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Monday, July 30, 2012

Christian Formation for Sunday August 5 - 2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a; Nathan Condemns David

August 5, 2012, 10 Pentecost
2 Samuel 11:26—12:13a
Nathan Condemns David
Background: The book of 2 Samuel is considered part of the Deuteronomistic history and continues developing the history of the Davidic kingship in the nation of Israel. 2 Samuel highlights the nature of the human king; faithful and fallible. The middle section of 2 Samuel deals with the development of the kingdom and David’s family. This section also provides a reflection on the fallibility of the human king.

Theme: In this section, David is called to task about his sins; adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah. The prophet Nathan returns to induce David to self-convict and pronounce God’s punishment on himself. This section will set the stage for the turmoil in David’s family to come.

Questions to Ponder

* Briefly describe the social, political, and religious context of this passage.

* Why might the author refer to Bathsheba emphasizing her marriage to Uriah (the wife of Uriah… her husband…)?

* How might Bathsheba’s relational reference be a harbinger for the next statement where David “sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife”? Why might author almost appear to place the action fully on David’s shoulders and not on both he and Bathsheba?

* Why might Nathan have been as indirect as he was while accusing David? How might his indirectness be in response to David’s election as the head of the new Dynasty?

* For what reason might David say that the powerful man who stole the lamb would have to repay 4 times for his transgression? How would the repayment be affected if the repayment was corrected to be 7 times instead of 4?

* Why might God point out that David had been given “his master’s wives… the house (women) of Israel and Judah”?

* How might Nathan’s reference to “the sword” being present in David’s life be an impeachment of David’s current actions?

* What trouble from within David’s household would beset David?  How might that trouble be tied to the sword Nathan prophesies about?

* Do you think the “taking of David’s wives in the sight of the people” actually took place? What might the reference foreshadow?

* What might be important about David’s confession “I have sinned against the Lord.” in David’s continuing story?

* How might this story be applicable to us as the Episcopal Church? As St. John’s Church?

* What are the implications for us to reflect upon from this passage?

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