Monday, April 04, 2011

The Lord Has Returned the Evil on the Man's Own Head: Part One

"The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved;"  (1 Samuel 25:3. ESV.)

It never ceases to amaze me how God's word covers just about everything (if not all things).  Whether it is marriage; parenting (Proverbs 22:6); peer pressure (Psalm 118:8); dealing with a contentions woman (Proverbs 21:9, 21:19), angry man (Proverbs 19:19), or "badly behaved" man (1 Samuel 25:3); someone who means to do you harm (1 Samuel19-26); wrestling with pride (Judges 16); lying (Proverbs 19:9); fighting your own sin; listening to others (Proverbs 18:13 & 18:15), etc. the Word of God has the answers!  Praise God!

I have seen a few times in scriptures (OT & NT) where God had enough of a person's wickedness or disobedience and ended his/her life.  Such as it was for Lot's wife (Genesis 19:26), King Harrod (Acts 12:23), and this Nabal fellow (1 Samuel 25:38).  I cannot help but wonder what it must have been like for "discerning and beautiful" Abigail to be married to and live with "harsh and badly behaved" Nabal.  Was their marriage more like a master/slave relationship?  Was Nabal self centered and self serving?  Was he "harsh" with his words, actions, or both?  How long did Abigail have to endure him before "the Lord struck Nabal, and he died"?  Was Abigail wrong in the sight of the Lord for going against her husband and serving David and his men?  Or was it a sin for Nabal to refuse David's men?  At first I wondered if God only "struck" down persons under the old covenant but then I noticed Herod met his end in the book of Acts (new covenant, right?).

Abigail and Nabal

Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran. 2 And there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel. 3 Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved; he was a Calebite.  (1 Samuel 25:1-3. ESV.)

David sent some men to meet with Nabal, greet him, and ask for food and drink but Nabal refused.  They retuned to David and told him what had happened.  Upon hearing this he grabbed 400 of his men and told them to strap on their swords.

14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal's wife, “Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to greet our master, and he railed at them. 15 Yet the men were very good to us, and we suffered no harm, and we did not miss anything when we were in the fields, as long as we went with them. 16 They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep. 17 Now therefore know this and consider what you should do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his house, and he is such a worthless man that one cannot speak to him.”  (1 Samuel 25:14-17. ESV.)

(To be continued...)
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