The "Great Adventure" Bible Study
Session 12 – Royal Kingdom – Part Two
2 Samuel; 1 Kings 1-11
1. After defeating the Philistines, David moved the Ark to Jerusalem with great fanfare. (2 Samuel 6). What was the significance of this first royal action?
2. Review 2 Samuel 6:12-22. Does anything make you believe that David is acting as much like a priest as a king? Why is this significant? (see also Hebrews 7:1-4, 14-17 and Psalm 110:4).
3. Even though God punished David for his sin, He did not withdraw the kingdom. When Saul disobeyed God, the kingdom was taken from him. Why the difference? (see 2 Samuel 12:15-23, Psalm 51, Catechism Nos. 1847, 1850)
4. Solomon built a magnificent Temple for the Name of God. Read Catechism Nos. 2580-2581. What would the king do there, and what was the Temple to be for God’s people?
5. What is the relationship between the Tabernacle, the Temple, Christ, the Church, and individual believers? (see also Matthew 12:6, 26:61 and 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19)
Application: How could the wisest man in the world fail so miserably? What turned his heart away from God? What does this say about our own vulnerability to error? How can we avoid Solomon’s error?