Today we get to enjoy reading my daughter, Cecily’s thoughts on Abigail from 1 Samuel 25. Thank you Cecily for guest blogging, I know that others will be rewarded by your discussion.
Abigail was married to a very rich man named Nabal. 1 Samuel chapter 25, verse 3 tells us that “…she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance; but the man was harsh and evil in his doings.”
For a little background on the story: David was on the run from Saul. He and his men were in the wilderness near Nabal’s home. On a feast day, David sent some of his men to Nabal to ask for some food. “And thus you shall say to him who lives in prosperity: ‘Peace be to you, peace to your house, and peace to all that you have! 7 Now I have heard that you have shearers. Your shepherds were with us, and we did not hurt them, nor was there anything missing from them all the while they were in Carmel. 8 Ask your young men, and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we come on a feast day. Please give whatever comes to your hand to your servants and to your son David.’” (verses 6-8) However, Nabal refused to share anything with David and his men. This angered David – a lot. He decided to attack Nabal and his men.
One of the young men came to Abigail and explained what had happened. “Now therefore, know and consider what you will do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his household. For he is such a scoundrel that one cannot speak to him.” (verse 17)
After hearing this, Abigail quickly gathered food for David and his men, and took it to them without telling her husband. Then, when she came to David, she fell at his feet. She not only asked David to spare her husband’s life, but also took the blame for what had happened. “23 Now when Abigail saw David, she dismounted quickly from the donkey, fell on her face before David, and bowed down to the ground. 24 So she fell at his feet and said: “On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your maidservant. 25 Please, let not my lord regard this scoundrel Nabal. For as his name is, so is he: Nabal is his name, and folly is with him! But I, your maidservant, did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent.” (verses 23-25)
It’s hard for me to imagine this kind of kindness. It’s obvious that everyone knew what a terrible man Nabal was, but Abigail took the blame for him and tried to right his wrong. “Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! 33 And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand.” 1 Samuel 25:32-33 Abigail knew that her husband was awful, but she also knew that it wasn’t right for David to avenge himself. Romans 12:19 says “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath, for it is written ‘Vengeance is mis, I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
Later, Abigail is blessed because of her faith and kindness. The Lord does avenge David, 1 Samuel 25 verse 38 says “Then it happened, after about ten days, that the Lord struck Nabal, and he died.” After hearing about this, David sent for Abigail to become his wife. “When the servants of David had come to Abigail at Carmel, they spoke to her saying, “David sent us to you, to ask you to become his wife.” 41Then she arose, bowed her face to the earth, and said, ‘Here is your maidservant, a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.’” (verse 40-41)
Abigail was rewarded because she did the right thing and trusted God to take care of the rest. Undoubtably, she deserves the title “woman of faith”.
Until next time