Summary: Abigail was the wise wife of a fool!
I. The Introduction of the Couple
A. The introduction of Nabal, 2-3
B. The introduction of Abigail, v. 3
II. The Injustice of Nabal
A. David’s diplomacy, 4-9
B. Nabal’s defiance, 10-12
III. The Indignation of David, verse 13, “. . .Gird ye on every man his sword. . . .”
A. David was put off (unpaid)
B. David was put-upon (stressed), due to feeding 400 men and increased by Nabal’s action
C. David was put out (wasted time, vs. 21, “Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.”)
D. David was put down (insulted), vs. 10 & 21
IV. The Intercession of Abigail, 14-31
A. Abigail’s Approach to calm David
B. Abigails Arguments to cool David.
1. Revelation, She Reveals the true nature of Nabal’s character
a. The reason for an angry response
b. The result of an angry response, to a fool, you become one.
2. Restitution, She Restored the food that should have been given him, (25:27: 25:18)
3. Reflection, She reflected on David’s future grief is he sheds innocent blood, 25:30, 31
4. Reminisce, She Reminded David of God’s past, present and future protection and blessing, 25:26,28,29
a. God’s intercession through the voice of Abigail.
b. God’s intervention through the vengance upon Nabal