1 Samuel 25

1 Samuel 25 begins with Samuel’s death.  There was great mourning as they buried him.  David and his men were a bit hungry, so he reached out to Nabal, who was a wealthy sheep rancher but a knuckle dragger as well.  He rebuffed David’s men and sent them away with nothing stating “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants these days who are breaking away from their masters. Shall I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers and give it to men who come from I do not know where”?  That is not the way to win the favor of another.

So David gets irritated and decides to wipe out Nabal and all his family and servants.  He gathers 400 men and prepares to head out to wipe them out.  Abigail, who was Nabal’s wife, hears of the situation and decides to take action.  “Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves and two skins of wine and five sheep already prepared and five seahs of parched grain and a hundred clusters of raisins and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys”.  She doesn’t mess around, but rather gathers all sorts of food to bring to David and his men.  How she had that much on hand is a bit of a mystery, but she did and she loaded it up to take to David.

She sees David and comes toward him.  David tells her “Surely in vain have I guarded all that this fellow has in the wilderness”.  Why was I so nice to Nabal and his men asks David.  Certainly the treatment Nabal has given did not match up with David’s protection of his flocks and people.  But Abigail intercedes.  “On me alone, my lord, be the guilt”.  She goes on and on about her worthless husband and steps between David and his men, and her sons and servants.  She takes the place of those David wants to kill in his anger through her intercession.  This is a great picture of what it means to intercede.

David is impressed.  “Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt”.  David is grateful that Abigail has stopped him from killing all those people.  He turns her free and says “I have granted your petition”.  David is not going continue his journey to wipe out Nabal.  About “ten days later the Lord struck Nabal, and he died” after finding out what Abigail had done.  And once he died, David “sent and spoke to Abigail, to take her as his wife”.  Her passion to intercede had captured David’s eye, and he wants her as his wife.  The power of intercession is so strong.


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