Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Advent Calendar: Day 15

The story today is David and Abigail. David and his men protected the people who lived in the wilderness near them throughout the year, so when the harvest time came, they expected to be included in the festivities. One guy, named Nabal, didn't see it that way, and was very rude about it, calling David a run-away slave/ruffian. So David decided to act like one, and kill Nabal and his whole house-hold. Nabal's wife, Abigail, caught wind of what Nabal had done and immediately packed a generous gift on donkeys and went to take it to David. They met in the wilderness while David was on his way to the attack. (You can tell it is the wilderness by the thorny plants all along the road.)

I wondered, when I saw this page, what this had to do with Advent, but again, David was Jesus' ancestor.


Abigail's quick thinking kept David from making a fatal error in judgment. If David had carried out a massacre, he never would have been accepted as King of Israel!

The story has a happy ending. As soon as Nabal sobered up from his "harvest party" Abigail told him what she had done, and he fell over dead. (That is not the happy part! This is:) Then David sent for Abigail, and he married her. He could see the wisdom of marrying a smart woman!

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