Tuesday, we read that Nabal refused to give David and his men some food, even though they had provided protection for his sheep and shepherds. So, David tells his men to get their swords. He and 400 of his men head out to attack Nabal. In fact, David vows to kill Nabal and all the men in his household.
Fun Fact: David didn’t get to keep Goliath’s sword after beheading Goliath with it. It was actually kept by the priest, Ahimelech, and wrapped in cloth and stored in a tabernacle. Later, David finds it! He’s now using it as he leads his men. Read 1 Samuel 21:9.
Read 1 Samuel 25:14-17.
One of the young men told Abigail what Nabal had done.
Read 1 Samuel 25:18-19.
How did Abigail respond?
Why do you think she did this?
Read 1 Samuel 25:20-22.
Abigail rode up on a donkey as David was coming down toward her home.
What had David vowed to do? (verse 22)
Read 1 Samuel 25:23-31.
What did Abigail do when she met David?
Had Abigail done anything wrong?
Re-read 1 Samuel 25:28.
Do you think Abigail believed God would make sure David was appointed King over Israel some day? (Remember, right now he is hiding from Saul.)
Read 1 Samuel 25:32-35.
Did David agree not to attack?
Can you imagine what would have happened if Abigail had not chosen to humble herself and bring food to David and his men?
Tomorrow, we will talk more about humility and what it means to be humble. This is a great lesson for siblings, so be sure to come back here tomorrow.