Sunday, May 2, 2010

Project 4:4--Day Ninety-Four

Day Ninety-Four, I Sam. 25-26, I Chron. 12, I Sam. 27, 29-30

Today’s reading was a hodgepodge of different events that have happened to David. We have some info about a time that David spent living among the Philistines, and we have an episode where the Amalekites raided the encampment of David and his men, taking all the women and children hostage while David and his men were away. But the main part of this reading that I want to focus on is the story of David and Abigail, which is followed immediately by another instance in which David spares Saul’s life. That’ll be the main focus of this blog, mainly because my incredible preaching minister preached a sermon on this that just gave me a better understanding why this was written the way that it was, and I love him for that.

So anything that you learn from this blog is not my own…it is lifted directly from my notes on that sermon. Chuck described this episode with David, Nabal, and Abigail, sandwiched between two instances in which David spared Saul’s life, as a “story-within-a-story.” He names five specific points that this story highlights, which ultimately give us a better understanding of the conflict between David and Saul.

1. Nabal’s character and attitude toward David and sudden death at the Lord’s hand all parallel Saul—Saul’s character and attitude toward David, and ultimately, what will be Saul’s sudden death at the hand of the Lord.
2. David’s vengeful attitude toward Nabal displays what his truly natural instincts were—and it highlights the remarkable restraint he was showing toward Saul, the Lord’s anointed.
3. Abigail’s prudent action prevents David from using his power as a leader of his group for personal vengeance—the very thing Saul was doing, as he used his power as king of Israel to seek personal vengeance against David.
4. Abigail’s confident acknowledgement of David’s future ascension to the throne anticipates the Lord’s commitment establish David’s house as a lasting dynasty—as He would surely place David on the throne as king over Israel, and then later a Son of David would become King of Kings.
5. Abigail’s marriage to David provides him with a wise and worthy wife, even as Saul is giving away David’s wife Michal to another man—illustrating how the Lord counters every move Saul makes against David.

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