1 Samuel, 2 Samuel,
1 Kings, 2 Kings,
1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles,
Why study Old Testament history ?
- The New Testament constantly refers back to it
- The Old Testament prophets can only be understood in context
- People are still the same and we have many lessons to learn from Old Testament characters
e.g. Jonah - you cannot escape from God
- The cycle of Old Testament history is complete
The birth, development, prime, decline, disintegration and regeneration of a nation are recorded there and any society can see its current state mirrored in some phase of Israel's history and can see how God worked within it
Can you identify the peaks and troughs of Old Testament history in the diagram in the top right?
- Much of the history of the Old Testament revolves around some major characters and there is one who is the most significant of all, King David.
We see the best aspects of David's character in 1 Samuel 24.
- Since Saul was trying to kill him do you think David got things out of proportion in verse 5?
- What was David's reason for not killing Saul? What might you have done?
- What were the consequences of David's action. Is there a message for us here?
- The worst side of David' character is seen in his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband Uriah (2 Samuel 11). Read about the consequences of this in 2 Samuel 12.
- Notice the way that God made David realise the seriousness of his sin. What does this tell us about how God deals with people like us?
- Was David's repentance in verse 13 sincere?
- What can we learn from David's actions after the death of his baby son?
- What do you make of the fact that the future king Solomon was the product of a relationship that began so badly?
- One of the lovliest but least known stories about David is in 1 Chronicles 11:15-19.
- Do you have any favourite David stories?
- From time to time insignificant characters take some decisive action.
Read 2 Kings 6:24-7:20 (If there's time)
- Are we keeping the good news to ourselves?
- Reflect on what happens to those who get in the way of God's plans