Absalom’s rebellion is behind David. David has been restored as king. Yet tensions still exist between the north and the south. Sheba becomes the lightning rod of contention and needs to be dealt with.

Here are some questions you might ponder as you read and study the passage this week:

– How many ways is Sheba described in the passage? (20:1-5)
– Why was Sheba potentially more dangerous than Absalom? (20:6)
– Why do you think David puts Abishai in charge of the army instead of Joab? (20:6)
– Was Joab’s act against Amasa justified? Why or why not? (20:7-10)
– What do you think of the wise-woman’s solution to the siege? (20:11-22)
– At the end of the story, Joab goes back to see David. Is this significant? Why or why not? (20:22-26)

The memory verse that corresponds is Psalm 34:14, “Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”

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