1 Samuel 25, 1 Corinthians 6, Ezekiel 4, Psalm 40-41

1 Samuel 25:32  
"Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!"

1 Samuel 25:3 introduces us to Abigail and describes her as discerning and beautiful.  Her discernment is proven by how she averts David's anger.  David wisely accepts her counsel and acknowledges the LORD sent her to protect him from rashly seeking vengeance against Nabal.  

After Nabal refused to admit David and his men's protection and mocked his request for them to participate in the feast, David was prepared to quickly settle the account by destroying not just Nabal but his household.  However, discerning and beautiful Abigail interceded on Nabal's behalf.  

Notice Abigail's plea to David.  She began by asking David to hold her alone guilty for the offense of her husband.  Abigail admits to her husband's foolishness and David's willingness to seek revenge because of Nabal's mockery.  Then, she reminds David of all the LORD is doing, has done and will do for him.  She reminds him of the LORD delivering Goliath into his hand with a sling.  It is the LORD who sent her to stop David from exacting his own justice.  It is the LORD who will reward him with the kingdom.  Abigail interrupts David and turns his thoughts from vengeance to the LORD his God.  David agrees with her argument and accepts her gift.

In the previous chapter, David's response to Saul was very different from the actions he prepared for Nabal.  In 1 Samuel 24, Saul recognized David had repaid his evil with good by not taking his life.  When Nabal repaid David's good with evil, David planned to take Nabal's family's lives.  Compared to Saul's attempt to take David's life, Nabal's insults seem trivial.  Looking back at chapter 24 we see David ask the LORD to judge between him and Saul and requested that the LORD avenge him rather than seeking revenge himself.  In chapter 25, David didn't have this attitude with Nabal until Abigail interceded.

In Romans 12:19-21 (NIV) Paul says, "Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written:  'It is mine to avenge; I will repay says the LORD.'"  God acts very quickly in the case of David and Nabal's dispute, doesn't he?  When Abigail told Nabal of David's plan, the NLT says he had a stroke, was paralyzed, and ten days later the LORD struck him dead.  Paul concludes Romans 12 by saying "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."  Abigail was married to a man who was harsh, mean and a fool but instead of becoming like her husband, she learned the lesson of overcoming evil with good.

Doesn't Abigail's statement "On me alone, my lord, be the guilt" remind you of someone else?  Isn't that exactly the attitude of Jesus?  To protect His family, He alone took the punishment for their guilt on the cross.  Abigail trusted in both God and David's mercy when she made that statement, but Jesus' response was "Not my will, but yours, be done" knowing full well the Father's will was His sacrificial death—accepting the full wrath of God for the guilt of His children.

LORD Jesus, I want to see You in the Old Testament.  Thank You for the example of Abigail.  Thank You for sending wise and appropriate counsel into my life from several discerning and beautiful women.  May I respond to their Scriptural advice, like David, and glorify You.

 

 

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