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Nabal and Abigail cont’d…

 1Sa 25:21 Now David had said, “Surely in vain I have guarded all that this man has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him; and he has returned me evil for good.

Any good students out there who ascertain something a little “amiss” here? Remember I began this little series with one of the key players being Saul? And you also know that there are no chapter divisions in the original language – there isn’t even a space between words in the original! Let me compare some verses from chapter 24:

Nope! I just read the 24th chapter and you need it all – and since you will not have a Bible handy, I print the whole chapter for you. Read carefully. I will underline some things to notice and that will be all for today.

1 ¶ Now it came about when Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, saying, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.”

2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men from all Israel, and went to seek David and his men (These men are the ones being faithful to David in his waiting to be crowned king – of some of the men who are in the three thousand following Saul at this time. David has been anointed King, but not crowned King, as yet.) in front of the Rocks of the Wild Goats.(Rough territory, indeed. Saul is determined to kill David!)

3 And he came to the sheepfolds on the way, where there [was] a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the inner recesses of the cave. (During the “waiting” there can appear many opportunities to take over the “government” before the appointed time. It is a time of the testing of one’s faith.)

4 And the men of David said to him, “Behold, [this is] the day of which the LORD said to you, ‘Behold; I am about to give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it seems good to you.'” Then David arose and cut off the edge of Saul’s robe secretly.(Not quite what his men had in mind. But, David is after the heart of God. His heart is not set on revenge. He waits for his Lord’s timing.)

5 And it came about afterward that David’s conscience bothered him because he had cut off the edge of Saul’s [robe]. (And, even this small token may have offended the heart of God.)

6 So he said to his men, “Far be it from me because of the LORD that I should do this thing to my lord, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the LORD’S anointed.”

7 And David persuaded his men with [these] words and did not allow them to rise up against Saul. And Saul arose, left the cave, and went on [his] way.(How to have persuasive words? Know the facts – faith – before the matter gets out of God’s will.)

8 Now afterward David arose and went out of the cave and called after Saul, saying, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked behind him, David bowed with his face to the ground and prostrated himself.

9 ¶ And David said to Saul, “Why do you listen to the words of men, saying, ‘Behold, David seeks to harm you’? (Saul had been listening to the words of men. David listened to Word of God.)

10 “Behold, this day your eyes have seen that the LORD had given you today into my hand in the cave, and some said to kill you, but [my eye] had pity on you; and I said, ‘I will not stretch out my hand against my lord, for he is the LORD’S anointed.’

11 “Now, my father, see! Indeed, see the edge of your robe in my hand! For in that I cut off the edge of your robe and did not kill you, know and perceive that there is no evil or rebellion in my hands, and I have not sinned against you, though you are lying in wait for my life to take it.

12 “May the LORD judge between you and me, and may the LORD avenge me on you; but my hand shall not be against you.

13 “As the proverb of the ancients says, ‘Out of the wicked comes forth wickedness’; but my hand shall not be against you.

14 “After whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog, a single flea?

15 “The LORD therefore be judge and decide between you and me; and may He see and plead my cause, and deliver me from your hand.”

16 ¶ Now it came about when David had finished speaking these words to Saul, that Saul said, “Is this your voice, my son David?” Then Saul lifted up his voice and wept.

17 And he said to David, “You are more righteous than I; for you have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you.

18 “And you have declared today that you have done good to me, that the LORD delivered me into your hand and [yet] you did not kill me.

19 “For if a man finds his enemy, will he let him go away safely? May the LORD therefore reward you with good in return for what you have done to me this day.

20 “And now, behold, I know that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand.

21 “So now swear to me by the LORD that you will not cut off my descendants after me, and that you will not destroy my name from my father’s household.”

22 And David swore to Saul. And Saul went to his home, but David and his men went up to the stronghold.

(NASB)

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November 1, 2010 - Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail

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