PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: 1 Samuel 25-26
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“He has kept his servant from doing wrong
and has brought Nabal’s wrongdoing down on his own head.” (2 Samuel 25:39)
In this chapters we see Nabal, David and Saul being fools (25:25, 26:21).
Only Abigail – a lowly woman – comes out in this story as the truly wise one.
All of this reinforces God’s purpose and mercy, and our need for mercy.
Why was David held back from doing wrong but Nabal punished for doing wrong?
These are teaching stories, and the characters are object lessons.
Each character tells us something about God’s justice and mercy.
Nabal is a fool, David is a fool, Saul is a fool, but God uses them all.
Abigail, whom the world does not esteem, is the one that shines in this story.
She humbly extends grace to her ‘enemy’ and helps David understand mercy!
Again and again God raises up the humble and brings down the proud.
This message is reinforced by Jesus, who chooses and uses ‘lowly’ fishermen and women.
God in mercy does not punish us, but shows us mercy so that we can show it to others.
May we learn from Abigail, and from Jesus, and may we be humble servants of mercy.
Lord thank you for humbling the proud, and for lifting the humble. Remind me of my own folly, so that I can know your mercy, and also show it to others.