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Step in 111013 SS Lesson

  1. 1. STEP IN 1 Samuel 25:14-17,23-28,32-35 By John R Wible November 10, 2013 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 1
  2. 2. What’s the Point? Sometime we are called to step in to keep a bad situation from getting worse. 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 2
  3. 3. A Mission from God 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 3
  4. 4. What Have We Learned? Four Sessions of resolving conflict • Conflicts can arise because of different priorities • It’s Not about ME! • Sometimes you need to stand down • Never compromise on a matter of Biblical right and wrong 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 4
  5. 5. Other People’s Business • Sometimes people don’t apply Biblical principles to their lives (duh!) • When do we step in and when is it really none of our business? • What would Jesus do? Christ lovingly confronts and helps us, and as His followers, we are to follow His example and lovingly help others reconcile. Ephesians 4:15 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 5
  6. 6. What’s The Passage 1 Samuel 25:14-17,23-28,32-35 • While David was in the wilderness, he sought support from Nabal, for whom David’s men had provided protection. When Nabal refused, David became angry and set out for revenge. • Nabal’s wife, Abigail, intervened with both wisdom and diplomacy, keeping the conflict from becoming disastrous 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 6
  7. 7. What is Peace? • In Matthew 5:9, from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” • Peace is absence of conflict • Hebrew Shalom (Peace) derives from completeness • Peace also has an ethical quality • Thus, one who is a peacemaker is one who brings shalom to the parties. • In today’s story, Abigail was a peacemaker. 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 7
  8. 8. “It’s None of Your Business” • Look at page 136 of the BOOK: “How do you respond when you hear, ‘It’s none of your business?’” • It is painful when someone we care about is creating conflict. The easy path is to say, ‘It’s none of my business.’ But sometimes it truly is our business.” 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 8
  9. 9. A Story • Look at “The Bible Meets Life” section on page 137 of the BOOK. Find factors in the story that would help you decide what to do in this situation. • Though we should not step into every conflict around us, today we will see that there are times that we could and should intervene to help others. 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 9
  10. 10. A Real Nabal • Read 1 Samuel 25:14-17 • Who was Nabal and what does his name mean? • Who was Abigail? • Who was David and how are they all together in this story? • What led up a conflict? Look at the “1 Samuel 25:14-17” section on page 138 of the BOOK. 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 10
  11. 11. Tattletale! • What are the actions of the young man? • Does that make him a tattletale? • What is the difference between tattling and giving someone information to keep a bad situation from becoming worse? • In the next verses we will discover how Abigail stepped in. 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 11
  12. 12. Abigail, The Fair, The Brave • Read 1 Samuel 25:23-28. • How did Abigail act compared with Nabal? • From “1 Samuel 25:23-28” on page 140, what qualities of Abigail helped her intervene. • What prevents us from stopping a ‘train wreck’ in someone’s life? • In the next verses we will discover David’s responses to Abigail stepping in to the conflict. 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 12
  13. 13. Blessed are the Peacemakers • READ 1 Samuel 25:32-35 • David’s anger was justified. Nabal was a fool. However, shedding innocent blood was not the solution to this conflict. • How did David responded to Abigail and why? Use the“1 Samuel 25:32-35” section on pages 142-144 of the Book to find out. • What does Abigail’s story teach us about how to step in? 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 13
  14. 14. Ticklish Situations to Discuss • A friend confides that he/she is abusing his/her spouse or child. Are you in or out? • A co-worker is about to make a decision that will hurt his chance for a promotion. In or out? • A neighbor is painting his house an ugly color and the other neighbors hate it. In or out? • Two church members disagree over a church budget issue. In or out? • I think my child or grandchild is about to make a really bad mistake. In or out? • What does it take to step in and get involved? 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 14
  15. 15. Deciding When to Step In • Do you feel the call of God to step in? Is it really the call of God or the call of the “wild hare”? • Is it a life or death situation? • Are there other alternatives? • Are you in a position to take the risk? • Do you have a clear legal, ethical or moral obligation to intervene? Are you in a special relationship with one or both of the parties? 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 15
  16. 16. If You Do Step In • Seek advice. If you are not sure, ask the advice of someone you trust. Likewise, give someone permission to step in if you are about to make a bad decision. • Intervene diplomatically, yet directly. Say what needs to be said with humility and respect. • This is a big step, so do not do it half-heartedly. • Let God lead as you step in to keep a bad situation from getting worse. 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 16
  17. 17. Let’s Pray About it! 11/10/2013 John R. Wible, 2013 17

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