Tag: 1st Samuel 24-26

A foolish connection!

Scripture reading for March 24th: 1st Samuel 24-26

Nabal was a “Calebite”, a descendant of Caleb, the faithful spy and conqueror of giants.  Nabal was described as being “surly and mean in his dealings”. (1st Samuel 25:3)  One of his own servants also described Nabal as a man who was “such a wicked man that no one could talk to him”. (1st Samuel 25:17)  He liked to party and alcohol was also a factor in his reputation.  (1st Samuel 25:36) If he were around today, he would fit in well with many men in our world: arrogant, alcohol-loving,  greedy and sporting a mean disposition which most people find difficult to get along with.

Nabal was married to a Abigail, a woman described as “intelligent and beautiful”.  It is interesting how God places people together.  Often our mate is the one who can help us with our own sins and weaknesses.  Hearing how arrogantly her husband had treated the servants of David, who had helped protect Nabal’s herds, she quickly took action to avert a disaster.  She was like the godly woman in Proverbs 31 who was working for her husband’s good.   She appealed to David, humbly asking for his favor.  David listened and relented.  Through this godly woman, he heard the voice of God and was spared the shedding of innocent blood.

Returning home, Abigail found her husband at a party, drunk.  She waited until morning to tell him what she had done.  When Nabal heard about her kindness, God struck him with a stroke.  The scripture says that Nabal “became like a stone”.  He soon died and David married Abigail!

Alcohol is a source of great trouble in families and costs individuals their health and often their soul!  Revenge belongs to God alone.  Sometimes God’s timing is not as precise as in our story today, but God knows what is best and needed.  He wants none to perish, but all to come to repentance.   Godly mates can help us to overcome our weaknesses and besetting sins, but we must be humble and teachable.  Our attitude determines our destiny!

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Nabal the fool!

Scripture reading for March 23rd: 1st Samuel 24-26

Have you ever known someone who was hard to get along with?  Not only that, they were rich and had lots of money and refused to help those who helped them?  Nabal was such a man whose record is written down for us to ponder.

Nabal was a “Calebite”, a descendant of Caleb, the faithful spy and conqueror of giants.  Nabal was described as “surly and mean in his dealings”. (1st Samuel 25:3)  One of his own servants also described Nabal as “such a wicked man that no one could talk to him”. (1st Samuel 25:17)  He liked to party and alcohol was also a factor in his reputation.  (1st Samuel 25:36) If he were around today, he would fit in well with many men in our world who love alcohol, money, and cultivate a mean disposition. Looking at Nabal’s life is like watching one of today’s popular soap operas!

Nabal was married to a Abigail, a woman described as “intelligent and beautiful”.  It is interesting how God places people together.  Often our mate is the one who can help us with our own sins and weaknesses.  Hearing how arrogantly her husband had treated the servants of David who had helped protect Nabal’s herds, she quickly took action to avert a disaster.  Abigail took goods and met David and his men as they were coming to seek revenge.  She appealed to David, humbly asking for his favor.  David listened and relented and was spared from shedding of innocent blood.

Returning home, Abigail found her husband at a party, drunk.  She waited until morning to tell him what she had done.  When Nabal heard about her kindness, God struck him with what appears to be a stroke.  The scripture says that Nabal “became like a stone”.  Nabal died several days later and  because of Abigail’s  kindness and good sense, David asked her to marry him!

What lessons can we learn for our lives today?  Alcohol is a source of great trouble in families and can cost individuals their health and often their soul!  Second, revenge belongs to God alone.  He alone will repay!   He wants none to perish, but all to come to repentance if possible. Third, when we are humble, kind, and respect others, God will reward us.  Abigail was a good wife to her mean and surly husband.  She became a good wife to David!

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Vengence Belongs to God

Scripture reading for March 24th: 1st Samuel 24-26

Revenge is common in our world today.  People remember wrongs done and they don’t get mad, they just get even!  This thinking is contrary to the word of God!  Only God knows the heart of people perfectly.   God has made each person and has a purpose for each person.  When we destroy another just to get even, it is a very selfish thing to do.  We take the place of God when we attempt that.  That sounds like original sin and the temptation of the serpent!

David is tempted three times in three chapters and would have been considered “justified” in his actions if he had taken revenge.  The first incident involved King Saul hunting him to try and take his life.   David and his men were hiding in a cave and Saul came into the cave to relieve himself.  David’s men urged him to kill Saul but instead, he went and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.  Even this act caused David to speak God’s heart! “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lift my hand against him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” (1st Samuel 24:6)

The second incident involve a man named Nabal.  This man insulted David and his companions after they had protected them in the wilds of the Judean wilderness.  It was customary to show some gratitude by helping out with food because of the kindness, but Nabal was foolish and selfish.  David was insulted and called his men to strap on their swords to get even.  Nabal’s wife Abigail was wise and interceded for her foolish husband.  David was moved by her humility and God spoke to him again through her about revenge.  “May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands.” (1st Samuel 25:33)

In the chapter 26, David is again offered the opportunity to kill Saul as he hunts David yet again.  David has learned to trust that God will either get even in his own time, or show mercy.  (1st Samuel 26:9-11)  Would you take time today to examine your own heart for feelings of revenge?  “As surely as I valued your life today, so may the Lord value my life and deliver me from all trouble.” (1st Samuel 26:24)

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Nabal, the fool!

Scripture reading for March 24: 1st Samuel 24-26

Have you ever known someone who was hard to get along with?  Not only that, they were rich and had lots of money and refused to help those who helped them?  Nabal was such a man whose record is written down for us to ponder.

Nabal was a “Calebite”, a descendant of Caleb, the faithful spy and conqueror of giants.  Nabal was described as being “surly and mean in his dealings”. (1st Samuel 25:3)  One of his own servants also described Nabal as a man who was “such a wicked man that no one could talk to him”. (1st Samuel 25:17)  He liked to party and alcohol was also a factor in his reputation.  (1st Samuel 25:36) If he were around today, he would fit in well with many men in our world: arrogance, alcohol, money, and beautiful women leading to a surly and mean disposition which most people find difficult to get along with. Looking at Nabal’s life is like watching one of today’s popular soap operas!

Nabal was married to a Abigail, a woman described as “intelligent and beautiful”.  It is interesting how God places people together.  Often our mate is the one who can help us with our own sins and weaknesses.  It was that way in this marriage. Hearing how arrogantly her husband had treated the servants of David, who had helped protect Nabal’s herds, she quickly took action to avert a disaster.  She was like the godly woman in Proverbs 31 who was working for her husband’s good.  Abigail took goods and met David and his men as they were coming to seek revenge.  She appealed to David, humbly asking for his favor.  David listened and relented.  Through his godly woman, he heard the voice of God and was spared the shedding of innocent blood.

Returning home, Abigail found her husband at a party, drunk.  She waited until morning to tell him what she had done.  When Nabal heard about her kindness, God struck him with what appears to be a stroke.  The scripture says that Nabal “became like a stone”.  When you are mean and surly and your heart gets hard, the consequences can be deadly. On the other hand, because of Abigail’s  kindness and good sense, David asked her to marry him.  What a turn of events!

What lessons can we learn for our lives today?  First, mean and surly people cause trouble.  Alcohol is a source of great trouble in families and costs individuals their health and often their soul!  Second, revenge belongs to God alone.  He can and will repay!  Sometimes God’s timing is not as precise as in our story today, but God knows what is best and needed.  He wants none to perish, but all to come to repentance if possible.  He gives each person a chance. Third, when we are humble, kind, and respect others, God will and does reward us.  Abigail was well taken care of.  She was a good wife to her mean and surly husband.  She could become a good wife to David, king of Israel!   You reap what you sow!

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