David was only thirty years old when he became king. He ruled in Hebron over the house of Judah for seven years (2:4). Saul's son Ish-Bosheth ruled for two years over the rest of the tribes of Israel (v. 10). Chapters 2 through 4 tell us about the war between the house of David and the house of Saul. In chapter 5 we read that the elders of Israel came to David and anointed him king over all Israel (5:3). Then David conquered Jerusalem and took up residence in the City of David (vv. 6-12).
As a good king, David was a righteous ruler and kept God's covenants. 'David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people” (8:15). He showed kindness to Jonathan's son, Mephibosheth (9:7-13). He brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem (6:1-19). David loved the Lord and wanted to please Him. However, David also committed adultery and murder. God loved David very much and forgave him every time he repented, just as He forgives us when we are truly sorry for our sins.
God made wonderful promises to David in chapter 7. He spoke to the prophet Nathan and told him to tell David that David's name would be great, 'like the names of the greatest men of the earth” (v. 9). God also promised that David's son would be a great king and that he, not David, would build a house for God, and his kingdom would endure forever (vv. 12-13).
David was overwhelmed by the magnitude of God's promises to him. He humbly responded in a prayer of gratitude (vv. 18-29).
Chapters 8 and 10 tell us of King David's victories over Israel's enemies in the surrounding areas, including his triumph over the Philistines.
Chapter 11 contains one of the most famous stories about King David, the story of David and Bathsheba. David made several mistakes. First, he sent his army into battle and did not go with them. Second, when he noticed a very beautiful woman, Bathsheba, bathing at her house, he lusted after her. Her husband, Uriah, was a soldier in David's army and was out fighting a war. Third, David sent for her and they slept together, and she became pregnant. Fourth, David tried to cover up his sin. He immediately sent a messenger to get Uriah from the battlefield. David wanted Uriah to sleep with his wife so Uriah would think that the baby conceived was his. But Uriah slept at the door with the servants and not with his wife.
David sent Uriah back with a message to Joab, the leader of the army: ''Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die'” (11:15). Uriah was killed in battle and David was guilty of murder.
When Bathsheba heard the news, she mourned for her husband. 'After the time of mourning was over, David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife and bore him a son” (11:27).
Nathan the prophet went to David and told him a story about a very rich man who stole a poor family's only lamb and killed it to feed his traveling guest (12:1-4). David angrily told the prophet that the rich man deserved to die and that he must pay for the lamb four times over (12:5-6).
'Then Nathan said to David, 'You are the man!'” (12:7). Because of David's sin, God struck the baby with an illness and the baby died (12:15-18).
God later gave David and Bathsheba a son, Solomon, who grew up to be the greatest, smartest and wealthiest king who had ever lived! Verse 24 tells us the Lord loved Solomon.
David also had a son named Absalom, who conspired to steal the kingdom from David (15:1-12). David finally had to flee for his life. Absalom was later defeated and died (18:14-15). When David heard the news, he mourned for his son (18:33). Good or bad, Absalom was still his son and David loved him.
In chapter 22 we find David's song of praise that he sang to the Lord when the Lord delivered him from all his enemies and from Saul.
David's life shows us that we need to be strong, honest and faithful to God.
Be sure to read the entire book to glean from it all that the Lord tells us. Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.
2 Samuel Worksheet
David was only ______ years old when he became king, and he ruled for _____ years.
Chapters 2 through 4 tell us about the war between the house of _____ and the house of ____.
The ______ of Israel came to David and anointed him king over all Israel (5:3).
Then David conquered _________ and took up residence in the City of David (5:6-12).
David loved the Lord and wanted to please Him. He kept God's _________ and was a righteous ruler, 'doing what was just and _____ for all his people” (8:15).
He brought the Ark of the Covenant back to _________ (6:1-19).
David also committed adultery and ______, but God forgave him every time he repented, just as He ________ us when we are truly sorry for our sins.
God told David that his ____ would be great, 'like the names of the greatest men of the earth” (7:9).
God promised that David's ___ would be a great king and that he would build a house for God, and his kingdom would endure _______ (7:12-13).
David humbly responded in a prayer of _________ (7:18-29).
David sent his ____ into battle and did not go with them (11:1).
When David saw _________, he sent for her and they slept together. She became pregnant (11:2-5).
David wanted _____ to sleep with his wife so Uriah would think that the ____ conceived was his.
David tried to _____ up his sin by having Uriah killed. David was guilty of ______.
Because of David's ___, God struck the baby with an illness and the baby ____ (12:15-18).
God later gave David and Bathsheba a son, _______, and the Lord loved _______ (12:24).
_______ conspired to steal the kingdom from David, but was later defeated and died (18:14-15).
David's life shows us that we need to be strong, ______ and faithful to ___.
Memory Verse: 'Arise, O LORD! Deliver me, O my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked” (Psalm 3:7).
Go to the Word
Go to the Word
Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.
2 Samuel 13:21 2 Samuel 13:38 2 Samuel 3:6 2 Samuel 7:24
2 Samuel 14:28 2 Samuel 7:16 2 Samuel 8:2 2 Samuel 5:22
'Absalom _____ two years in Jerusalem without seeing the king's face.” 2 Samuel ______
'After Absalom ____ and went to Geshur, he stayed there three years.” 2 Samuel ______
'David also ________ the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground 2 Samuel ______
and measured them off with a length of cord.”
''You have established your people ______ as your very own forever, and 2 Samuel ______
you, O LORD, have become their God.'”
'Once more the ___________ came up and spread out in the Valley of 2 Samuel ______
'During the war _______ the house of Saul and the house of David, Abner 2 Samuel ______
had been strengthening his own position in the house of Saul.”
''Your house and your _______ will endure forever before me; your throne 2 Samuel ______
will be established forever.'”
'When King _____ heard all this, he was furious.” 2 Samuel ______