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Topic: SURPRISE (07/25/19)
- TITLE: The Power of a Beautiful and Intelligent Godly Woman
By Jenny Fulton
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Abigail rolled over looked at her husband. It was barely light outside, but that didn’t matter.
“I’m awake,” she groaned. Noting the lingering displeasure in her husband’s eyes, she rang for her maidservants.
Nabal harrumphed and left the room.
Abigail sighed. The only thing that made that man happy was his wealth. “I suppose I shouldn’t complain, should I?” she thought as the maidens appeared. “After all, it isn’t every woman who gets to live in this kind of luxury.”
Gratitude flowed in as the maidens helped her get ready. Though they were silent, Abigail could feel their love and support. Everyone in the estate recognized what kind of man Nabal was. Most of the servants didn’t dare approach him for anything. Instead, they came to her, knowing she would deal with their problems in kindness and wisdom.
Sounds of shouting men and bleating sheep drifted in. “Sheep shearing day two,” she whispered. “Well, my ladies, are you ready for another day of craziness?”
The maidens smiled as they followed their mistress out of the room and directly to the kitchen where savory smells were already drifting forth.
“Do you have enough supplies?” Abigail asked the head cook.
After discussing and addressing the cook’s needs, Abigail moved on to check the wine supply, and then the sleeping accommodations.
Between these extra duties and the well-intended interruptions from servants with their various problems, she scarcely had a moment to sit down.
Late in the afternoon, she finally allowed herself some rest. As she sat under a large tree near the entrance of the house, she noticed a young shepherd sprinting toward her.
She was on her feet in an instant.
“It’s David!” gasped the young man. “He sent messengers to greet Nabal and asked for food in exchange for the protection they’ve given us as we watched the sheep and Nabal scorned them and refused to give them anything. Now David and his army are headed here to kill us! You know Nabal won’t listen. Please, do something.”
“I’ll take care of this, but you must help me. Gather as many men and donkeys as you can and me meet back here. May the Lord show us favor.”
While the young man ran off to do her bidding, Abigail called more servants and rushed to the kitchen. Before long, they were ready.
Servants loaded the donkeys with an abundance of food and wine and headed down the road with Abigail close behind.
They took the hidden path down the mountains so Nabal wouldn’t see them. Abigail’s heart pounded the entire way.
She saw them the moment they reached the valley—an army of men, dressed for battle, David at the head.
This was it.
She hurriedly dismounted and then, in the presence of 400 armed men, bowed low before David.
“My lord,” she said softly, “let me take the blame, and please, allow me to speak to you for a moment. I beg you to ignore Nabal’s words, for he is a foolish man. I’m sorry I wasn’t there when your messengers came, but I’m here now with food for your worthy men. Please, don’t bring this sin of vengeance upon yourself, but let God deal with your enemies and make them as Nabal.”
At that moment, Abigail dared to look up. Kind eyes laced with admiration met hers. The face that had previously been so hard was now softened.
“Go in peace,” he said. “I have granted your request. Thank you for keeping me from this sin.”
David ordered his men to unload the food, after which Abigail and her servants returned to a house bursting with music, laughter, and feasting.
“I’ll tell him in the morning,” Abigail decided.
The night felt long and yet all too short. Sleep eluded her as doubts assailed her mind.
And then the moment came.
“Nabal,” she said, “I have something to tell you.”
She raced through the account without looking at him. When she finished, she braced herself for the blows which would surely follow.
She ventured a quick glance at him, and then a longer one. Though his eyes were wide, and his mouth gaped, he didn’t move. He never moved again.
Ten days later, Nabal died.
As soon as David heard the news, he proposed to Abigail, and the two were married.
Oh, the power of an intelligent and beautiful godly woman. Her story is found in 1 Samuel 25.
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