Sunday Message: August 6, 2017

"Girl Power: Abigail"



Scripture Lesson:

One of the great stories of David revolves around the focus of today's woman with Girl Power: Abigail. Today's reading comes from 1 Samuel 25. First, some background to the passage being used: Abigail's husband, Nabal was a very rich man who had large flocks of sheep. David's men had helped provide protection to some of Nabal's flocks, so David sent a few of his men to ask Nabal if he would share some of their provisions, as a little "thank you." Nabal, whose name means "foolish" was also greedy and a bully. He became enraged at David's request and basically said, "No way am I going to share my provisions with these men!" One of Nabal's servants went to Abigail and told her how her husband had insulted David and his men. The servant said "See what you can do, because trouble is coming for our master and his whole household. He's such a despicable and foolish person no one can speak to him." David could also be kind of quick to anger and he told his men to prepare for battle. David was ready to go to Nabal and show him who is the Boss!

1 Samuel 25:18-28, 32-35

Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves, two skins of wine, five sheep ready dressed, five measures of parched grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs. She loaded them on donkeys and said to her young men, "Go on ahead of me; I am coming after you." But she did not tell her husband Nabal. As she rode on the donkey and came down under cover of the mountain, David and his men came down toward her; and she met them. Now David had said, "Surely it was in vain that I protected all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him; but he has returned me evil for good. God do so to David and more also, if by morning I leave so much as one male of all who belong to him." When Abigail saw David, she hurried and alighted from the donkey, and fell before David on her face, bowing to the ground. She fell at his feet and said, "Upon me alone, my lord, be the guilt; please let your servant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your servant. My lord, do not take seriously this ill-natured fellow, Nabal; for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him; but I, your servant, did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent. "Now then, my lord, as the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, since the Lord has restrained you from bloodguilt and from taking vengeance with your own hand, now let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be like Nabal. And now let this present that your servant has brought to my lord be given to the young men who follow my lord. Please forgive the trespass of your servant; for the Lord will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the Lord; and evil shall not be found in you so long as you live.

David said to Abigail, "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who sent you to meet me today! Blessed be your good sense, and blessed be you, who have kept me today from bloodguilt and from avenging myself by my own hand! For as surely as the Lord the God of Israel lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, truly by morning there would not have been left to Nabal so much as one male." Then David received from her hand what she had brought him; he said to her, "Go up to your house in peace; see, I have heeded your voice, and I have granted your petition."(NRSV)

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