1 samuel 25c God handled the situation

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Let go and let God. He will handle it for you, just as He did for David and Abigail.

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1 samuel 25c God handled the situation

  1. 1. Stone Creek You are welcomewww.rossvillechurch.com781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 November 11, 2012 1
  2. 2. The Bowmans will be here Saturday, December 29, 2012 to lead in worship. Pure Heart will be hereSunday morning at 11:00,January 13, 2013 to lead worship. Fifth Sunday dinner andfellowship December 30November 11, 2012 2
  3. 3. 1 Samuel 25 Nabal’s wife Abigail has come to David to plead for the life of her husband, Nabal “THE FOOL”She was also there to save David from a mistake made in anger -- killing “THE FOOL”. 3
  4. 4. 1 Samuel 25:26 Now therefore, my lord, as the LORDliveth, and as thy soul liveth, seeing the LORD hathwithholden thee from coming to shed blood, andfrom avenging thyself with thine own hand, nowlet thine enemies, and they that seek evil to mylord, be as Nabal.Her prayer is that all of David’s enemies would be no more dangerous than Nabal. 4
  5. 5. The Lord kept David from avenging himself with his own hand, and He used Abigail to do it.Romans 12 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not your-selves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it iswritten, Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, saith theLord.We have no need to get even!Not in things great or small.Not with words or deeds. 5
  6. 6. Let go and let God! God will avenge His people, and He will do it better than we ever could.Psalm 37 1-2 Fret not thyself because of evildoers,neither be thou envious against the workers ofiniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like thegrass, and wither as the green herb. If someone hurts you, put it in God’s Hands. He will punish them and bless you. 6
  7. 7. 25:27 (Abigail)And now this blessingwhich thine handmaid hathbrought unto my lord, let it evenbe given unto the young menthat follow my lord. 28 I pray A sure house:thee, forgive the trespass of God would estab-thine handmaid: for the LORD lish David’s king-will certainly make my lord a dom and keep it.sure house; because my lordfighteth the battles of the LORD,and evil hath not been found inthee all thy days. 7
  8. 8. 29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thysoul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in thebundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the soulsof thine enemies, them shall He sling out, as out ofthe middle of a sling.To be in God’s Bundle ofLife is to be safe and well. Those whom God slings out shall perish. 8
  9. 9. 30-31 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD shallhave done to my lord according to all the good thatHe hath spoken concerning thee, and shall haveappointed thee ruler over Israel; That this shall beno grief unto thee, nor offence of heart unto mylord, either that thou hast shed blood causeless, orthat my lord hath avenged himself: but when theLORD shall have dealt well with my lord, thenremember thine handmaid. David would be king, and the slaughter of “THE FOOL” and his men would have been a black day in David’s history. 9
  10. 10. When tempted to sin, think of the future.An act of passion committed in the heat of themoment, will look differently looking back on it. Anger or Revenge Pleasure Words “I wish I hadn’t done that.” Too late! We can’t take back words spoken or deeds done. 10
  11. 11. 32 And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORDGod of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me:33 And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou,which hast kept me this day from coming to shedblood, and from avenging myself with mine ownhand. A Good heart produces good.Abigail was a good woman with good motives, and she would be blessed of the Lord. She had caused David to think of consequences, and turned him from the path of evil 11
  12. 12. 34 For in very deed, as the LORD God of Israelliveth, which hath kept me back from hurting thee,except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me,surely there had not been left unto Nabal by themorning light any that pisseth against the wall. David was on the path of murder. This action against “The Fool” was murder for the sake of revenge. Nabal’s men were shepherds, not soldiers. They could not have defended themselves. 12
  13. 13. 35 So David received of her hand that which shehad brought him, and said unto her, Go up in peaceto thine house; see, I have hearkened to thy voice,and have accepted thy person. David reassured Abigail that he would do no harm to her or her household.God used this good woman to save David from his own anger and rash actions. 13
  14. 14. 36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he helda feast in his house, like the feast of a king; andNabals heart was merry within him, for he wasvery drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, lessor more, until the morning light.Abigail knew a Truth: you can’t reason with a drunk while he’s drunk. So, she didn’t even try.Abigail just stayed quiet while “The Fool” was drunk. 14
  15. 15. 37-38 Butit came to pass in the morning, when thewine was gone out of Nabal, and his wife had toldhim these things, that his heart died within him,and he became as a stone. And it came to passabout ten days after, that the LORD smote Nabal,that he died. His narrow escape so shocked Nabal that he had a heart attack right then, And died within ten days. 15
  16. 16. I told you that God would deal with Nabal. A wise and good woman married to afool, and she just put it into God’s Hands.She didn’t nag or fuss or cuss.She did the right thing and then trusted God. Wait on God! 16
  17. 17. 39a And when David heard that Nabal was dead, hesaid, Blessed be the LORD, that hath pleaded thecause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, andhath kept his servant from evil: for the LORD hathreturned the wickedness of Nabal upon his ownhead. God did it! Will you let go and let God? 17
  18. 18. 39b And David sent and communed with Abigail, totake her to him to wife. 40 And when the servants ofDavid were come to Abigail to Carmel, they spakeunto her, saying, David sent us unto thee, to takethee to him to wife. But not until Nabal was dead!!! 18
  19. 19. 41 And she arose, and bowed herself on her face tothe earth, and said, Behold, let thine handmaid be aservant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.42 And Abigail hasted, and arose and rode upon anass, with five damsels of hers that went after her;and she went after the messengers of David, andbecame his wife. It occurs to me that Abigail was a rich widow.I wonder if she brought her wealth with her as she married David. The Bible doesn’t say either way. 19
  20. 20. 43 David also took Ahinoam of Jezreel; and theywere also both of them his wives. 44 But Saul hadgiven Michal his daughter, Davids wife, to Phaltithe son of Laish, which was of Gallim. To have more than one wife was never in God’s Plan for a man. David followed custom here; Not the Law of God. 20
  21. 21. Deuteronomy 17:17 (NIV) He (any king of Israel)must not take many wives, or his heart will be ledastray. He must not accumulate large amounts ofsilver and gold. Kings in that day married the daughters of other kings, to form an alliance.The king of Israel was to trust God alone! 21
  22. 22. Genesis 2:23-24 (KJV) And Adam said, This isnow bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: sheshall be called Woman, because she was taken outof Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father andhis mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and theyshall be one flesh. That can only be true with one mate. The lesson today is trust God enough to “Let go and let God” handle your life. He did for David and for Abigail, And He will for you. 22

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