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1 samuel 25a god's provision


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1 samuel 25a god's provision

  1. 1. Stone Creek www.rossvillechurch.com781 Salem Road, Rossville, GA 30741 October 28, 2012 1
  2. 2. Will be here December 29, 2012 to lead in worship. Pure Heart will behere Sunday morning, January 13, 2013 2
  3. 3. 1 Samuel 25 1a And Samuel died; and all theIsraelites were gathered together, and lamentedhim, and buried him in his house at Ramah.There is purpose in coming together to mourn for loved ones who have died. In coming together, the saints invite the Presence of God’s Holy Spirit to be in our midst. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter. 3
  4. 4. Samuel had meant much to the nation of Israel:Priest, Prophet, King-maker, Advisor to kings, Prayer warrior, and more.God had talked with Samuel from the time he wasa small boy, living and training with Eli the Priest. His death was a grave loss to Israel, and David came to Ramah with the others to mourn. 4
  5. 5. 1b And David arose,and went down to thewilderness of Paran. Ramah is north of Jerusalem.David moved far from Saul, into a rather empty area. 5
  6. 6. 2 And there was a man in Maon, whose possessionswere in Carmel; and the man was very great, andhe had three thousand sheep, and a thousand goats:and he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. Rich man! But not a smart man, as we shall see. 6
  7. 7. 3 Now the name of the man was Nabal [dolt orfool]; and the name of his wife Abigail: and shewas a woman of good understanding, and of abeautiful countenance: but the man was churlishand evil in his doings; and he was of the house ofCaleb. Churlish = cruel, stubborn, hard-hearted 7
  8. 8. So, Nabal was anevil, stubborn, rich,hard-hearted fool. He will lose everything, because he will die. 8
  9. 9. But his wife, Abigail,was beautiful, wise, and hard-working.She will be the wife of a king. 9
  10. 10. 4 And David heard in the wilderness that Nabal didshear his sheep. 5 And David sent out ten youngmen, and David said unto the young men, Get youup to Carmel, and go to Nabal, and greet him in myname: 6 And thus shall ye say to him that liveth inprosperity, Peace be both to thee, and peace be tothine house, and peace be unto all that thou hast. David is on the run in the wilderness, and he still has to feed 600 men.He tells his men to be diplomatic. 10
  11. 11. 7 And now I have heard that thou hast shearers:now thy shepherds which were with us, we hurtthem not, neither was there ought missing untothem, all the while they were in Carmel. 8 Ask thyyoung men, and they will shew thee. Wherefore letthe young men find favor in thine eyes: for wecome in a good day: give, I pray thee, whatsoevercometh to thine hand unto thy servants, and to thyson David. David and his men were not free-loaders. They had protected his men from bandits. 11
  12. 12. 9 And when Davids young men came, they spaketo Nabal according to all those words in the nameof David, and ceased. 10 And Nabal answeredDavids servants, and said, Who is David? and whois the son of Jesse? there be many servants now adays that break away every man from his master. Nabal “the fool” answered them harshly. He even implied that David was a runaway slave. He was greedy and did not want to share; So he blamed David for his own need. 12
  13. 13. 11 Shall I then take my bread, and my water, andmy flesh that I have killed for my shearers, andgive it unto men, whom I know not whence theybe? “The Fool” was all about self.Nabal went into a passion, as covetous men are aptto do, when asked for anything, thinking thus tocover one sin with another; and, by abusing thepoor, to excuse themselves from relieving them.But God will not thus be mocked. Matthew Henry 13
  14. 14. Let this help us to bear reproaches and misrepre-sentations with patience and cheerfulness, andmake us easy under them; it has often been the lotof the excellent ones of the earth. Matthew HenryAs Nabal did to David, people who are mean to us are excusing their own sins. Compassion is a defining trait of God. His children are to be compassionate also. 14
  15. 15. Nabal insists much on the property he had in theprovisions of his table. May he not do what he willwith his own?We mistake, if we think we are absolute lords ofwhat we have, and may do what we please with it.No; we are but stewards, and must use it as we aredirected, remembering it is not our own, but Hiswho entrusted us with it. Matthew Henry Concise Bible Commentary . 15
  16. 16. James 1 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is fromabove, and cometh down from the Father of lights,with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow ofturning. Every good thing that we possess is God’s Provision. He has entrusted us with it. We are not even lords of our own selves. 16
  17. 17. 1 Corinthians 6 19 What? know ye not that yourbody is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is inyou, which ye have of God, and ye are not yourown? 20 For ye are bought with a price: thereforeglorify God in your body, and in your spirit, whichare Gods. Price: Jesus’ BloodWe each have an obligation unto God to use all that we are and all He has provided for His Purpose. Nabal was the fool – “MY, my, my, I, and my.”Let us be wise in sharing and using God’s Provision. 17
  18. 18. Whatever we have, whatever we can do God provided.Use it for the Glory of God. Not for our own purposes. 18