Summary: Before a person comes to Christ, we are under the dictates of the Old Testament Law. When we came to Christ, we became "married to another." Abigail pictures this same truth in 1 Samuel 25.
Text: Read 1 Samuel 25. (I will submit this text for you at the end of this outline.)
In Brief, Nabal refuses to give a "love offering" to David and his men who have been protecting his shepherds from being harmed by the enemy. Nabal is a fool. If his wife, Abigail, had not come to David with intercession and an offering, the entire household of Nabal would have been endangered. David would had intentions of putting to death all of the men of the household.
Within ten days Nabal would die from the hand of the Lord, and David would take Abigail to be his wife.
Title: “Mr. Wrong meet Mr. Right”
Introduction: A type of what happened when I got saved…
Rom 7:1,2) Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband.
Before I came to know Christ, I was enslaved to the Law. My sin held me in bondage. When Christ died on the cross, the ordinances that were against me were covered with the blood of Christ and upon the resurrection of Christ, I was robed in the righteousness of Christ. Like Abigail in this text, I became "married to another."
About Mr. Wrong (Nabal)
1. He was deceived about his wealth.
Nabal was of the household of Caleb. I am sure that fact had helped secure for him some of his wealth. Wealth can be deceiving. Remember Jesus said that it would be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into heaven. The rich man often places his faith in his riches.
2. He was unthankful for his blessings.
Nabal would not acknowledge the help that David and his men had been providing for him. The very name of Nabal meant "fool." A foolish man does not take the time to give God the praise and the honor. A foolish man does not take time for Church, Bible Study, or prayer. He is ungodly. He is unthankful for the blessings of the Lord.
3. He was unaware of pending judgment.
When David hears of the negative reply of Nabal, he mounts up his horse and gets ready to render judgment. Nabal is totally unaware of his folly. Instead of preparing for judgment, he throws himself a feast. He is totally drunken with deception. He thinks that it is because of his "wisdom" and "strength" that David has not challenged him in battle. He does not know that it was because of the sacrifice made by his wife, Abigail, that he has remained thus far out of harms way.
About Mr. Right (David)
1. He was the unseen “blesser.”
David and his men were camped in the woods. They were very much like our military defenders today. America remains free because of those on the front line who are keeping the peace.
God is the "unseen" blesser of our lives. I wonder how much we owe to the guardian angels that God has placed in our lives to give us watch care and protection?
2. He was the anointed King.
The Kingdom of Christ is yet to come. Samuel had already anointed David to be the King of Israel. At the time of our text, Saul is still the King, but the Spirit of God had departed from him. In his jealousy, David was forced out of the palace.
Soon Christ, like in this text with David, will be established on his throne. He is the King of the coming Kingdom.
3. He would render the pending judgment.
One day God will make every high hill low, and the crooked paths straight.
In our text, David was equipped for battle.
How to become Mrs. Right?
Abigail was married to a fool, before the chapter is over she will become married to the King. How did this happen?
1. Believed the published report.
When the servants told Abigail of the conversation between Nabal and David’s men, and warned her to do something to make an intervention, she acted upon the word that she had been given.
A lost man needs to respond to the Word of God in order to have the chains of sins bondage removed.
2. Come with to the proper sacrifice.
Abigail came to David with a sacrifice.
The only acceptable sacrifice for our salvation was that made by Christ at the cross of Calvary.
3. Bow down to the Lordship of Christ.
This wealthy lady of dignity bowed down when she came into the presence of David.