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1 Samuel 25






BY: Jeremy Witt

In verse 1, the prophet and spiritual leader of Israel, Samuel dies.  The whole nation is gathered together for his funeral.  The nation had King Saul, but he had lost the blessing and hand of God for his disobedience.  Samuel had been the voice of God for decades.  He had been the one to hear the voice of God, to speak for God, and to speak to the nation on what God had said.  Samuel was the last judge/prophet of Israel.  Now there would be a spiritual void or silence in the nation until David would become king. 

It is critical for us to listen for the voice of God, to watch and see where God is at work, and to be ready to join in what He is doing.   It requires of us patience, faithfulness, obedience, and persistence through the midst of distractions and more.  These are important traits for us as a church today both individually and corporately. 

The story of Nabal, Abigail, and the shepherds cover verses 2 through the rest of the chapter.  What we must first understand is that this passage covers some cultural issues that are we do not practice today.  Travelers were to be fed if they passed through the country.  It was a sign of hospitality but also was meant to remind the Jewish people that they were foreigners in Egypt,  and they should be looking after those travelers passing through.  For those who have been reading the devotional for some time will remember that God intended for the nation of Israel to be the priests to the nations.  They were to lead the nations to worship the LORD.  They were to live so differently from the rest of the world that the world would take notice and inquire why they were so different.  Does that sound familiar?  It should!  That is what we are to be today as Christ followers.  We are to live so differently that others will see Jesus being lived out in us. 

We clearly do not see this in Nabal, but we do see it in Abigail.  Abigail does some things that show her integrity as well as wisdom.  When she hears that her husband acted like a fool, she took action.  It took strength, guts, and wisdom to do this without Nabal knowing what she did.  Verse 16 and following shows us what she does and then when she encounters David and his men, her words win over David begin in verse 24.  She took responsibility for her husband.  She asks for forgiveness in verse 28.  She provides food and more to David and his men. 

Read verse 29.  Do you notice that she is aware that David is hiding/being pursued by Saul?  Saul had eyes and ears everywhere watching David.  Nabal most likely knew this too, and he refused to help David.  However, Abigail saw that God was with David which speaks to her faith and insight.  Notice the rest of what she says in verses 30-31.  Abigail was watching after David as well. 

She returns home and finds a party happening where Nabal is drunk.  The next day she tells Nabal what she had done and in verse 37, we read that his heart turned to stone.  Some translations say that he had a stroke.  Regardless of what it was, Nabal died 10 days later, and once the time of mourning was over, David sent for Abigail to become his wife as we read in verses 39-42. 

Before any of you ask about the marriages of Abigail as well as to Ahinoam in verse 43, I don’t understand it either.  It was a cultural issue for a man of wealth to have multiple wives, but for the life of me, I can’t explain it to you.  Before I say something about a wife that will get me in more trouble than I am usually in, I will simply stop typing until tomorrow. 

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1 Samuel 24






BY: Jeremy Witt

Today’s chapter truly shows us a great deal about David and his heart and respect for the LORD.  This is one of the truly unique events in the life of David that separates him from Saul but honestly, it separates him from the most of humanity. 

At the end of chapter 23, a raid by the Philistines caused Saul to quit pursuing David and now Saul has returned to catch David and his men.  Our setting is truly a unique one once Saul is in the cave.  Verse 3 finds Saul is a truly awkward position.  (Author’s note:  there are LOTS of things my wacky sense of humor wants to say, but I am refraining, so consider this an early Christmas present from me.) 

In verse 4, David’s men tell David that he can take Saul out.  The end of the hiding would stop, and David could be named king.  It all makes perfect sense in my mind.  I would probably be one of those men telling David to finish this.  Yet David only cuts a small piece of Saul’s robe.   David feels guilty about this. 

There is something for us to think about is found here.  God has a way of convicting us of things that may not seem big to others, but it is important to God.  This is such the case for David.  When God convicts or tugs on our hearts, will we be obedient and faithful to Him?  David’s heart was so tender to the LORD that he felt guilty for doing this “small thing” in the eyes of men. 

Verse 6 is a monumental verse in my opinion.  David’s men wanted to end this hiding.  I completely understand that.  They saw an opportunity to take matters into their own hands, so they encouraged David to act.  Yet David resisted the urge to take matters into his own hands.  He is very different from Abraham in this sense.  He chose to wait for God to do what He promised.  If you remember Abraham and Sarah took matters into their own hands, and Sarah gave Abraham her maid to sleep with and have a son.  David refrains from this.  David respected Saul enough and Saul’s position of being the king of God’s people that he did not act.  Notice that David called Saul “the Lord’s anointed.”  David knew that Samuel had anointed Saul as king.  He also knew that he had been anointed by Samuel to be the next king.  David trusted God enough to wait and trust in Him rather than his circumstances.  He would expect the people to respect him as king as well. 

If we can learn anything from this passage, this one is so vital for our spiritual journey with God.  TRUST THE LORD NO MATTER HOW THINGS APPEAR.  There are so many places in Scripture where people take matters into their own hands.  This is one of the few places where a person trusts the LORD and waits on Him.  This is one of the reasons that David is called the man after God’s heart. 

When David confronts Saul in verse 9, he shows him the corner of his robe.  There is a change in Saul’s spirit.  David and Saul make a covenant which David will honor later once he is king and David will take care of Mephibosheth.  David never took revenge on anyone in Saul’s family because of his covenant with Saul and also Jonathan. 

May we live in such a way that we honor the LORD in all we do, trust Him despite how things appear, and have a tender heart to all the things that God convicts us of, or shows us our wrong attitudes. 

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