Tuesday, April 05, 2011

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

(This is a continuation of Part One.)

Without her husband's knowledge, Abigail packed food and drink and went to meet up with David and his men.

21 Now David had said, “Surely in vain have I guarded all that this fellow has in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that belonged to him, and he has returned me evil for good. 22 God do so to the enemies of David and more also, if by morning I leave so much as one male of all who belong to him.” (1 Samuel 25: 21-22. ESV.)

Upon seeing him, Abigail quickly greeted David with respect and begged his forgiveness.

25 Let not my lord regard this worthless fellow, Nabal, for as his name is, so is he. Nabal is his name, and folly is with him. But I your servant did not see the young men of my lord, whom you sent. 26 Now then, my lord, as the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, because the LORD has restrained you from bloodguilt and from saving with your own hand, now then let your enemies and those who seek to do evil to my lord be as Nabal....(1 Samuel 25:25-26. ESV.)

"Worthless"! Abigail called her spouse "worthless"! Some would judge her for such a thing...maybe even accuse her of being disrespectful, unbecoming of a Proverbs 31 woman, and (dare I say) a bad wife! But "they" do not walk in her shoes, do they? So really, where would "they" get off and have the right to say anything at all about it?

32 And David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! 33 Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me this day from bloodguilt and from avenging myself with my own hand! 34 For as surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, who has restrained me from hurting you, unless you had hurried and come to meet me, truly by morning there had not been left to Nabal so much as one male.” 35 Then David received from her hand what she had brought him. And he said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have obeyed your voice, and I have granted your petition.” (1 Samuel 25:32-35. ESV.)

How fortunate for Nabal (and everyone else involved for that matter) that Abigail used "discretion"! Countless lives would have been destroyed because of one man's "folly"! I wonder what happened to Abigail when her hubs found out what she had done?

36 And Abigail came to Nabal, and behold, he was holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk. So she told him nothing at all until the morning light. 37 In the morning, when the wine had gone out of Nabal, his wife told him these things, and his heart died within him, and he became as a stone. 38 And about ten days later the LORD struck Nabal, and he died. (1 Samuel 25:36-38. ESV.)

I am curious what it means that Nabal's "heart died within him, and he became as a stone"? It sounds as though he hadp a stroke, I guess?

"The LORD has returned the evil of Nabal on his own head." (1 Samuel 25:39. ESV.)

But,

20 a bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
(Matthew 12:20. ESV.)
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