David and Bathsheba ~ Bible Study Questions

David and Bathsheba – Study One

Read 2 Samuel 11

1. What impression do we get of David in the first five verses?

2. What do we learn about Bathsheba?

3. How was Uriah’s attitude a contrast to David’s? (verses 6-13)

4. What was David’s first sin in this chapter? How did he compound sin upon sin? What could he have done differently at each step?

5. How did David seek to deceive others?

6. Who else was harmed by David’s sin?

7. What does this chapter teach about temptation, power, sin and deceit?

David and Bathsheba – Study Two

Read 2 Samuel 12:1-25

1. Why did Nathan begin with a story?

2. How did David’s reaction condemn him?

3. What were the consequences of his sin? Why?

4. How did David respond to the prophesy?

5. How did God show His mercy in the midst of His judgement?

6. Read Psalm 51, written by David in response to the revealing of his sin. What can it teach us about repentance and mercy?

7. How were David and Bathsheba remembered?

8. What can we learn from David and Bathsheba?

Ahab and Jezebel ~ Bible Study Questions

 Ahab and Jezebel Study 1

Read 1 Kings 16:29-33 and 1 Kings 18:4

1. What kind of king was Ahab?

2. What do we learn about Jezebel and her background?

3. What did this royal couple do to provoke God’s anger?

Read 1 Kings 21:1-16

4. Why was Ahab unhappy? What did his behaviour show about his attitude to his people?

5. What would be the response of a godly wife at this point?

6. How did Jezebel respond? What laws did she break?

7. How was Jezebel’s treachery similar to what happened to Jesus in Matthew 26:57-68?

8. Sometimes evil seems to prevail and innocent people suffer. How do we cope when confronted with injustice?

Ahab and Jezebel Study 2

Read 1 Kings 21:17-29

1. For what was Ahab condemned? (especially verses 19 and 22)

2. How did Ahab respond to God’s anger and what was the result?

Read 1 Kings 22:1-9

3. How was Jehoshaphat’s approach to ruling Judah different from Ahab’s rule over Israel?

Read 1 Kings 22:51-53

4. After Ahab’s death, what kind of king was his son Ahaziah?

Read 2 Kings 9:6-13, 21-37

5. What was God’s judgement on Ahab’s wife and sons?

6. What was Jezebel’s response to God’s judgement?

7. What can we learn from Ahab and Jezebel about authority, responsibility and humility?

Adam and Eve ~ Bible Study Questions

Adam and Eve – Study One

Read Genesis 1:26 – 2:25

1. In what way was man different to the other living creatures? What was his purpose?

2. Why was Eve created? What was her purpose?

3. What was the nature of Adam and Eve’s relationship?

4. What was their relationship with God and his creation?

Read Genesis 3:1-5

5. What commandment did God give Adam? What did He say the consequences would be of breaking this rule?

6. How did the serpent undermine God’s authority? Was the serpent lying?

7. In what ways do people deceive themselves when they are tempted in order to justify being disobedient to God?

Adam and Eve – Study Two

Read Genesis 3:1-19

1. What was it about the forbidden fruit that tempted Eve? What did Adam do?

2. How did Adam and Eve try to hide or excuse their shame?

Read Genesis 3:8-19

3. What were the consequences of their sin for:

a) The serpent

b) Eve

c) Adam

4. How were relationships altered after Adam and Eve sinned between:

a) People and God

b) Man and woman

d) People and creation

5. Why did God banish them from the Garden of Eden? How was this a merciful act?

Read Genesis 3:15, 3:20-24 and 4:25-26

6. What hope does God offer them? How was that hope kept alive?

Read Hebrews 2:9-18

7. How is God’s promise fulfilled?

8. How can sin impact our relationship with God?

Abraham and Sarah ~ Bible Study Questions

Abraham and Sarah (Abram and Sarai) Study One: The Covenant

Read Genesis 12:1-9

1. List everything God told Abram to leave. What would that have meant for Abram and Sarai?

2. What three things did God promise Abram?

3. When God promised blessing, what did He mean? (Hint – read ahead to Genesis 15:1)

Read Genesis 15

4. How does God clarify His promise to Abram? What further promises did He make?

5. What was the nature of Abram’s faith and his doubts?

6. In verses 13-16 God foretold the circumstances of Abram’s descendants taking possession of the Promised Land. Why couldn’t they take it now? What did this tell us about God’s character and plan?

7. God made a covenant with Abram, declaring an oath while passing between the halves of slaughtered animals. Read Jeremiah 34:18-20. What was the consequence of breaking such a covenant? What responsibility did God take on?

8. What do we learn about Abram, Sarai and their place in God’s plan?

Abraham and Sarah (Abram and Sarai) Study Two: Believing the Impossible Promise

1. From the previous study, what were Abram and Sarai’s concerns about God’s promise?

Read Genesis 16

2. What was Sarai’s proposed solution? Why?

3. Who was responsible for the tensions that result?

4. What were the consequences of Abram and Sarai’s lack of faith for:

a) Sarai

b) Abram

c) Hagar

Genesis 17:1-18:15

5. How did God again clarify His promise to Abram? What further promises did He make?

Read Genesis 21:1-6

6. How did Abraham and Sarah respond to God’s faithfulness to His promises concerning Isaac? Which of God’s promises do we find hard to believe?

Read Peter 3:3-6 and Hebrews 11:1-2 and 8-12

7. For what were Abraham and Sarah commended?

8. What can we learn from Abraham and Sarah’s example?