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Character Profile : Abigail

imageAbigail was the wife of Nabal, a man of considerable wealth, who lived in Carmel. She is described as a woman of good understanding, but he is described as a fool – churlish and evil in his dealings. It was probably an arranged marriage.

It seems likely that Abigail had a good knowledge of David from the time of his famous defeat of Goliath and more recently his flight from Saul.

Following the report of the incident with Nabal, she knew that David was seeking vengeance on Nabal’s entire household. It therefore required no little courage for Abigail to approach David herself and intercede for her people. After all, her own life was also threatened.

Like Jacob approaching Esau, she sent her servants ahead with gifts. The speech she makes to David is outstanding – not only for its wisdom, but also for her understanding of David’s position in the purpose of God and his future kingship. She also understood the principle of God, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay.”

We read of the subsequent death of Nabal and the happy outcome whereby Abigail became David’s wife. We can imagine that they would continue to encourage one another by speaking together about the purpose of God. A son named Chileab was born in Hebron, but there was a long war between David and the house of Saul – until David eventually became king. This must have been an unsettling time for David’s wives, especially when they were taken captive by the Amalekites.

We do not read much more of Abigail outside of 1 Samuel 25. David’s adultery with Bathsheba would have grieved her, but she no doubt remained a godly influence in his life for many years to come.

Five Simple Instructions

“And now, O Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you
but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love
him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all
your soul, and to observe the LORD’s decrees that I am giving
you today for your own good?” (Deuteronomy 10:12-13).

God doesn’t change. He wants the same things for us today as
he wanted from Israel way back then:

1. “Fear the LORD your God.” We can’t be flippant or too
familiar with him. He is our God and our judge. He deserves our
respect and fear.

2. “Walk in all his ways.” To walk means we are going
somewhere – to his kingdom. We need to check our direction.
Pray and read his direction book, the Bible, and walk in his
ways.

3. “Love him.” God created us to respond to him. Free will
means we can choose to love God or reject him. We need to
choose to love him.

4. “Serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all
your soul.” Make the effort to serve the LORD. Work for him.
There is always plenty to do in our communities in caring for
one another. Not only should we make the effort, but we should
do it willingly with a positive attitude.

5. “Observe the LORD’s decrees that I am giving you today for
your own good.” Obey his instructions because he knows best
and his instructions to us have our best interests at heart.

God wants five simple things from us. They are not hard, but
they do demand our all.