Patrick Tan

The Fad of Sin What was David thinking?
To the Teacher: Read 2 Samuel 11-20 Introduction: (Before you begin, pretend to yawn in front of the group.) Do this as if you were really yawning, not a sarcastic one. Wait a few seconds until somebody else yawns.) Have you noticed that when a person yawns, for example, in a jeep or a room, somebody else follows? It’s an involuntary act, you don’t notice that you yawned because unconsciously saw another person yawn. One person’s yawn can turn lead a group of sleepy individuals. (Let your members share their thoughts.) Or do you remember the time when ‘pearl shakes’ dominated the city? People just can’t get enough of it. First, it was only a couple of flavors, chocolate, strawberry… then came countless and complicated flavors that you can’t count them with your fingers alone. But soon the fad was over. People had enough of pearl shakes that it was synonymous to puking. Discussion Discuss other ‘fads’ that invaded our pop culture ex. tamagochi, elephant pants, Marimar, hip-hop lifestyle etc.. Like these fads that we talked about, sin easily spreads very quickly and more often, we do not notice it. Sin itself has become a ‘fad’ in this world. We see people play and compromise on these ‘little bombs’ saying ‘No, it will not explode.’ Just like cigarettes, a couple of sin doesn’t seem so bad until you find yourself in a very difficult situation. Guide Questions 1. Was there a time that you were ‘infected’ by other’s sin? Please

share to the group. 2. Were you conscience-stricken or just got tired of doing it? 3. How did you put it out?

What Was David Thinking? Read 2 Samuel 11:2-5 David had it all. His walk with the Lord brought him to the pedestal of Israel. He was the king of Israel and moreover, God was with Him. God promised him that the kingdom would not depart from his lineage. But one hot night, when David was on the roof, he saw Bathsheeba’s beautiful and naked body and he sent for her. What was David thinking? Did the I-am-the-king attitude already cloud his head just like his predecessor Saul? As if it wasn’t enough, he schemed to put Uriah, Bathsheeba’s husband in the death seat. A wrong covered up with wrongs… it never stops. One’s we begin to do what we shouldn’t be doing, it gives birth to other ‘baby’ sins that will eventually become ‘full-grown’ sins. Not so soon, just as Nathan had told David, his sin has devastated his household. As we read through the chapters, we see a ripple of tragic events: The rape of Tamar, the murder of Amnon, the rebellion of Absalom, and the death of Absalom. A tragedy in a snap. That is what sin does to you. But as we read along, David did not wallowed in his misery. He picked up the pieces together and started anew. But the scar was already a permanent milestone of his life. Not only did the spiritual cancer poisoned David, it affected his whole household and it overshadowed his good reputation. Like cancer cells, another sin is a judgment between life and death.

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Question * What is the character difference between a person who ‘wallows’ in his misery and a person who picks himself up?

Abner Goes to David Joab Murders Abner Ish-Bosheth King of Israel Murder of Ish-Bosheth David Becomes King of Israel God’s Promise to David David and Mephibosheth David and Bathsheeba Nathan Rebukes David Amnon and Tamar Absalom Kills Amnon Absalom’s Conspiracy Death of Absalom

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Read Hebrews 3:7-14 In Hebrews 3:7-14, Paul has fervently reminded us to heed the Holy Spirit’s rebuke to us. “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” Sin is bomb waiting to explode. Soon enough you will see sin eat up your body, your integrity and your heavenly citizenship, except if we begin turn back and repent. Remember each sin might be a cancer cell that will keep us from entering the promise land.

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Memory Verse: Mark 16:17&18 “In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” Reading:

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David Hears of Saul’s Death David’s Lament for Saul and Jonathan David Anointed King Over Judah Abner and Joab