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Lessons in Courage from Abigail

• By: Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

1 Samuel 25: 1-42

The entire chapter of 1 Samuel 25 is interesting and full of lessons. It shows how bad things can be turned into good things, if we make a plan, use our talents and step into our courage to create a new, better solution. 

1 Samuel 25 tells a story about a wealthy man name Nabal and his wife, Abigail. She was intelligent and beautiful, but Nabal was 'harsh and evil' in his dealings with her and with others. When Nabal was sheering and butchering sheep, David sent ten of his men and told them to say this to Nabel:

"We come in the name of David. Long life to you, and peace to you, to your family, and to all that is yours"…."We protected you and we haven't stolen from you. Please feed my men and my servants." 

Nabal refused and rebuked them, saying,

"Who is David? Who is this son of Jesse? There are many servants today who are breaking away from their masters. Am I supposed to take my bread, my water, and my meat that I butchered for my shearers and give them to these men? I don't know them and I don't where they are from."

Well, that rebuke made David mad. He decided to raid Nabal's flocks and kill all his workers.