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Topic: Shrewdness (03/07/05)
TITLE: The Mighty, The Mean and The Brave
By Lisa Beaman
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The masterful warrior who roamed the wilderness had once protected them. Now, with a vow for vengeance and a mighty sword, he was coming to kill them all.
Their wealthy master who thought himself cunning and wise was actually a fool. They had lived under his cruelty for many years as he shrewdly made his fortune, but now they would die for his arrogance.
The servants were well acquainted with the soldier and his great conquests on the battlefield. It was said that he fought the Lord’s battles and could not be defeated. The fact that he was destined to become king was well known. Now that their wicked master had angered this mighty warrior with his insults and discourtesy, their fate was doomed. There was no where to run and no where to hide from his keen eye. They were no match for his skillful sword.
Panicked, the servants went to the one person who had the wisdom to save them: their master’s wife.
She was as intelligent as she was beautiful. She was as quick as she was wise. She lost no time gathering gifts for a peace offering. Without informing her husband, she quickly set out for the wilderness to face this great man of battle on her own.
The gifts she had sent ahead would not appease the vengeful soldier on their own. She, herself would need to think quickly and act decisively.
The army was advancing toward her home as the beautiful mistress approached them alone and unattended. Without fear, without pride, without a weapon, she threw herself on the ground before the great soldier. Bravely, she chose words of praise, pleaded for his mercy and reversed the harm of her foolish husband.
Neither the great man of battle nor the wicked selfish master could out match this wise and faithful woman of God. The servants had shown great judgment in choosing her as she single handedly saved the day.
They no longer needed to fear this great soldier and soon they would no longer live under the cruelty of their master. When their mistress informed him of her actions the next day, his heart failed him and the Lord struck him dead ten days later.
Because of the shrewdness of their master’s wife, their lives were spared and her life was changed. She left her late husband’s estate to become the wife of the mighty warrior of God.
“Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16
The Biblical account of David, Nabel and Abigail can be found in I Samuel 25.
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