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The story of Abigail and David ranks almost as exciting and deceitful as that of David and his most famous wife, Bathsheba. The wife of a rich man when she met David, Abigail possessed beauty, intelligence, political shrewdness, and material wealth that helped David at a critical moment when he could have thrown away his chance at success.
Our Topic:A Gentle Answer Quiets Anger but Abrasive and Harsh Words Stirs up Anger.
Proverbs 15:1 King James Version
I Samuel 25 King James Version
When wise people speak knowledge, they become attractive, the Bible lets us know that stupid people, you will find, always spouts out nonsense that will bring forth irritating behavior that will always cause problems. It is in Proverbs chapter 15 that Solomon teaches us how to keep the peace, which is having harmonious relations; free from disputes. Solomon says it is by answering in soft words which will enable you to plead your case better, when what you are seeking is being requested with meekness and compassion. Fussing and cussing never solves any thing.
1 Samuel 30:3-6New Living Translation (NLT)
3 When David and his men saw the ruins and realized what had happened to their families, 4 they wept until they could weep no more. 5 David’s two wives, Ahinoam from Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal from Carmel, were among those captured.6 David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God.
In this lesson, we are going to study a lady of great character and intelligence – her name is Abigail. All we know about her is summed up in this one chapter, yet she comes through as one of the most notable women in the Old Testament. As we study Abigail, I think you will soon appreciate her wisdom, her decisiveness, and her sensitivity. She clearly had great interpersonal skills and an enduring patience. As it is with all the characters in the Bible, good or bad, their stories are recorded for us in Scripture for a purpose – primarily, our learning. I trust we will benefit greatly as we study the Biblical character of Abigail!
David and his men approach Nabal for provisions in 1 Samuel 25. Samuel has died and David seeks to fulfill his leadership as the leader of Israel's army. He seeks a favor from Nabal as David and his men protected Nabal's shepard's while they were in the field guarding the sheep. The shepards acknowledge David's protection, however, Nabal rebukes David's request for provisions. David is empowered to retaliate against Nabal until Nabal's spouse, Abigail, confronts David with provisions and apologizes on behalf of Nabal. Supernaturally, Nabal dies suddenly and David takes Abigail as a wife. God has prepared our audience to hear our pleas. Oftentimes, we are confused about persons that are prepared to receive us as believers. We are to pay no attention when we are rebuked or scandalized for righteousness sake. It is an emblem of our faith and our salvation. When the temptation is greatest and our needs are greatest, God will prepare an outcome that we did not expect. God has prepared our blessings for us in advance.
And David said unto his men, Gird you on every man his sword. And they girded on every man his sword; and David also girded on his sword: and there went up after David about four hundred men; and two hundred abode by the supplies.
But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, saying, Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to greet our master; and he railed at them.
But the men were very good unto us, and we were not hurt, neither missed we anything, as long as we went with them, when we were in the fields:
Today’s Topic: Making the Right Decision in My Life Part 3
Sub-Topic: The second time around is it for me?
SCRIPTURE TEXT: (1Samuel 25:3) Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb. (1Samuel 25:39) And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the LORD hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.
DISCUSSION: The story of Abigail has been of great encouragement to many women who have been married to men who were unkind, mean, and just plain evil in their ways. This woman chose to stay with her husband, she used wisdom in trying to manage and preserve her husbands estate to keep him from making powerful enemies that could destroy all that he owned; and God saw her good deeds and she was blessed to outlive her husband and remarry the man who would become King of Israel.
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In 1 Samuel 25, David is consoled by Abigail. Abigal prophesies to David the word of the Lord about David's destiny and Nabal's destiny. Abigail is given confirmed knowledge and seeks to prevent David from operating to avenge himself. Both Abigail's destiny and David's destiny was revealed through Abigail's words and she simply was equipped as a prophetess to speak those words to David. David received confirmation of Abigail's words when Nabal died. David then quickly acted to fulfill the prophetic words spoken by Abigail. God will confirm destinies to others and order our footsteps when we remain obedient to his voice and his commandments.. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. God preserved David's reputation as he was the future King of Israel. God also preserved Abigail as an obedient vessel.
In 1 Samuel 25, David is looking for provisions for his men after Samuel's David. David dispatches some of his men to approach Nabal, a wealthy man, that lived in Carmel. Nabal hurls insults about David to the men that were sent and upon learning of the same, David plans to wage an attack on Nabal and his household. David was an accomplished warrior and hero for the Nation of Israel, but Nabal (fool) talked of him as if he was unaccomplished. Nabal also failed to appreciate the protection that David had provided for Nabal in the Desert of Maon against thieves. Even though David was tempted to retaliate against Nagal himself, the Lord passed judgment on Nabal causing David to see the salvation of the Lord in a dark time.
In 1 Samuel 25, Samuel has died. David assumes his role as the leader of the Israeli army and seeks provisions for the men in the army from Nabal. Nabal was a rich man that lived in Carmel. Nabal rejects David. David 's anger is kindled against Nabal and he proceeds to execute judgment upon Nabal. David withdraws his hand of retaliation when he speaks with Abigail and decides to forego any violence against Nabal and his household. God supernaturally judges Nabal ten days later as Nabal dies. Abigail then becomes the wife of David. David thought he was speaking to the proper audience when seeking provision for the men in the army. David's true audience were the shepards that worked for Nabal and Abigail who made the decision to provide for David and the men that were with him.
ABIGAIL AND NABAL
1SA 25:3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb.
I. A Different Purpose --- the child of the world and the child of God, they think different!
1. "Nabal" is a Hebrew name, which is translated as "stupid; wicked (especially impious)."
a.The name of Nabal represents the world in its arrogance which in their ignorance place themselves into equality with God as Satan promised in the Garden of Eden.
Gen 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
b. We see this type of arrogance demonstrated in the boasting language of Lucifer
Isa 14:13-14 for thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
2. "Abigail" means "a giver of joy" or a gift of joy from the Father.
a.In Abigail we see a humble spirit!!!
i. This verse gives a description of a true Christian
"And the name of his wife Abigail: and she was a woman of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance."
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