1 Chronicles 17:1-20:8 Questions by Stephen Ricker
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The Lord's Favor to David
Questions for Study 9

1 Chronicles 17:1-20:8
Memory Verse: 4

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I. God's Promise the David (17:1-27)

1. What did David tell Nathan the prophet? (17:1) What was Nathan's initial response? (2) Was his advice the Lord's will? (3-6) What was God's dwelling place from the day the Israelites came out of Egypt? What can we learn about God? (7, John 1:14; Mt. 11:29-30) Why do you think God discouraged David from building a house for him? (1 Chron. 28:3)

2. Where was David when God called him and what was his life like? (7, 1 Sa. 17:34-37) How did God show his love for David? (8; 2 Samuel 3:1) What did God promise David for the future of his kingdom? (8a-10) In what sense are verses 11 and 14 Messianic promises? (Lk. 1:32-33) What does these teach about God's love to his children? (1 Cor. 13:6-7; Heb. 12:7-11)

3. As David reviewed God's past dealings with him what as his response? (16) What was David's attitude toward God? What does David's prayer mention about God's grace? (Ps. 116:12)

4. What does David know about the greatness of God? (20; Ex. 15:11; and 1 Kings 8:23; and 2 Chron. 20:6) What does David refer to as the special goodness of God to his own people? (21-22; Mt. 21:43; and 1 Pet. 2:9; 2 Thes. 2:13) What does David describe as the covenant of God's grace? (23-24; Num. 23:19; and 1 Thes. 1:4; Ps. 119:49) How could David have such confident expectation? (Ps. 119:25, 28, 41, 58) What was the basis of David's bold prayer? (25) How can we hold onto God's promises? (Is. 1:18; Jer. 3:22; Is. 40:29-31; Prov. 3:6, James 1:5; 1 Cor. 10:13; Phil. 4:19) What is David's supreme desire? (26-27; 1 Cor. 10:31; John 12:27, 17:1) On what basis did David build his hopes? (27; Ps. 119:58) What wonderful characteristics are manifested in David's prayer?

II. David's Victories (18:1-17)

5. Who does these verses say David defeated? Who surrendered without a fight? (18:9-10) What reasons does the writer emphasize for David's success? (13)

6. How does David's treatment of the spoils of war different from the way in which he dealt with the gods of the Philistines captured in battle? (11; 1 Chron. 14:8-12) Is there a reason for this? (Deut. 7:5)

7. What kind of leader was David? (14) Who did he share leadership with? How does this foreshadow the Kingdom of God?

III. David and the Ammonites, Israel's Relatives (19:1-20:8)

8. To whom did David want to show kindness? (1-2) How was his kindness received? How did this event spark a way of international proportions? To what major victory did this war lead?

9. According to Joab's words, what was the spirit of the Israelites under David? (8-11) Who did Joab depend on? (10-11) Why was David able to defeat superior numbers and superior equipment? Why do you think the Arameans and Ammonites did not win in spite of superior numbers and better weapons?

10. What problem happened to David when he responded to the Philistine threat? (10:1-8) What was the result of this? What happened at the second battle with the Philistines? In the third? In the fourth? Who were they and what does this tell us?

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