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April 24, 2018

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Reading along with us in 1 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

1 Samuel 25 (ESV)

Now Samuel died. And all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah.

Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran. And there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel.Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved; he was a Calebite. David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep. So David sent ten young men. And David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal and greet him in my name. And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have. I hear that you have shearers. Now your shepherds have been with us, and we did them no harm, and they missed nothing all the time they were in Carmel...Continue Reading

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  1. But I your servant did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent. 26Now then, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, because the Lord has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal.

  2. What a pleasant reminder to read about my daughter’s namesake! Neither David or Nabal are stellar examples of good behavior in their initial reactions. David’s request is reasonable, my men and I protected you so give us some provisions. Nabal reacts in a way consistent with his evil character and says no with some jibes thrown at David. David reacts like a petulant child…you didn’t do what I wanted so I’m going to show you. We need to be careful when we are offended, disregarded or neglected. It is easy to react like David but Jesus calls us to a higher standard. I think turning the other cheek would apply here.

    And then our heroine steps in. She is wise, humble and gracious. How this woman got involved with Nabal defies explanation. She throws water on the fire of conflict as opposed to gasoline. And her words and demeanor win the day. Davids does well to humble himself and respond positively to Abigail’s suggestions. And as God assures us, He takes care of Nabal. It is no wonder that David takes Abigail as his wife….but is it right?

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