Sin, Justice, and Atonement
Passage: 2 Samuel 21:1–21:22
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- It took three years of his nation suffering through severe famine before David sought the face of the Lord. When he finally did, he received an immediate response. Why do we sometimes tarry before coming to the Lord? Is there something in your life right now for which you need to seek God’s face?
- Do you recognize the absolute seriousness of your sin? If you answered ‘yes’, how do you show it? If you answered ‘no’, why not? Are there sins in your life that you’ve compartmentalized and ‘hidden in the closet’? If so, what will it take for you to repent and confess your sin? What do you think will happen if you don’t?
- King Saul had a casual view of both sin and God’s justice which led him to disregard Israel’s vow before Yahweh to spare the Gibeonites. A three year famine was the result. Why is it important for people to understand the severity of God’s justice? How can you tell if a person (perhaps that person is you?) has a casual view of God’s justice?
- God accepted the death of 7 of Saul’s ‘sons’ as atonement for Saul’s sin. How can the ugliness and horror of these deaths help us to better understand God’s patience, mercy, and love?
- How does the account of 2 Samuel 21 help you to better understand the Gospel?
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