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Abigail Intervenes

1 Samuel 25: 1-35

"Great blessings belong to those who work to bring peace (peacemakers). God will call them his sons and daughters." Matthew 5:9

As we continue learning about PEACE this month, today we hear the story of Abigail and how she made peace with David and saved a lot of people from death. Abigail's husband was an evil man and he made David very angry.  Abigail interceded and convinced David to not attack and kill her husband's army. Read along below to see how everything turned out...

1 Samuel 25:2-35:  "There was a very rich man living in Maon. He had 3000 sheep and 1000 goats. That man was in Carmel taking care of some business. He went there to cut the wool from his sheep. This man’s name was Nabal. He was from Caleb’s family. Nabal’s wife was named Abigail. She was a wise and beautiful woman, but Nabal was a mean and cruel man. 

David was in the desert when he heard that Nabal was cutting the wool from his sheep. David sent ten young men to talk to Nabal. He told them, “Go to Carmel. Find Nabal and tell him ‘Hello’ for me.” David gave them this message for Nabal: “May you and your family be well and all that you own be well. I heard that you are cutting wool from your sheep. Your shepherds were with us for a while, and we did nothing wrong to them. We never took anything from your shepherds while they were at Carmel. Ask your servants and they will tell you this is true. Please be kind to my young men. We come to you now, at this happy time. Please give these young men anything you can. Please do this for me, your friend David.” 

David’s men went to Nabal. They gave his message to Nabal, but Nabal said, “Who is David? Who is this son of Jesse? There are many slaves who have run away from their masters these days. I have bread and water, and I have the meat I killed for my servants who cut the wool from my sheep. But I won’t give them to men I don’t even know.” David’s men went back and told him everything that Nabal had said. David’s response was, “Put on your swords.” So David and his men put on their swords. About 400 men went with David while 200 of them stayed with the supplies. One of Nabal’s servants spoke to Nabal’s wife Abigail. The servant said, “David sent messengers from the desert to meet our master, but Nabal was rude to them. Nabal was foolish to say what he did. Terrible trouble is coming to our master and all his family. You need to think of something to do.”

Abigail quickly gathered up 200 loaves of bread, two full wine bags, five cooked sheep, about a bushel of cooked grain, about 2 quarts of raisins, and 200 cakes of pressed figs. She put them on donkeys. Then Abigail told her servants, “Go on. I’ll follow you.” But she did not tell her husband. Abigail rode her donkey down to the other side of the mountain. She met David and his men coming from the other direction. When she saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down with her face to the ground in front of him. Abigail fell at his feet and said, “Sir, please let me talk to you. Listen to what I say. Blame me for what happened. I didn’t see the men you sent. Sir, don’t pay any attention to that worthless man, Nabal. His name means ‘Foolish,’ and that is what he is. Now, I am bringing this gift to you. Please give these things to your men. Please forgive me for doing wrong. I know the Lord will make your family strong because you fight his battles. People will never find anything bad about you as long as you live. 

David answered Abigail, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel. Praise God for sending you to meet me. God bless you for your good judgment. You kept me from killing innocent people today. As surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, if you hadn’t come quickly to meet me, not one man in Nabal’s family would have lived until tomorrow morning. But the Lord prevented me from hurting you.” Then David accepted Abigail’s gifts. He told her, “Go home in peace. I have listened to your request, and I will do what you asked."

Abigail listened and did a very good thing by making peace with David. David and his army were going to kill her husband's men, but because of Abigail's peacemaking, they were spared. Making peace with others not only helps us, but it helps and blesses others!

BOTTOM LINE: You can show you care about others by being a part of the solution.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What are ways you can be a peacemaker?


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