Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Precious Women of God--This Includes You! (Abigail)

Dear Friends~

I am so grateful to be able to share a post about one of the women of the Bible-- Abigail.  When we have shared the posts titled, "Precious Women of God--This Includes You!!" We have two goals in mind, to share God's Word about this individual, and for you to realize that in some way, YOU have things in common with this woman that He wanted all of the world to know about.  And, that YOU are just as important today, as the women of the Bible.  So, please keep this in mind as you read about Abigail.

abaI am using my Life Application Bible (NIV) for information today.   Abigail was a sensible and capable woman who was a persuasive speaker who could see the big picture beyond just her part in life.

She was a homemaker in Carmel.  Her first husband was a man named Nabal which actually means "fool."  (Do you see any foreshadowing here?)  Nabal was mean, unfair, and very, very wealthy.  David and his men offered Nabal and his servant's protection, and land to let his sheep and goats feed.  When Nabal had taken his property back to his home and the season to shear the animals was upon them, David sent messengers to speak with Nabal.  The messengers were told to greet Nabal with this greeting, "Say to him:  Long life to you!  Good health to you and your household! And good health to all that is yours! Now I hear that it is sheep-shearing time.  When your shepherds were with us, we did not mistreat them, and the whole time they were at Carmel nothing of theirs was missing.  Ask your own servants and they will tell you.  Therefore be favorable toward my men, since we come at festive time.  Please give your servants and your son David whatever you can find for them."        (1 Samuel 25:4-8)

Well, let me tell you, Nabal was mean as could be.  Unfair.  A fool. And, when David's messengers returned, and told David about Nabal's reply.  David told them to get their swords, with many of his other men, and he took up his sword and they headed off to Nabal's home. 

Fortunately, one of Nabal's men went to Abigail and told him about how his master hurled insults at David's men.  He also told her that ruin was coming to Nabal and his household.

Abigail saved the day!  If you want to know how this quick thinking woman did this, read
1 Samuel: Chapter 25!  It is very exciting!  And, find out what happens to Nabal...and Abigail.
I will give you one key Scripture:  "David said to Abigail, 'Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me.  May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands." (1 Samuel 25: 32, 33)

So, are you like Abigail?  Do you look at the big picture in life?  Are you loyal without being blind?
Do you use your skills to promote peace?  What challenge or responsibility do you face today that needs a person under God's control? 


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Traci Starkweather

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the reminder of Abigail's life. I enjoy reading my bible!


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