  • Kingdom established (Present and future)
  • Dies in honour
  • Immortalized as “Man after God’s own heart”

Discussion

  • How could a man of God fall so hard?
  • In spite of his serious lacunae in morals how was David a benchmark for all other kings?

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