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Nabal and Abigail, “giving an account of the hope within you”…

I hear Abigail “giving an account of the hope that is within her” as she humbles herself under the authority and service of the “lord” David.  She calls David, “lord” at least 12 times in her supplications.

I know a wife who has never called her husband any name other than “Mr. Smith” (not his real name) in my presence or in the presence of other women.  Her manner, attitude, character, and body language all speak this as a term of endearment and respect; and we all accepted it as such.

I call my husband by his first name, but wish I had always spoken it with such great respect. 

Let’s listen in to Abigail’s supplication: 

  1Sa 25:23 When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David, and bowed herself to the ground.

 1Sa 25:24 And she fell at his feet and said, “On me alone, my lord, be the blame. And please let your maidservant speak to you, and listen to the words of your maidservant.

 1Sa 25:25 “Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name and folly is with him; but I your maidservant did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent.

 1Sa 25:26 “Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, since the LORD has restrained you from shedding blood, and from avenging yourself by your own hand, now then let your enemies, and those who seek evil against my lord, be as Nabal.

 1Sa 25:27 “And now let this gift which your maidservant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who accompany my lord.

 1Sa 25:28 “Please forgive the transgression of your maidservant; for the LORD will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil shall not be found in you all your days.

 1Sa 25:29 “And should anyone rise up to pursue you and to seek your life, then the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the LORD your God; but the lives of your enemies He will sling out as from the hollow of a sling.

 1Sa 25:30 “And it shall come about when the LORD shall do for my lord according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and shall appoint you ruler over Israel,

 1Sa 25:31 that this will not cause grief or a troubled heart to my lord, both by having shed blood without cause and by my lord having avenged himself. When the LORD shall deal well with my lord, then remember your maidservant.”  (NASB)

See in verse 29 the phrase “bound in the bundle of the living?”  Reminds me of another “bundling” that our Lord and Savior is referring to in Matthew, chapter 13.  Remember:?  

Mt 13:24 ¶ He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.

 Mt 13:25 “But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away.

 Mt 13:26 “But when the wheat sprang up and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.

 Mt 13:27 “And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’

 Mt 13:28 “And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ And the slaves *said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’

 Mt 13:29 “But he *said, ‘No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them.

 Mt 13:30 ‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”

Lord, “remember your maidservant.”

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November 12, 2010 - Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail

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