Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 25:18-31. When Abigail heard what Nabal had done regarding David’s request and what David’s intentions were she hurried and put together a sort of peace offering for David and his men.
Abigail loaded up two donkeys with supplies for David and his men. She took two hundred loaves of bread, two bottles of wind, five sheep cleaned and ready to cook, five measures of parched corn, a hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs.
Abigail told her servants to go before her, but she didn’t tell her husband anything about what she was up to or where she was going.
David determined in his heart to get back at Nabal for his actions. David and his men had protected Nabal’s men and their belongings and this was the thanks they got for their service. David intended to destroy everything that belonged to Nabal before daylight.
When Abigail saw David and his men, she got off of her donkey and bowed down to David. She asked David to punish her for the sins of her husband. She also asked for David’s permission to speak.
Abigail begged David to forgive her and to let the LORD deal with her husband for his rebellious ways.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 25:18–
18 Then Abigail made haste, and took two hundred loaves, and two bottles of wine, and five sheep ready dressed, and five measures of parched corn, and an hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on asses.
19 And she said unto her servants, Go on before me; behold, I come after you. But she told not her husband Nabal.
20 And it was so, as she rode on the ass, that she came down by the covert of the hill, and, behold, David and his men came down against her; and she met them.
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.
22 So and more also do God unto the enemies of David, if I leave of all that pertain to him by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
23 And when Abigail saw David, she hasted, and lighted off the ass, and fell before David on her face, and bowed herself to the ground,
24 And fell at his feet, and said, Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be: and let thine handmaid, I pray thee, speak in thine audience, and hear the words of thine handmaid.
25 Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.
26 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hath withholden thee from coming to shed blood, and from avenging thyself with thine own hand, now let thine enemies, and they that seek evil to my lord, be as Nabal.
27 And now this blessing which thine handmaid hath brought unto my lord, let it even be given unto the young men that follow my lord.
28 I pray thee, forgive the trespass of thine handmaid: for the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house; because my lord fighteth the battles of the LORD, and evil hath not been found in thee all thy days.
29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.
30 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shall have done to my lord according to all the good that he hath spoken concerning thee, and shall have appointed thee ruler over Israel;
31 That this shall be no grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto my lord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, or that my lord hath avenged himself: but when the LORD shall have dealt well with my lord, then remember thine handmaid.
Things to think about:
- What did Abigail do when she heard about Nabal’s indiscretion?
- What did Abigail do when she met David on the road?
- What was Abigail’s request to David?
Prayer of the Day:
As we read this Scripture we see that Abigail jumped into action when she heard of Nabal’s indiscretion toward David and his men. Help us to find ways to support those who are Your servants. Help us to find favor in Your eyes. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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