We are reading the story of David, Nabal and Abigail this week. We are really digging in. Yesterday, we talked about the setting. You can click here, if you missed it.
Read 1 Samuel 25:2-3.
Nabal’s name means “fool.” We will see that Nabal’s name fits him perfectly. He’s going to act very foolishly toward David.
Read 1 Samuel 25:4-8.
David heard that Nabal was sheering his sheep. Feast Day was a special day of celebrating after all the sheep had been sheared. The owner was overjoyed at the abundance of wool he could now sell.
What reason did David give for asking for some food during the feast?
Read 1 Samuel 25:9-11.
How did Nabal respond?
Did he give David and his men some food?
You can be sure that news of David and Goliath had spread. You can also be sure that Nabal had heard about how Samuel had anointed David as the next King of Israel. (1 Samuel 16:13) The first part of the chapter we are reading this week hints at this. It says that Samuel had died and Israel gathered together and lamented or mourned for him. (1 Samuel 25:1) Samuel was the last judge of Israel. Nabal knew all about him and about David.
Why do you think Nabal responded the way he did?
Read 1 Samuel 25:12-13.
How did David respond?
Let’s see what happens on Thursday. (I don’t post on Wednesday since we are a church.)
Watch the Andy Griffith episode, Sermon for Today.
(Just a fun video to lead into the devotional I’ve entitled, “What’s Your Hurry?”
Talking Points: (written from my point of view as I share it in my devo time with my children tonight)
- When you get the urgency to do something on the spur, its a good idea to “red flag” that notion.
- What I’ve found in my life is that God usually tells me to do something and then I begin to pray about and ask Him for confirmation. And He provides it, usually from several sources (a sermon, a Scripture, something I read…)
- What I’ve found is that when I act impulsively, I usually put my foot in my mouth and/or “set back” something the Lord was working on or trying to do in that person’s life or it hurts my relationship with that person.
- Be aware the enemy loves to trick us into acting impulsively. He will make that thing seem so urgent. He will make it seem like the best thing and the right thing to do in the moment. He will make you believe it’s up to you to act – now!
- But, I’ve found that God usually doesn’t tell me to do something on the spur of the moment.
- Of course, there are times when He does need us to act quickly, but I could probably count those times on one hand. (based on my personal experience) For example, once we were at a restaurant and I felt led to share the gospel with a man that sat down nearby. I did not do so, and regret it to this day.
- But, more often than not, impulsively rushing forward to do something (even if it seems like such a good thing) is not always the best choice. And often, that strong impulse is from the enemy.
- Pray every morning and ask God for discernment for your day.
I think we’ll be listening to this Easter sermon for our family devo. tonight. Thought you’d enjoy it too.
It will create some good talking points.
Here’s a coloring sheet for your littles.
hope coloring page
Sorry for the delay. I’ve been working on a Bible Study on Anna for my Growing Character Bible Study Journal. I thought I’d let our Family Connection center around her tonight.
Read Luke 2:36-38
Try to pick out everything you can about what you learn about Anna from these verses.
Make a list on a piece of paper so you can see it.
Your list may look like this:
- daughter of Phanuel
- older lady
- lived on temple grounds
- served God
- fasted and prayed
- heard Simeon’s blessing
- spoke of Christ to those in Jerusalem
- Why do you think God chose to include Anna in the Bible?
- What kind of person do you think she was?
- What can we learn from her life?
- Define faithfulness. How was Anna faithful?