Saturday, February 11, 2006
A WISE WOMAN
I’ve fallen behind in my Bible study ...The days sometimes get away from me too fast.
I Samuel 25
In verse 1 we see the death of Samuel. Samuel was a good man, and faithful to the end..That is the last we hear of Samuel.
Next we meet Nabal and his wife Abigail.
David and his men always protected their fellow Israelites and they protected Nabal’s animals and herdsmen. As was the custom, David requested provisions from Nabal and he insulted David and his men discourteously and sent them away.
If Abigail had been like her husband the result would have been a tragedy.
Abigail prepared gifts for David and his men and when she reached David , she asked him to forgive her wicked husband. Because of this David did not seek revenge.
Abigail then returned home to find her husband throwing a party. Afterwards she told Nabal about what she had done and he died 10 days later.
The Bible teaches the incontrovertible law of sowing and reaping.
Make no mistake God is not to be mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows.
In verse 39 David gives us a wonderful lesson for anyone dealing with dreadful people.
David said…Blessed be the Lord who has requited the insult I have received at the hand of Nabal and who restrained the hand of His servant from doing evil, but has punished Nabal for his own evil deeds.
The Lord worked through Abigail to keep David from punishing Nabal. We should remember that vengeance is the Lord’s, not ours.
David then took Abigail as his wife. He went a little overboard in the marriage department. We can be happy for Abigail, but polygamy is never God’s will.
…That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife and the two of them become one body.
Deuteronomy 17 says that Kings were told not to multiply wives or their heart will be led astray. David knew that he was to be God’s next king and already he had disobeyed one of God’s commands.
God’s Word will once again be proved as we see David being led astray.
May we take God at His Word and not have to learn everything the hard way.
So often we receive good advise and ignore it. Wouldn’t life be much simpler if we didn’t have to prove every thing for ourselves. Some lessons are very tough to learn.
Next time we’ll take a look at David’s fears and frustrations.
‘On Ya’ - ma