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