Summary: This sermon in our series deals with the great impact the godly woman Abigail had on David's life.

The Value Of A Godly Woman

1 Samuel 25:1-42

40When the servants of David had come to Abigail at Carmel, they spoke to her saying, "David sent us to you, to ask you to become his wife."

41Then she arose, bowed her face to the earth, and said, "Here is your maidservant, a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord."

42So Abigail rose in haste and rode on a donkey, attended by five of her maidens; and she followed the messengers of David, and became his wife.

One day a preacher noticed that he was putting his congregation to sleep with a rather dry sermon. To wake folks up he declared, "I lived with a woman for over 17 years who was not my wife!" As you can imagine the sleepy heads in the pew quickly woke up and paid attention. He then clarified, "The woman was my mother" and he proceeded to talk about the effect his mother had on him. It so happened that another preacher was visiting this church that day and was amused by the wit of the preacher and made a mental note to use that same technique back at his church. So on his first Sunday back in the pulpit, he opened with the same line. "For 10 years I lived with a woman who was not my wife!" An awkward silence lingered as the preacher realized that he forgot the punch line. Finally he said, "And for the life of me I can't remember who she was."

Today we continue our series of sermons on the life of David.

Today's Bible passage is about a wonderful woman

who came into David's life and saved the day.

Many of us have had wonderful women

who have made a huge difference in our lives.

My wife Pat certainly changed my life.

I'm truly thankful that 39 years ago the Lord brought us together.

1 Samuel Chapter 25 opens by telling us

that Samuel the prophet has died.

The people of Israel gathered and mourned.

Samuel had played an important role in David's life.

He anointed David as Israel's next king.

He was an important source of strength and comfort for David.

But now the great man of God was gone.

Saul is still king and David is still on the run.

Though chapter 24 ended with King Saul

apparently giving up the effort to kill David

he doesn't trust Saul.

So David does not go home.

David and his 600 fighting men have been

fighting various tribes in the wilderness.

They were protecting shepherds from attack from these tribes

as a security business.

Verse 2 tells us about a rich man named Nabal.

He had 1,000 goats and 3,000 sheep.

His wife's name was Abigail.

Verses 2 through 4 say she was an intelligent and beautiful woman,

but her husband was rude and mean in his dealings.

David hears that Nabal is shearing sheep.

It was customary in that day,

Tht at the time the sheep were sheared

the owner would give a portion of the profit he made

to those who had protected his shepherds

while they were out in the fields.

David and his men have been doing a good job,

so David expects to receive a reward.

David sends 10 of his men to collect.

When David's men arrive, they ask for payment in David's name.

1 Samuel 25:10-11

Then Nabal answered David's servants, and said, "Who is David, and who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants nowadays who break away each one from his master. 11 Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men when I do not know where they are from?"

Nabal refuses to pay.

So the men go back to David with the bad news.

How did David react to this insult?

1 Samuel 25:13 Then David said to his men, "Every man gird on his sword." So every man girded on his sword, and David also girded on his sword. And about four hundred men went with David, and two hundred stayed with the supplies.

Are you surprised by David's reaction?

This the same man who refused to retaliate against Saul

even though Saul was trying to kill him?

Here, David lets his anger run wild

and moves toward Nabal with 400 men.

Have you ever over-reacted like that before?

Have you ever let your anger prompt you to do something bad?

What will keep David from making a terrible mistake?

Verses 14 to 17 take us to Nabal's sheep and goat ranch.

One of the servants tells Nabal's wife Abigail

about the visit of David's men

and how her husband treated them

He asks Abigail to do something quickly

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