Repentant Failure

During the rest of the book of 2 Samuel it seems as though David continually makes mistakes but owns up to them.  He takes a census that he should not have taken and because of this his people suffer.  The rebellion with Absalom ends with much bloodshed and David takes a lot of responsibility for that bloodshed upon himself. 

As a model of repentance David starts with confession.  The confession of failure is expresed toward God and toward others.  David is not proud in such a way as to hide his sin.  After confessing his sin he leaves it with God.  He wants mercy and grace but accepts judgement from God as God sees fit.  He is, in fact, fully submitted to God.  Despite his frailty, David endures as a model of success.

2 Samuel 16 – 24

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Questions

  1. What kind of mistakes does David make?
  2. How is David both righteous and unrighteous?
  3. How does God’s justice and mercy reveal itself?
  4. How are you sometimes strong and sometimes weak?
  5. How does God use both your strengths and your weaknesses to lead you deeper into relationship with him?
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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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9 Responses to Repentant Failure

  1. Rebecca Langer says:

    1. What kind of mistakes does David make?
    He cries more over his son Absalom than over the nation of Israel,
    2. How is David both righteous and unrighteous?
    He still leads his forces correctly, he praises the Lord for his mighty works, he treats his concubines with dignity according to the poor things that befell them, and he buries the bones of Saul and Jonathan.. With failures, he really doesn’t control Joab and his armies like he should and they go a little wild.
    3. How does God’s justice and mercy reveal itself?
    Absalom is captured not by a man, but by nature,
    4. How are you sometimes strong and sometimes weak?
    There are times when I feel like I am being righteous and everything is going well. Then there are days when I am overcome by a sense of despair at how sinful I truly am.
    5. How does God use both your strengths and your weaknesses to lead you deeper into relationship with him?
    He uses my strengths to serve him, and he uses my weaknesses to let me know that I am human and not God. They give my humility and help me recognize my need for a savior.

  2. Cassie Clark says:

    1.He counts the men in his forces.
    2.He does love his people and fears the Lord, but sometimes he is weak and trusts in numbers rather than the Lord.
    3.Even in the punishment, God lessens it in His mercy.
    4.I am strong when it comes to certain areas of my life. Others, I am sin-prone and easily forget God.
    5.He teaches and reminds me that I need Him!

  3. Melisa Guiles says:

    1. He takes a census of his army.
    2. He is a man after God’s own heart who truly wants to please God, but he is also human and sometimes gives in to his own desires.
    3. His justice is shown in that He punishes David for his sin, but He also shows mercy in that punishment by not making it last forever.
    4. There are times when it is easier to just give in to my flesh instead of saying no to my own desires. However, there are other times when the Lord gives me the strength to resist the temptations.
    5. In my weaknesses I must turn to Him because He is all I have. In my strengths, He reminds me that they are gifts from Him.

  4. Jessica Gentry says:

    1. David makes the mistake of being more concerned with the death of His son Absolom than the state of Israel. He also takes a census of the army which was not wise.
    2. David is righteouss in that most of the time he seeks the will of God and tries to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord, however he is also unrighteouss in that he sometimes pursues the desires of his flesh.
    3. God’s justice reveals itself as God allows his wrath to fall on those who are not on his side must pay, often with death. His mercy is revealed in the grace and he gives to David even when he doesn;t deserve it.
    4. I am sometimes strong as Ifind my hope and joy in the Lord and therefore I don’t let hard things damage my faith, I am very weak though sometimes as I waver in where I find my identity, security, and hope.
    5. God uses my strengths to draw me nearer to him as he shows me that he has created me with intention, including with specific gifts and strong suits. He uses my weaknesses also though to remind me of my dependence on Him.

  5. Grace Yoo says:

    1. David makes mistakes such as counting the men in his army.

    2. David is both righteous and unrighteous in the way that he loves God and is very faithful, but at the same time he is human and he does make mistakes.

    3. God’s justice and mercy reveals itself in this passage as God punishes David for the sins he committed.

    4. I am sometimes strong when I am strong and faithful in the Lord but then I am sometimes weak and give into my desires.

    5. God uses my strengths and weaknesses to deepen my relationship with Him by reminding me that I am not complete without Him.

  6. Moon Jung Kim says:

    1.What kind of mistakes does David make? Chp 14. David censused all the Israelites due to his little faith in God
    2/How is David both righteous and unrighteous? He was faithfully trying to trust in only God, but sometimes he has sinned against God also.
    3.How does God’s justice and mercy reveal itself? Whenever David confessed the sin, God relented from the punishment
    4.How are you sometimes strong and sometimes weak? Sometimes I make strong faithful decisions, but sometimes I make wrong decisions which are against God
    5.How does God use both your strengths and your weaknesses to lead you deeper into relationship with him? when I am weak, I can see God’s greatness and His work in my life, so it humbles me. However when I am strong, God brings me a victory with the strength

  7. HyeJin Lee says:

    1.What kind of mistakes does David make?
    He counts the men in his army.
    2.How is David both righteous and unrighteous?
    He wants to please God in the most ways but he also makes mistakes.
    3.How does God’s justice and mercy reveal itself?
    God shows his justice by punishing David but also shows mercy by not totally destroying David.
    4.How are you sometimes strong and sometimes weak?
    I am faithful to God most times of my life, but sometimes when it comes to finances, my trust on God becomes weak, and I begin to worry.
    5.How does God use both your strengths and your weaknesses to lead you deeper into relationship with him?
    God has strengthen my weak belief by showing me that God is even in control of finances (tuition) through providing my tuition.

  8. Kristin Goffinet says:

    1) He witnesses Absolom’s death, which is a fufillment of earlier prophecy. he is also asked to not go into battle with them anymore because he was apparently quenching the lamp of Isreal (21:17).
    2) Throughout the section, we see David becoming weary in battle and not fighting in the strength of the Lord, but we also see him give all the credit to the Lord.
    3) God’s judges those who sin against him, and blesses those in accordance with his will.
    4) sometimes I am living my life for the Lord, in his strength, and other times I am trying to control everything.
    5) He uses my strenghts to remind me of how he has strengthened/blessed me and he uses my weaknesses to humble me, reminding me of my need for him.

  9. Sandra Tindle says:

    1. David made war with his neighbors and took a census.
    2. David is righteous in realizing and repenting his sins, but unrighteous because he sinned.
    3. God’s justice and mercy are revealed when God saves and forgives David.
    5. God uses my strengths to show me that he provides for me and that he knows what I need. He uses my weaknesses to prove that I need Him.

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