Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Searching for the Joy - 20

1Sa 25:36 - "And Abigail went back to Nabal; and he was feasting in his house like a king; and Nabal's heart was full of joy, for he had taken much wine; so she said nothing to him till dawn came."

I needed to look up the story again to get the context.
David’s men had protected Nabal’s wool cutters and after asked Nabal for his hospitality. Nabal, however, sent back a harsh reply and this infuriated David who swore to kill Nabal and every male in Nabal’s house. One of Nabal’s servants told Abigail, Nabal’s wife what had happened. She took it upon herself and prepared cakes of bread and wine and brought them to David. She pleaded for David’s mercy saying to him that he should not take revenge into his own hands. David listened and relented.

Abigail had to wait until the next morning to tell Nabal because he was drunk. When she did tell him his heart left him. The Lord sent a disease upon Nabal and 10 days later he died. David would then marry Abigail.

Where’s the joy
Abigail got out from under an evil and cruel man and got to marry a king. That’s the stuff of the brothers Grimm.

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