Bible Reading: 1 Samuel 25.2-17

1 Samuel 25.2-17
Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel; and the man was very rich, and he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And it came about while he was shearing his sheep in Carmel 3 (now the man’s name was Nabal, and his wife’s name was Abigail. And the woman was intelligent and beautiful in appearance, but the man was harsh and evil in his dealings, and he was a Calebite), 4 that David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep. 5 So David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, visit Nabal and greet him in my name; 6 and thus you shall say, ‘Have a long life, peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have. 7 Now I have heard that you have shearers; now your shepherds have been with us and we have not insulted them, nor have they missed anything all the days they were in Carmel. 8 Ask your young men and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we have come on a festive day. Please give whatever you find at hand to your servants and to your son David.’” 9 When David’s young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all these words in David’s name; then they waited. 10 But Nabal answered David’s servants and said, “Who is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants today who are each breaking away from his master. 11 Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men whose origin I do not know?” 12 So David’s young men retraced their way and went back; and they came and told him according to all these words. 13 David said to his men, “Each of you gird on his sword.” So each man girded on his sword. And David also girded on his sword, and about four hundred men went up behind David while two hundred stayed with the baggage. 14 But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, “Behold, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master, and he scorned them. 15 Yet the men were very good to us, and we were not insulted, nor did we miss anything as long as we went about with them, while we were in the fields. 16 They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the time we were with them tending the sheep. 17 Now therefore, know and consider what you should do, for evil is plotted against our master and against all his household; and he is such a worthless man that no one can speak to him.”

Today we read a story of David’s encounter with Nabal (a very rich, harsh, and evil man). David hears Nabal and his men are nearby shearing sheep.  This is a process that will take several days, so David knows they have provisions and sends ten young men to ask for benevolence (David and his band needed food).  So the young men humbly approach Nabal and make the ask.  Nabal reacts poorly, oh well he reacts harshly and refuses to help, even to the point of ridiculing David.  David’s guys return and tell David what has happen which sets off David. He then decides to take matters into his own hands and sets out to kill Nabal and his entire household.

It looks like there is going to be a great deal of bloodshed!  But one young man has a cooler head and tells Nabal’s wife, Abigail.  Remember, she was described as intelligent and beautiful.  This is the “cliff hanger.” Stay tune until tomorrow’s exciting conclusion!

But today walk away with these thoughts: How are these leaders (David and Nabal) acting? Do you think they took time to seek God’s direction or did they just react to the daily activities of life? Not seeking God is going to lead these men to a great deal of trouble.  Isn’t that what happens to us as well, when we go out on our own power and thoughts?

Weekly Memory Verse: Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full. John 16:24