“Doing What the Lord Wants” Part 3 of The Life of David
1) Read Acts 13:22. What testimony does God give about David? Think about how God would testify about you. Read Matthew 25: 19-18. Discuss how the descriptions differ between the faithful servant and the one He calls lazy and wicked. Please note that the original Hebrew for our word lazy speaks of one who hesitates or shrinks back.
2) Historians believe it was about 15 years between the time David was anointed King and the time he actually began his rule. Along the way he faced many battles. Read 1 Samuel 16:6-13. Talk about how David might have felt or what he thought realizing he wasn’t even considered by his father.
3) Read 1 Samuel 17:17-30. How did his oldest brother, Eliab, treat David? What does Eliab say to David; is it consistent with what Scripture says about David?
4) Read 1 Samuel 17:32-33. David volunteers to go after Goliath; what is Saul’s response? How would you be feeling about now?
5) Read 1 Samuel 17:41-46. The odds were highly in favor for Goliath. What is the ONE thing David took into the battle with Goliath? What did David want the whole world to know?
6) David faced many battles on the way to fulfill his given task of being the King. Through David we see that when we do what God asks us to do we will face doubters, critics, discouragement and intimidators. Discuss where God has you now or where He is leading you and the biggest battle in front of you. Discuss how your group can help each member along the way.
7) This week, pray specifically for each person in your group to be the person who will do everything God asks.
Acts 13: 22
22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
1 Samuel 16: 10-11
10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
1 Samuel 17: 25-33
25 Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.”
26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”
28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
1 Samuel 17: 41-45
41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
John 14: 16
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—