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Nabal and Abigail, “the spoils won in the battle”…

 You read all the Scriptures I gave you on Friday, right? Abigail’s reminders to David are prophesies. She most likely had sat at Samuel’s feet as he spoke the Word of the Lord. She believed (faithed) what she heard and put her faith to work for her. She had been placed at the “right place at the right time.” God’s place, God’s timing! And, she hurried.

to do so. Why? 1 Sa 25:32 Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me, 1Sa 25:33 and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed, and from avenging myself by my own hand. 1Sa 25:34 “Nevertheless, as the LORD God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from harming you, unless you had come quickly to meet me, surely there would not have been left to Nabal until the morning light as much as one male.”

This quick action reminds me to always be ready to give an answer to the hope that is in me. Also, this is an example of “seek ye first” mentality. Way back, I made the decision to please the Lord and when a situation arises, I do not make that decision again because it was in the aorist tense. When the opportunity arises, a quick mind review leads to – what looks like to others – a spur-of-the-moment decision when it has actually been 38 years in the making!

I was also reminded this morning (Friday of last week) of a verse in 1Ch 26:27 Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD. The “spoils won in the battle” – but there was no battle for David – or was there. Battles can be won or lost in the hidden places of prayer – which, in turn, reminded me of Ephesians 6. Our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness. All the pieces of the armor attach to truth and sincerity. Righteousness protects the breast, heart, and lungs – all the issues of life. Our feet are to be clad with PEACE – This peace is only connected with the Peace of Jerusalem and the Peace of God in the coming Prince of Peace. Every step we trod is Holy ground when walked in peace. Hope is the protection for the head – our thinking. I hope to share in the coming glory of the Lord’s Kingdom.

The above pieces of armor are on my body. In my hands to protect my body is the shield of faith that protects the armor. It is a large shield – the size of a door. For my other hand is the sword – The Word of God. The sword belongs to my spirit for equipping me with the “spirit of sonship.” These two – the Word of God and the spirit – must be used together in order to please the Lord. And, when we are all dressed, where do we go? To prayer and petitions!

So – do you think that Abigail was properly dressed for the occasion? And if you read ahead a little in chapter 25 of 1 Samuel, you will discover that the “spoils of the battle” did mean that Abigail joined David’s enduring house.

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November 22, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Nabal and Abigail, “faith without works is dead”…

1Sa 25:27 And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that follow my lord.

1Sa 25:28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.

1Sa 25:29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.

1Sa 25:30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel;

1Sa 25:31 That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid.

Abigail believe the LORD – what He had promised David (a “type” of Christ), and acted accordingly. Here is what she “faithed:”

1 Samuel 16:

7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. 

8 Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.

9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, Neither hath the LORD chosen this.  10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these.

11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. 

12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. 

13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.

Now, I am going to paste in varied portions of Scripture for your consideration of God’s calling, choosing, and anointing of David:

Psalm 19:9 “… the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.”

Micah 5:2 ” But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel

Acts 13:22 “…He (God) raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

Acts 27:25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

Romans 13:4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

Psalm 78:70 He chose David also his servant, and took him from the sheepfolds Psalm 63:6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Matthew 12:18 “Behold! My Servant whom I have chosen, My Beloved in whom My soul is well pleased! I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He will declare justice to the Gentiles.

Matthew 22:42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.”

Luke 1:31-33 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. 

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For ye see your calling (“unto His kingdom and glory,” 1Thes.2:12), brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh [“wise by human standards,”NIV; “wise according to worldly standards” RSV; “wise in the world’s eyes,” NLT], not many mighty [“not many were influential,”NIV], not many noble, [“not many were of noble birth,” RSV] are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound [shame] the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound [shame] the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Mark 9:35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

1 Samuel 15:17 And Samuel said, When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the LORD anointed thee king over Israel?

2 Samuel 19:21 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, “Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD’s anointed [David]?”

Psalm 51:11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Acts 5:32 “And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”

1 John 3:24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

 

November 19, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail | Leave a comment

Nabal and Abigail, “listen to the words of your maidservant”…

Debi Pearl, in the book I recommended yesterday, encourages us to ask ourselves, “if God were creating the perfect wife for my husband, would I be it?”

Selah – pause and humbly consider this!

Whew! Well, uh, – “no.” Bob says so, but I have my doubts! About me, that is – not doubt about God putting us together. If you haven’t read about our meeting and lack of “courtship,” it is here: https://searchfortreasure.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/bob-is-beginning-his-journey-into-ps-9010b/

Married 48 years of my 68 years to Bob. LOL I don’t remember NOT being married! December 1st will be the first anniversary of his retirement and we are still adjusting as if we were newlyweds.

Oops – getting off the path of Abigail’s journey and her words to the soon-to-be crowned king, David. I will paste them again for you, and what I want you to do today is consider this discourse, a prayer. Personalize it.

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.”

1Sa 25:32 Then David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me,

1Sa 25:33 and blessed be your discernment, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodshed, and from avenging myself by my own hand.

1Sa 25:34 “Nevertheless, as the LORD God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from harming you, unless you had come quickly to meet me, surely there would not have been left to Nabal until the morning light as much as one male.”

1Sa 25:35 So David received from her hand what she had brought him, and he said to her, “Go up to your house in peace. See, I have listened to you and granted your request.”

 

November 18, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail | Leave a comment

Nabal and Abigail, “my punishment is more than I can bear “…

In verse 24 of the 25th chapter of 1 Samuel, Abigail places a supplication before David as she falls at his feet, saying, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be:The word, “iniquity” was first used in Genesis 4:13 – Cain is speaking: My punishment is greater than I can bear.” “Punishment” is the same word as “iniquity.” It has been translated many times as “iniquity” and just a few times as “punishment.” Bullinger’s definition says that this word is specially connected to idolatry and goes on to say that “it is rather a course of bad conduct flowing from the evil desires of the fallen nature.” This definition certainly describes Nabal.

Why does Abigail say such a statement? I could go on to say that no one sins unto himself or that in a marriage the two are considered as one. I do not necessarily see a “type of Christ” here as Abigail is a female, which breaks down that type.

What I do know?

  • A wife is to be her husband’s “help meet.” – “suited to his needs.”
  • The woman was created for the man. (1 Cor. 11:8-9
  • The married woman is concerned for the things that please her husband. (1 Cor. 7:34)
  • A wife can intercede for her husband.

Is the heart of your husband safe with you? The Proverb 31 lady’s husband says “the heart of her husband trusts in her.” Her husband has a good reputation among the elders of the land. She receives praise from him instead of bitterness when he proclaims: “Many daughters have done nobly, but you excel them all.”

There is one thing that this mighty woman of Proverbs 31 does for herself. Verse 22: “She makes coverings for herself; her clothing is fine linen and purple.” The fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints (Rev. 19:8) needed for our wedding garment.

What do I think? Abigail is asking that the punishment meant for her husband be put upon her. Well, after all, she has done what her husband should have done. She is well aware of his iniquities, but she did not let Nabal’s wickedness corrupt her, taking his behavior as an opportunity to develop godly characteristics and behaviors into her own life.

P. S. – there is one book on marriage that I have given away many times. It is “Created to be His Help Meet,” by Debi Pearl. It is available on Amazon, even a Kindle edition.

November 17, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail | Leave a comment

Nabal and Abigail – or is the main character, David?

 Oh dear. I just made the mistake of reading some of the commentators on this portion of Scripture that are in my study program. I am inadequate to take on this account. Why, I am still fascinated that God has let me in on this conversation. Does it humble you to realize that God “went to the trouble” to have these things written down for you and me? God let us in on His thoughts and conversations as well as His purposes in a form of about 2,000 pages. And, any time I want, I can turn to 1 Samuel and read a conversation between an anointed king and a wealthy woman’s humble and wise supplication.

Excuse me – I must remove my shoes for I am on holy ground!

So – now – where was I?

On reading through this portion again, my thoughts were directed more to David as the protagonist as opposed to Abigail. As a woman, it is easy for me to latch onto every word of Abigail’s, and, her spirit – attitude of heart – is one to be desired and admired. I know that she is a “type” or “pattern” for the future bride of Christ. She is prepared with the fruits of her labors going before her – laying up “treasure” – for her future hope of being included in the coming king’s kingdom. We are privy to her mind and reasonings with which she displays in not only wise words, but in wise behaviors.

But, in my meditations today, there is only one outstanding element in this story. That is, that Abigail is used by God – putting her into the path of a vicious man bent on killing – and it takes every other element in Abigail’s life to place her there, even down to her “mismatched” marriage to a fool!

David needs for her to stand in the gap. He declares, “As the LORD God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from harming you, unless you had come quickly to meet me…” (1 Sam. 25:34a) God’s will on earth had been done according to His will in heaven. He chose for Abigail to be in that place at that time. She made haste to do His will.

I know of some other people that God has had in place to do His will – and even reminded God, Himself, of His covenant and promises:

Exo 32:7 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves:

Exo 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

Exo 32:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people:

Exo 32:10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

Exo 32:11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?

Exo 32:12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.

Exo 32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.

Exo 32:14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

November 16, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail | Leave a comment

Nabal and Abigail, …”with the humble is wisdom…”

 “…With the humble is wisdom” is the last phrase of Proverbs 11:2. The first, is “when pride comes, then comes dishonor.”

Abigail personifies humbleness, yet she, as a decisive, wealthy woman, gives orders to her servants. She declares herself a servant of David’s when she meets him. He has revenge upon a fool as his goal but she desires that wisdom be her persuasiveness.

Read that last phrase again, girls. Wisdom is persuasive. Scroll down and read Friday’s post of verses 23-31 of 1 Samuel 25 that I copied for you there. Abigail dismounts her donkey, falls on her face and bows herself to the ground – a wealthy lady in costly garments is prostrate upon the ground begging that she take the blame that food was not sent to David and his men. In the same breath, she asks for a hearing. She has something to say, but she adds: “LISTEN to the words of your maidservant.”

You want to know that when you are speaking, that your words have “listen” written all over them, don’t you?

Keep in mind that Abigail lives with a drunken, harsh fool of a husband. She is not back at the house falling down in a temper tantrum attempting to change him. She has fallen down on her face before the very dangerous one threatening to destroy all males in her family. She goes straight to the source of the only one with the authority to listen to her supplications and stay the execution. That’s wisdom.

And where does wisdom dwell? “I, wisdom dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.” It isn’t wise to just have wisdom! One must know where to find it among its other inhabitants. And – “…a prudent wife is from the Lord.” (Pr. 19:14b)

Prudence sets the parameters of wisdom, and within the parameters, are knowledge and discretion to guide and influence the wisdom.

(I just read that again. You should, too!)

First words of wisdom from Abigail? “Don’t pay attention to this man of Belial. Nabal is his name and folly is his game.” (uh, Mary’s paraphrase.) Well, she knows her husband, doesn’t she? She tells David not to – literally – “set his heart to” this worthless man.

First appeal? To David’s heart!

Has Abigail heard that David is a man after God’s own heart?!

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

November 15, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail | Leave a comment

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.”

November 12, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail | Leave a comment

Nabal and Abigail, “according to your faith….”

 Many battles are fought in the “hidden” places before the Lord with nary a sword being drawn. Many battles are thwarted in the “hidden” places before the Lord through an intercessor wielding the “sword of the spirit,” The Word of God.

I know a woman who did not fear a harsh and evil husband – nor – did she fear a revenge-seeking lord. Abigail’s behaviors were not motivated by fear. They were motivated by faith. She knew the “things to come” and acted accordingly to please her lord.

Let me just look up for you a few verses concerning “things to come,”

1Co 10:11 Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

Col 2:17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

1Ti 4:8 for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Heb 9:11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;

Heb 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even regarding things to come.

Rev 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Also, I keep being reminded of 1 Peter 3. Here are instructions to wives who desire to be heirs of the grace of age-lasting life by being submissive to their husbands in the same way that Christ was submissive to His Father. This wife is instructed so as to be a child of Sarah, Abraham’s wife, if she calls her husband “lord” as Sarah did without being frightened by any fear!

This is a Jamieson, Fausett, Brown quote: 1Pe 3:6 Sara — an example of faith. calling him lord — (Gen_18:12). ye are — Greek, “ye have become”: “children” of Abraham and Sara by faith, whereas ye were Gentile aliens from the covenant. afraid with any amazement — Greek, “fluttering alarm,” “consternation.” Act well, and be not thrown into sudden panic, as weak females are apt to be, by any opposition from without. Bengel translates, “Not afraid OF any fluttering terror coming from without” (1Pe_3:13-16).

So here is 1 Peter 3:1-6 for your consideration and meditation:  1Pe 3:1 ¶ In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 1Pe 3:2 as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. 1Pe 3:3 And let not your adornment be merely external–braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 1Pe 3:4 but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 1Pe 3:5 For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands. 1Pe 3:6 Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear.

 

November 11, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail | 1 Comment

Nabal and Abigail – “the hidden meeting”…

 1Sa 25:20 And it came about as she was riding on her donkey and coming down by the hidden part of the mountain, that behold, David and his men were coming down toward her; so she met them.(NASB)

My friend comments:

The plot thickens! The advancement of a humble woman before the one who is ready to attack! They nearly collide with contrasting thoughts and intents of the heart and purpose, in the covert of the hill. I should think she nearly stumbles into him. It’s sudden! He’s coming from this hiding place as she is entering it.”

Mary here: There is a lot about this verse that I am not fully comprehending. Both David and his men were “coming down” as well as Abigail “coming down” the hidden (covert) part of the mountain. How is it that they both were “coming down?”

After a little research, I find that this is a matter of geography: David was coming down mount Paran (BDB Definition: Paran = “place of caverns” – wilderness area bounded on the north by Palestine, on the west by the wilderness of Etham, on the south by the desert of Sinai, and on the east by the valley of Arabah; the exodus was through this area and probably all 18 stops were in this area); Abigail was coming down from Carmel (BDB Definition:

Carmel = “garden-land” 1) a mountain on the Mediterranean coast of northern Israel, just below Haifa 2) a town in the mountains on the west side of the Dead Sea and south of Hebron).

(Bet you knew that already.)

Abigail is riding a donkey. What mounts do David and his men have? I’m thinking none.

Abigail’s “fruit of her labors” have preceded her, remember: 1Sa 25:18 “¶ Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread and two jugs of wine and five sheep already prepared and five measures of roasted grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys. 1Sa 25:19 And she said to her young men, “Go on before me; behold, I am coming after you.” ….”

How many donkeys loaded with good things had David passed when he meets the wealthy woman with her plea?

My friend notes:

I really think that it is with wisdom that Abigail did her alms before the Lord not before men (including her husband who is not aligned with her under the authority of God). She obediently doesn’t tell her husband. Like the believer who prays silently, humble and righteous and before in the prayer closet rather than a religious performance before the audience like the Pharisees. The servants who go on before her also remind me that there are ministering spirits who are sent to lead me and guide me toward the kingdom. They are taking her treasure to ―her secret holding tank‖ to be examined on that day! She will receive her reward! This was done for the anointed king of Israel! She knows David! She believed Samuel! (Ps 44:21, Prov. 11:13)”

November 10, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail | Leave a comment

Nabal and Abigail – “but she did not tell her husband”…

 1Sa 25:19 And she said to her young men, “Go on before me; behold, I am coming after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.

My friend continues:

Oh the Secrets!

We all have them!

God has secrets….for those who fear him! Ps 25:14

She didn’t tell her husband? Why not? Is she sinning? Is she taking the bull by the reigns? Wearing the pants? Usurping authority over her husband? Shouldn’t she just suffer the consequences along with her husband for his decision? He is the head of the household and she should submit quietly so as not to rock the boat – right? No! This is wisdom in action under grace, not the law! This is appropriate behavior necessary for securing her inheritance! She is being his helpmate without him knowing it! He wouldn’t listen to her anyway! She is so wise! He is a fool in denial of reality and ignorant of the Word of God (Type / anti type of Christ / David)!

There is a time for secrets! A helpmate will go to the top to get to the bottom of the matter. There are so many brave women who have been given a bad commentary throughout time: Thank you God for the wisdom of Rehab, Tamar, Sarah, Esther, Ruth and Abigail! You are an inspiration to me! They have their inheritance secured.

In the scripture, Abigail has a secret she keeps from her husband. Not one but two. This is the number of witness and division. She is sending her servants on before her knowing that she will follow them. This reminds me of Jacob in Gen. 32: 18 – 32 Jacob sends presents on before him to his brother Esau to appease him and it is during this process that he wrestles with the angel and proclaims that he has not only seen God, but has preserved his life! This is a secret, done in private for a period of time, a personal struggle to go to battle with the Lord. Not against the Lord, but to challenge, wrestle, seek with every ounce of spiritual energy the soul can muster to find victory in life’s trials.

Abigail is building on a firm foundation with gold, silver and precious gems found in those who do secret work before God which will be publically rewarded in the day out ahead for those who look to His coming!

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Matt 6:1

But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. Matt 3 & 4

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matt 6:6

That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Matt 6:18

I really think that it is with wisdom that Abigail did her alms before the Lord not before men (including her husband who is not aligned with her under the authority of God). She obediently doesn’t tell her husband. Like the believer who prays silently, humble and righteous and before in the prayer closet rather than a religious performance before the audience like the Pharisees. The servants who go on before her also remind me that there are ministering spirits who are sent to lead me and guide me toward the kingdom. They are taking her treasure to ―her secret holding tank‖ to be examined on that day! She will receive her reward! This was done for the anointed king of Israel! She knows David! She believed Samuel! (Ps 44:21, Prov. 11:13) 48

There are multiple mentions regarding secrets in this passage. I should think that this is simply the fact that Abigail has a personal relationship in prayer with the Lord common to those who enjoy His fellowship, direction and anticipation of being called forth to His presence. Her secret encounters will be rewarded openly.

We are not under the law, we are under grace. What looks right in man’s eye is often an outward exercise of legalism and not grace. Man pleasing is a deceitful thing.”

November 9, 2010 Posted by | Just for Women, Nabal and Abigail | Leave a comment

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