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“forgive, forget, move on,” part 6…

 Nabal has refused David’s request for whatever Nabal finds at hand to give David.

We are in the 25th chapter of 1 Samuel, and in verses 8 & 9 David’s men say to him: “…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.” David is of the same tribe as Nabal. Nabal is probably his elder. David gave these specific words to say to Nabal. David is appealing to their family name. He really doesn’t have to because tradition and custom said that the owner provides all necessities to his workers and protectors.

Nabal refuses to be named with the family of David. He refuses to give food and drink to men “whose origin I do not know.”

So, David’s 10 young men retrace their way back and tell David everything according to the words they were told by Nabal. So, David gives these orders:

1Sa 25:13 And David said to his men, “Each of you gird on his sword.” So each man girded on his sword. And David also girded on his sword, and about four hundred men went up behind David while two hundred stayed with the baggage.

Now, instead of 10 men to make request, David gathers 10 X 40 men for revenge. He intends to kill every male who belongs to Nabal.

IN THE MEANTIME – God is at work, causing certain things to happen that will persuade David away from his plan of avenging himself and shedding blood. David says in v. 33, that he would have been saving himself by his own hand. In this case, David was to “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” There are times to fight and times to “be still and know.” Discernment is the key. God gives David a “discerner.” Samuel has died. But, Abigail is in the wings awaiting her cue for entrance into this crucial scene. A faithful servant speaks up:

1Sa 25:14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, “Behold, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master, and he scorned them.

1Sa 25:15 “Yet the men were very good to us, and we were not insulted, nor did we miss anything as long as we went about with them, while we were in the fields.

1Sa 25:16 “They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the time we were with them tending the sheep.

1Sa 25:17 “Now therefore, know and consider what you should do, for evil is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.”

Did you hear that? I love it when the Lord lets us be a “fly on the wall” into conversations 4,000 years ago! This servant knows what his master is – a worthless scorner, unwilling to be persuaded; but he does know to whom to go who will listen. It seems that the servants to this couple are well aware of the strengths and weaknesses in this union of Nabal and Abigail. There are stark differences between them! This servant did not appeal to a fool. No use to try. He will not be heard. But, perhaps, there is another way to save the life of his foolish master and his master’s men.

Well, what is a wife to do? Let the fool be killed? Tempting? No! Nabal’s wife is a crown to her husband. A good wife is hard to find, but Nabal has been given one. Tomorrow: her response to the coming calamity.


October 28, 2010 - Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail

1 Comment »

  1. Good Stuff! I enjoy the clarity in which you understand and explaine scripture.

    Comment by kim | October 28, 2010 | Reply

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