Posted by: Esther | March 27, 2014

Wisdom Leads to Salvation

This blog was inspired by, and derived from, Jon Courson’s sermon on 1 Samuel 25.

Abigail is a beautiful and wise woman married to a very wealthy fool known as Nabal.  During the time that this wonderful picture of salvation takes place, David has been hiding from his hunter and the king of Israel, Saul. He has camped himself in Nabal’s backyard, and while there, he and his 600 men have been protecting Nabal’s shepherds from harm. While Nabal is shearing his sheep, David sends 10 young men to ask Nabal for any provisions that he may have to offer, in reward of this protection.

Nabal, being the fool that he is, answers with a sarcastic, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jesse?” Well everyone knows who David is. You would have to be living under a rock to not know. There are folktales about him. He has saved Israel from the Philistines countless times, including the most famous slaying of Goliath, but Nabal seems to think he is above all of that and refuses to let any of his hard earned riches get into the hands of this “David.”

When David hears Nabal’s reply, he immediately commands his men to gird their swords and head out to avenge his name. “WOOO David! What happened to the self controlled, faithful character that was convicted for just cutting the corner of Saul’s robe? This fool really got under your skin.”

Perhaps it was Nabal’s pure audacity that ticked off David the most. At least Saul is acting on a more understandable jealousy towards David, but this character has no reason to disrespect David at all. Nabal is richer than David, and probably has a more beautiful wife. David shows no intention of taking possession of Nabal’s precious riches and he is certainly not anointed to take over reign of the “kingdom of Nabal.” “Throw him some breadcrumbs at least, you fool!”

 

But this is a picture of our own salvation. We are Abigail and we have been given pearls of wisdom.

Matthew 13:45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, 46 “who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth [come] knowledge and understanding;

 

Yet, like Abigail, we are also yoked with a fool, our own flesh, the old man, our sinful nature.

Romans 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with [Him], that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Ephesians 4:22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,

 

But because of this fool who, like Nabal, mocks the very existence of David and his Son’s eternal reign, we are doomed. And just as the messenger comes to warn Abigail of her impending doom, we also have been warned.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin [is] death, but the gift of God [is] eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 2:6-8 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.

 

Upon becoming aware of her fate, this wise woman loads up her donkeys with enough food for an army, sends her servants to intercept David with this abundant gift and sets out to change what would have been a series of unfortunate events for all involved.

At this point David is feeding his own flesh by grumbling to himself about what this good for nothing fool really deserves and what he will ultimately get, so help him God!

With wrath set out toward her, Abigail sees it, quickly gets off her donkey, and bows low, falling on her face, before the one from whom this wrath exudes.

Romans 14:11 For it is written: “[As] I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.”

Ephesians 3:14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

 

Then, Abigail doesn’t just do as I would and blame all her woes on her foolish husband, but instead, she confesses her own sins in the matter and places all of the blame on herself. She admits that she knows that her husband is a fool; therefore, she should have been keeping a closer watch on the goings on among their acres. She should have seen David’s men protecting the fields and offered provisions, so that the men would have not had to ask, or she should have seen the young men David sent and intercepted the message before being made a fool of.

1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Next in Abby’s monologue, she asks forgiveness of her sins.

1 Samuel 25:28a”Please forgive the trespass of your maidservant. For the LORD will certainly make for my lord an enduring house, because my lord fights the battles of the LORD, and evil is not found in you throughout your days.

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.

 

Furthermore, Abby appeals to David’s goodness, as we are to acknowledge the Goodness of the Son of David.

Psalm 31:19 Oh, how great [is] Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You, [Which] You have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men!

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.

 

Finally, this wise woman believes in the promises to come.

2 Sam 7:12 “When your days are fulfilled and you rest with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who will come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 “He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

Jer 23:5 “Behold, [the] days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. 6 In His days Judah will be saved, And Israel will dwell safely; Now this [is] His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Dan 2:44 “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

 

Abigail ends her dissertation with one final request, which is that David remembers her when all the promises of God come to pass, just as the thief on the cross asks Jesus to remember him when he enters heaven.

1 Sam 25:31b But when the LORD has dealt well with my lord, then remember your maidservant.”

Luke 23:42 Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

 

Both are accepted.

1 Sam 25:35 So David received from her hand what she had brought him, and said to her, “Go up in peace to your house. See, I have heeded your voice and respected your person.”

 Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.

 

And so we too will be accepted into Paradise, if we, like Abigail, bow our knee to the Son of David, our Reedeemer, confess our sins, ask for forgiveness, proclaim his Goodness, and believe in His promises.

Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One [is] understanding.

 

But Abigail’s story is not over, and neither is ours.

Abigail’s husband falls into a comma, as a stone, after hearing the wisdom of his wife, and the Lord strikes the fool dead after 10 days. The Word tells us that if we belong to Jesus Christ, the Son of David, our flesh, that foolish old man, is crucified, dead.

Gal 5:24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.

 

David hears of Nabal’s death, praises the Lord, and sends messengers to bring Abigail to him as his wife, even before he is king, just as we will be taken up to our Bridegroom for the wedding feast, even before His earthly reign.

1 Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

 Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. 28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body. 31 FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.

If you believe, walk in the spirit.

If you are still in the flesh and headed toward death, follow these steps of wisdom, shown to us in the life of Abigail, and live.

 

 

 

 


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