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From housewife to queen : Abigail

We can read how three wise women were recorded in the Book of God, the Bible. Who are they? Why are they considered wise?

First, we read the story of Abigail in 1 Samuel 25. She was wise and godly in four things: She knows God and God’s long term big plan for her nation. She keeps herself abreast about the national affairs and believes that the Lord’s declared intention to make David king of Israel will come true at the appointed time. She also appeals to the goodness and god-fearing character of David. She boldly reminded David not to defile his name by avenging himself and shedding blood without cause.

___________________Summary from the Bible verse:

Abigail as described in the Bible, was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance. She was first married to Nabal, a very rich Maon whose business was in Carmel, and unlike his wife, he was harsh and evil in his doings. David and his men were in the Wilderness of Paran and had been very good to Nabal’s workers protecting them day and night, while they kept his sheep in the wilderness, But when David sent his men to Nabal during the shearing season Nabal refused to acknowledge and return the favor of the good deeds and works David and his men had done. He even insulted David.

From what he said, Nabal apparently did not know or chose not to know who David was! David was already an famous accomplished warrior and conqueror of the Philistines, with a small but powerful and loyal commando of six hundred mighty men. He was anointed to be king to replace Saul. He had the opportunities to kill king Saul but he chose to wait for God to remove Saul.

David heard the insult and loaded his sword with four hundred mighty warriors on their way to kill Nabal when he was intercepted by the wise woman, Abigail. Because Nabal’s rude behavior was reported by his worker to Abigail, “For he is such a scoundrel[b] that one cannot speak to him!”

Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five seahs of roasted grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys. 19 And she said to her servants, “Go on before me; see, I am coming after you.” But she did not tell her husband Nabal.

20 So it was, as she rode on the donkey, that she went down under cover of the hill; and there were David and his men, coming down toward her, and she met them.

The following is her entire petition to David:

 23 Now when Abigail saw David, she dismounted quickly from the donkey, fell on her face before David, and bowed down to the ground. 24 So she fell at his feet and said: “On me, my lord, on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your maidservant. 25 Please, let not my lord regard this scoundrel Nabal. For as his name is, so is he: Nabal[c] is his name, and folly is with him! But I, your maidservant, did not see the young men of my lord whom you sent. 26 Now therefore, my lord, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, since the Lord has held you back from coming to bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now then, let your enemies and those who seek harm for my lord be as Nabal. 27 And now this present which your maidservant has brought to my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord. 28 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. 29 Yet a man has risen to pursue you and seek your life, but the life of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of the living with the Lord your God; and the lives of your enemies He shall sling out, as from the pocket of a sling. 30 And it shall come to pass, when the Lord has done for my lord according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and has appointed you ruler over Israel, 31 that this will be no grief to you, nor offense of heart to my lord, either that you have shed blood without cause, or that my lord has avenged himself. But when the Lord has dealt well with my lord, then remember your maidservant.”

David immediately realized she was sent by God. he listened to her advice and praised her. He stopped what he intended to do and leave the matters in God’s hands. Truly the Lord did just as Abigail prophesied.

37 So it was, in the morning, when the wine had gone from Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became like a stone. 38 Then it happened, after about ten days, that the Lord struck Nabal, and he died.

And David sent and proposed to Abigail, to take her as his wife 42 So Abigail rose in haste and rode on a donkey, attended by five of her maidens; and she followed the messengers of David, and became his wife.

wise woman Abigail
wise woman Abigail
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