- A capable, intelligent, and virtuous woman–who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far above rubies or pearls (Prov 31:10)
Abigail was the answer to our Super- Faith Sunday Riddle, and just in case you missed it!
Here is the Link and Abigail’s Story!!
Hastily she went, though the road be crooked and the path be rough and rocky, but she must proceed hastily to right the wrongs of her husband and to make the paths smooth and straight if she was to save her family from death.
For David had sworn to avenge himself, and to kill every male of Abigail’s household because of her husband, Nabal.
Now Nabal was a rich man in Maon, having acquired a wealth of possessions…though the greatest of his possessions was his folly!!
But what else can you expect when your parents have name you fool??
And unfortunately for Abigail and her household, this fool had a short fuse and had not been held accountable for his hostile temperament, nor his rash words.
No- Nabal was never slow to speak!!
Nor was he slow to anger!!
He was easily offended, snappy and quick to rail and rebuke; so much so that to commune with Nabal was like fanning the flame of a fire.
Nabal was not a wise man!!
But Abigail was both wealthy and wise!!
Quite Wealthy was she in both understanding and discretion, But Her greatest possession was not her wealth, but it was her fear of the Lord-
And that profited her great Wisdom!!
And now Abigail must use her words of wisdom to calm and to pacify David’s unrelenting anger against Nabal.
You see, a young shepherd from her household had warned Abigail that David had intended evil against her household, because of Nabal’s reckless tongue.
He had given Abigail a full report regarding Nabal’s selfish behavior and his wretched treatment towards David’s soldiers, who had come to him, humbly asking Nabal to show them kindness by sending meat, bread, and water to his soldiers who had faithfully protected Nabal’s shepherds from the thirst and lust for lucre of the Philistines.
He told her how Nabal had ‘gone off,’ refusing to share his prosperity, but instead he aggressively sowed rebuke, rage, and defamation against David.
Nabal had accused David of being a worthless fugitive, on the run from his master and thus pretended as if he (Nabal) did not recognize the name of the boy who had killed Goliath, nor the valiant soldier who had slain 10,000’s, while his master (Saul) had only killed thousands.
But Abigail had heard of David’s great name in Carmel!!
And like the women in Israel, who had sang of David’s victories in battle, she had also heard of David’s many triumphs and of his valor, and she was convinced that God would cause David to prevail over all of his enemies in the land!!
Can you imagine being married to a hard-hearted man like Nabal??
How could he be so cruel to David, who had not only fought for all of Israel, prevailing against the Philistines, but David had also protected their personal property from being pillaged and taken into the hands of these same Philistines.
Nabal’s retort to David’s humble request had been sown in foolishness and folly, and now, in retribution, Nabal and all the males in his household were about to reap death!!
David had every intention of holding Nabal fully accountable for his words and for his folly!!
So now Abigail must not delay another moment, but she must make haste to rescue the lives of the men in her household and attempt to make amends for her husband’s reproach upon God’s anointed.
-Then Abigail made haste and took 200 loaves, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five measures of parched grain, 100 clusters of raisins, and 200 cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys. And she said to her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she did not tell her husband Nabal (1Sa 25:18)
David’s humble request for rations, was only for that which Nabal could spare, after feeding his own sheep shearers in Carmel, but ‘Faith- Full’ Abigail came forth bearing an abundance of ‘foodstuffs’ for the Man of God and she had packed quite a feast to feed David’s 400 soldiers.
And at the risk of loosing her own head, for David was girded with his sword, she lighted off her donkey and dropped to her face and pleaded with David to permit her to even speak.
- Kneeling at his feet she said, Upon me alone let this guilt be, my lord. And let your handmaid, I pray you, speak in your presence, and hear the words of your handmaid.
Realizing that life and death are in the power of the tongue, she must now speak life, as opposed to the death-wish which had erroneously been spoken from her husband’s lips.
-Though man is risen up to pursue you and to seek your life, yet the life of my lord shall be bound in the living bundle with the Lord your God. And the lives of your enemies–them shall He sling out as out of the center of a sling (1Sa 25:29)
It was only 10 days later that the Lord avenged David’s reproach, slinging out Nabal’s soul from his foolish flesh.
And Because of Abigail’s calming demeanor and her soothing advice, David had relented from his oath to annihilate the males in Nabal’s household.
The Lord smote Nabal and took away his precious pearl (Abigail) that he had foolishly hidden away in a shell.
Not only was Abigail beautiful, understanding and wise, but she was like the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31…
She was worth more than rubies…
Who can find her??
Well Nabal had found her first, but because he was careless with her and unaware of her worth and value, he mistreated her and he eventually lost her.
But Nabal’s loss was David’s gain and David pounced upon the opportunity to take hold of such a rich woman in spirit and a most valuable and virtuous crown jewel!!
David took Abigail to himself to wife and to reign with him as his queen in Hebron and also in Israel.
This is just another reminder to wait on God to avenge your enemies…Although wicked Nabal intended evil for David and his men, God turned it all around for David’s Good!
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