Thursday, May 02, 2013
FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, Thu, 5/2/2013
David: A Man, After God’s Own Heart
1 Samuel 25:2-44 (Read: Verses 2-13)
ANALYZING AN ANGRY MAN, Lesson 14b
14-31 DAVID’S ANGER CONFRONTED
14-20 Abigail’s Appraisal Of The Situation – Nabal was a fool, but his wife was everything that he was not. Her name is Abigail, which means, “My father is joy.” She was a beautiful woman physically, and she was a wise woman spiritually. She was as lovely of heart as she was of appearance.
When she hears what her foolish husband has done, she takes the necessary steps to make matters right. She gets together the food and things David and his men needed and she goes out to meet David with the hope that she can change his mind.
Look at verse 19. We are told that she did this without consulting her husband. She isn’t working against him, she is working for him! A carnal woman might have said, “This is the opportunity I have been waiting for. I’ll just sit here and wait and David will take care of that old fool for me.” But, Abigail did not do that. She went to work behind the scenes trying her best to protect her husband. In fact, she very literally saved his life!
Why didn’t Abigail tell Nabal what she was doing? The same reason the servants did not talk to him, (vs 14-17). Nabal was totally unapproachable. He was probably so stubborn that when he made up his mind, he would not listen to reason. Being a stubborn man is as dangerous as being an angry man!
Let me just say this and move on. Fellows, you ought to listen to your wife. God gave her to you as a “helpmeet.” She is your completer. She will often have wisdom and insight that you do not have in the situations of life. Wise is the man who consults his wife and listens to what she has to say.
v. 23-31 Abigail’s Appeal In The Situation – When Abigail meets David, she humbled herself at his feet. She refers to herself as David’s “handmaid” six times and calls him “my lord” fourteen times. She comes into his presence humble, open, and honest. She admits that David and his men have suffered wrong at the hand of Nabal. She admits that her husband is a wicked man and a fool (v. 25). She asks for forgiveness and pleads with David to accept her gift and to spare Nabal and the rest, (v. 27-28).
She tells David that God sent her to stop him from murdering a man in anger, (v. 26). She tells David that if he kills Nabal in anger it will hang over his legacy like a dark cloud. If he does what his anger is telling him to do, he will regret it forever. She appeals to the spiritual side of David!
In these verses, Abigail reminds me of the Holy Spirit. When the flesh gets its anger stirred up, the Spirit of God will remind us that we need to act slowly, and sensibly. He will remind us of James 1:19-20, which says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”
v. 32 Abigail’s Achievement In The Situation – Abigail’s wisdom overcame the anger in David’s heart and he backed away from his plans. Disaster was averted because David was willing to listen to reason!
Sadly, the loud cry of anger in our hearts is so strong sometimes that we cannot, or will not; hear the still, small voice of the Spirit of God as He tries to reason with us. If we could just learn to calm down, listen to what the Spirit is saying to us and respond to Him instead of the flesh, it would save us a lot of heartache in every relationship in our lives.
1 Peter 1:3 (New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
“Let The Beauty of Jesus Be Seen” By: Albert W. T. Orsbom (1916)
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me,
All His wonderful passion and purity.
May His Spirit divine all my being refine
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.
When your burden is heavy and hard to bear
When your neighbors refuse all your load to share
When you're feeling so blue, Don't know just what to do
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you.
When somebody has been so unkind to you,
Some word spoken that pierces you through and through.
Think how He was beguiled, spat upon and reviled,
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you
From the dawn of the morning till close of day,
In example in deeds and in all you say,
Lay your gifts at His feet, ever strive to keep sweet
Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you.
Loving Father, Gracious God! You are the God of the universe and Lord of our lives. We worship You and give glory to Your name. You are holy and wonderful---amazing and awesome. Thank You for all You have done, are doing, and will do for us. You are able to do beyond what we can even think to ask for. We call on You today to meet all our needs in ways more wonderful than we can ever imagine. It’s with adoration and holiness that we pray and ask these things in the blessed name of Jesus, our Lord. Amen!
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