Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 25:32-44. David was pleased that the LORD sent Abigail to meet him. He was happy about Abigail’s advice, which kept him from taking vengeance against Abal and his whole house.
Abigal was the go between. She went between Nabal and David to try to make peace. She succeeded with her efforts.
Jesus is our go between. He intercedes between us and God. God sometimes sends people into our lives to keep us from doing something foolish. He sent Abigail to intercede between Nabal and David. She helped keep David from doing something he would regret later. Have you ever had to be the go between for someone, either to keep them from getting into trouble, or to get them out of trouble, or to keep them from doing something stupid that they would regret later?
David accepted Abigail’s peace offering and told her to go in peace. When Abigail returned home Nabal had a great feast. He was so drunk that Abigail didn’t want to tell him what had taken place.
She waited until the next day, after the wine wore off, to inform Nabal of her visit with David. Nabal’s heart died when she told him what took place. About ten days later the LORD smote Nabal and he died.
David was glad that God took care of Nabal and he didn’t have to take revenge on him. We are reminded in Romans 12:19, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
David sent his servants to ask Abigail to become his wife. She came back with five of her damsels and became David’s wife. Do you think David felt responsible for her because of what happened to her husband or did he fell in love with her?
David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel to be his wife. His first wife, Michal, Saul’s daughter, was given to Phalti the son of Laish, by Saul.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 25:32-44
32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:
33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.
34 For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israel liveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee, except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth against the wall.
35 So David received of her hand that which she had brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peace to thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice, and have accepted thy person.
36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.
37 But it came to pass in the morning, when the wine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became as a stone.
38 And it came to pass about ten days after, that the LORD smote Nabal, that he died.
39 And when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, Blessed be the LORD, that hath pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and hath kept his servant from evil: for the LORD hath returned the wickedness of Nabal upon his own head. And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take her to him to wife.
40 And when the servants of David were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spake unto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to take thee to him to wife.
41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face to the earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.
42 And Abigail hasted, and arose, and rode upon an ass, with five damsels of hers that went after her; and she went after the messengers of David, and became his wife.
43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and they were also both of them his wives.
44 But Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife, to Phalti the son of Laish, which was of Gallim.
Things to think about:
- What was David’s response to Abigail’s advice?
- What did David tell Abigail to do?
- What was Nabal’s response to Abigail’s visit with David?
- What happened to Nabal?
Prayer of the Day:
As we read this Scripture we see that David was grateful to You for sending Abigail to stop him from taking revenge on Nabal. Thank You for putting other people on our path to keep us from doing things we shouldn’t do. Thank You for Your son, Jesus, who intercedes for us. Help us to do Your will. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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