Abigail- A woman of strength and courage
Sermon shared by Neil Partington
Summary: Men do dumb things from time to time. Nabal was drunk and refused to help David out. Thanks to Abigail, Nabalís life was spared. Abigail acted is a model that we all need to follow.
Series: Women in the Bible
Denomination: Christian/Church of Christ
Audience: General adults
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This morning, we are going to begin a new series on women in the Bible.
This is a series that I would like to preach on for the rest of the summer
I did this series several years ago and received a lot of good feedback
So often, we focus on the men in the Bible and we forget about the other unsung hero of scripture
Women played a vital role in the Bible.
Not only did they have children and raise the family, but they also did heroic things such as risking their lives to establish peace and offering wisdom as judges.
Jesus ministry was financed by women
He didnít have to worry about the money b/c the women took care of that.
Today, our scripture invites us to look at a lady named Abigail.
Does anybody know anything about Abigail?
(Invite people to share what they know)
Starting with the beginning of chapter 25, we read that the prophet Samuel dies.
He is buried in Ramah and the whole assemble of Israel mourns for him.
After the time of mourning, David, who have been wondering in the desert because King Saul was trying to kill him, sends some men to seek food from a wealthy man named Nabal
Nabal ridicules David and his men and sends them away without any food.
Now David and his men had been protecting Nabalís herds from raids.
It was not uncommon for herds of sheep and cattle to be raided by natural predators and other human nations.
David and his men were acting as police or a standing army for Nabalís wealth.
So when David asked for some compensation to feed his men, Nabal refused to help David.
When David gets wind of Nabalís refusal not to help, he assembles his men and goes to destroy Nabal.
During this time, Abigail, Nabalís wife is made aware of the situation and she quickly makes enough food to feed David and his men
Then she got on her donkey and intercepts David and his men and she does two things.
Asks that blame be placed on her
Offers the food to David and his men
Abigail stopped a hostile situation from taking place.
She protected her husband from the danger that he didnít know was coming by taking care of Davidís needs
Nabal was stupid enough to cross a soldier after the soldier just protected him.
No wonder the name Nabal means fool
His parents wisely named him.
Abigail said "The buck stops here. Blame me for the wrong doing and spare my husband his life."
Abigail also recognized the injustice that took place.
Nabalís servants told her how David and his men protected the herds
The were well treated by David and his men and nothing went missing while they were protected
These men risked their lives for Abigailís family
And they deserved to be paid.
Besides providing for Davidís menís needs, Abigail also instructs David well.
She tells David that his actions were wrong
ďDavid, you canít just kill Nabal. You are the future king.Ē
Itís almost like our wives offering us sound advice using sports analogies to get our attention.
Fisherman wives might say, ďDonít worry about that we have bigger fish to fry.Ē A Golfers wife might say, ďA decision like that may land you in the hazard.Ē A hunterís wife might say, ďBe steady on the trigger you might not get another shot.Ē An athleteís wife might say, ďThatís bad sportsmanship.Ē A baseball wife might say, ďDonít swing at junk.Ē A basketball wife might
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