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“forgive, forget, move on,” part 5…

 Today’s curtain opens on a very festival time – sheep-shearing at a very wealthy ranch. The owner is Nabal, a fool by name and harsh in his dealings, and Abigail who is intelligent – meaning “of good understanding” – which is going to be a much valued trait for coming trials, testing of her faith.

David and his men are positioned close to the sheep-shearing and his men help Nabal’s men in the process. David’s men are very good to Nabal’s. They protect them by day and night. They do not insult them, nor rob them.

It is the duty of the owner to feed the workers during this time. It is usually a very festive time with hoards of food. So, David makes a humble request: (underlining mine)

1Sa 25:5 So David sent ten young men, and David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, visit Nabal and greet him in my name;

1Sa 25:6 and thus you shall say, ‘Have a long life, peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.

1Sa 25:7 ‘And now I have heard that you have shearers; now your shepherds have been with us and we have not insulted them, nor have they missed anything all the days they were in Carmel.

1Sa 25:8 ‘Ask your young men and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we have come on a festive day. Please give whatever you find at hand to your servants and to your son David.'”

1Sa 25:9 When David’s young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all these words in David’s name; then they waited..

This is a ligament request that probably did not need to be asked because in other cases everyone helping with the shearing was welcomed at the table for sustenance. David and his men need food desperately. Saul is only 30 miles away. Here is Nabal’s answer:

1Sa 25:10 But Nabal answered David’s servants, and said, “Who is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants today who are each breaking away from his master.

1Sa 25:11 “Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men whose origin I do not know?”

1Sa 25:12 ¶ So David’s young men retraced their way and went back; and they came and told him according to all these words.

It is entirely probable that Nabal did know who David was and from what lineage! He knew his father’s name. And, the basis I have for this is that Abigail knew that the Lord would make of David “an enduring house” (v.28), and knew David had been appointed ruler of Israel (v.30). She knew David’s future and asked to be remembered in it (v.31) – “when the Lord shall deal well with my lord.”

Are you putting together any patterns (types) from these passages? More on that later, but, be looking for them. There are also matters for us to consider for our doctrine and lifestyle today.


October 27, 2010 - Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail

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