Abigail: A woman of humility
Abigail’s story is one of humility, courage, grace, and mercy shown to a future king, but also to townspeople and anyone else her drunken husband came in contact with. We can find her story in 1 Samuel 25:1-42; 2 Samuel 3:3. The Bible tells us that Abigail was a beautiful and intelligent woman who was married to a foolish and drunken man named Nabal. Where Abigail was soft, kind, and moral, Nabal was callous, brash, and cruel. In scripture, we read that she had to apologize and soothe others who came in contact with Nabal’s wrath. It wasn’t uncommon for her to have to bring offerings of forgiveness to those Nabal hurt.
In the story, Nabal is not only a worshiper of Belial, a false idol in those days, he was also a follower of the fallen King Saul and shared his hatred for David. They are unequally yoked as Abigail is a follower of the Lord. David at that time was a fugitive living among the foothills with 600 men. It wasn’t that David was truly hiding from Saul, I mean, how hard is it to find 600 men, but he was distanced from his rightful place and was earning a living by protecting farmers and herders of their livestock from thieves.
Meeting a King
David sends word of his need to feed his army and Nabal, in his foolishness, refuses. He doesn’t just refuse David like you would wave away seconds because you are full. He refuses him in such a way that is humiliating and forces David’s ire. David is young at this time and he brings 400 bloodthirsty men down on Nabal’s head in retaliation.
Again Abigail is caught in the crossfire. In her wisdom, she takes servants and food and runs out to meet David and his men. She bows before him and offers not only the food but also apologize for her husband’s behavior and she offers something else, grace. She asks David to blame her instead of Nabal because Nabal is a fool. She tells him of his rightful place as king and asks him to remember her when he is king. She chooses soft words and a kind gesture in the time of war and shows her countenance is great and God fearing by showing grace to David first. David sees that not only is she blameless, she is wise and he rewards her with dispelling his men.
Diving deeper into understanding
When we read the story of Abigail, it seems almost a blip on the radar of David’s life. What we don’t realize is that Abigail is one of the first we read about who sees David for who he truly is, a man after God and a future king. Even though David is running from Saul and building his army, as of yet, everyone thinks he is just a young man promised a crown, not a true king.
After reading through this story, another story came to mind, a story of a woman with a water pot, 5 husbands, a plan of salvation for her community.
Come join me as we dive into the two worlds of Abigail and the Samaritan Woman. We will study their stories in the word, compare them, learn from their weaknesses, discuss their strengths. Subscribe HERE and get an 11 page study guide and two printables to help study these fascinating woman.
Do you feel like your past is keeping you from really trusting in God?
Do you live a life of constantly apologizing for someone else?
Did you know that grace can transform not only your life but the lives of those you interact with?
This bible study, Run and Tell the City, it is more than just a dry look at to amazing women. It is a hard look at how we interact with those who are hurting and what God has called us to be. It is looking at Grace through the eyes of compassion and understanding. It is transformative that changes and impacts lives even to this day.
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