Abigail 10.17.16

     In this story Abigail was symbolic of the church.   The church is supposed to stand between the wrath of God and sinners, and pray for them and give them the gospel.  Just like those workers at the hospital in Dallas stood between the police officers and those who might do them harm. 

     Now, Abigail was bold, and she had some wise words, and some smooth words, but did it work?

1 Samuel 25:30-33 (NLT) 30 When the Lord has done all he promised and has made you leader of Israel, 31 don’t let this be a blemish on your record. Then your conscience won’t have to bear the staggering burden of needless bloodshed and vengeance. And when the Lord has done these great things for you, please remember me, your servant!”32 David replied to Abigail, “Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you to meet me today! 33 Thank God for your good sense! Bless you for keeping me from murder and from carrying out vengeance with my own hands.

OBSERVATION

     So Abigail bowed before David and pleaded with him not to kill Nabal.  She  we see that David did forgive Nabal for Abigail’s sake, and he forgives us because of the precious shed blood of his Son.  Let us look at how David represents Christ in this story.  Here is where we get to the meat of the story!

INTERPRETATION

     So Abigail was a mediator, negotiator, encourager, and prophet.   I mean David currently living from cave to cave.  He didn’t have a dime to his name, and only had 600 men.  But Abigail said “when you become leader of Israel,” not “if.” She said remember me when that happens.  She had so much faith in David that she praised him and basically said,” hook a sista up when you get some power.” She must have been able to relate to Saul’s treatment of David, because she was mistreated herself.   But it was almost like she was rooting for David, like she was fighting for him. 

Just like Abigail fought for both David and her household, remember that God is fighting for us in all we do. 

APPLICATION

Let God fight for you – God is working it out.  He may not always go at our speed, but he is working it out.  Just as Abigail’s answer to her situation was to go to David, the answer to our situations lies in our willingness to go to God for wisdom, advice, and council.  How many situations could have been avoided in our lives if we’d only done things God’s way? We can’t go back….but we can go forward in God. 

EQUIPPING

   See Christ in David —   Nabal was spared not because he deserved it, but because someone else cared enough to mediate for him.  Christ loved us enough to die for us.  We should love the “Nabals” enough to pray for them and share our faith as well.  See the world in Nabal in this story. 

     See the world in Nabal —- Nabal is every person around you who does not serve Jesus Christ. Take it seriously. Pray, pray, pray for the lost. Share your faith. Live a lifestyle that attracts others to Jesus. Abigail’s Answer to David’s wrath towards Nabal was to step in between the two of them. That is exactly what you are supposed to do as a Christian. 

     See the church in Abigail —- We are Abigail. The New Testament says that the message of the Gospel is supposed to be offensive.  If we sugar-coat the message, then people won’t understand that their sins separate them from God.  Then they won’t see the point of the cross, and the point of Christ coming to the earth. 

    Learn to recognize the Abigails around you —- learn to gravitate towards the Abigails in your life.   Seek them out.  Look for people who have wisdom, who seems to know how to solve problems without losing their cool.  

 Don’t despise God’s packaging — David and his men were a blessing and were protection to Nabal, Abigail, and Nabal’s estate, but he didn’t realize it; and he showed contempt to David.  We can miss out on a blessing because of how it’s packaged, oftentimes.  Abigail’s answer to Nabal’s arrogance was humility.  She could see the God in David.  Let us see the God in people. Let’s think like God thinks.  Abigail’s answer to her circumstances was to open her spiritual eyes and see that David was a godsend. 

      Abigail’s answer to Nabal’s foolishness was to mediate for him in front of David.  Abigail’s answer to our dying world would be to tell them of the Son of David, Jesus Christ, and his message of salvation and eternal life. Let us spread that message!

THE END.