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MARRIED TO A FOOL: Abigail and David, Part 1

Throughout the ages, many women have found themselves, whether through arranged marriages or by choice, married to men who might be considered fools... men who are not walking with the Lord...  men who have hardened their hearts to their wives and to the Lord.  The world says, "Well, you deserve to be happy."  Or it tells us that love is the basis for whether a marriage is to continue or not... as if lack of love is a legitimate reason for divorce.  Let me say here if you are divorced for whatever reason, be encouraged that you still have a Husband, and His name is King Jesus.  There is much to be learned from the story of Abigail for all women. 

This study, in particular, is for those women who find themselves in the same plight as Abigail.  Let me encourage you, Dear One, if you don't know what to do, stay where you are.  God has permitted this to happen in your life, in part, to refine you, to sift you, to chip away as a gemstone cutter chips away to make the perfect shaped diamond; but also, for you to be a godly influence to your husband and to those watching.  It's our nature to want to get out of painful situations.  We want to rid ourselves of entanglements.  Perhaps, the Lord saw something in you that needed to be shaken out, needed to be pruned. Stay where you are.  Keep your eyes on your King.  Find your Hiding Place in Him.  Maybe one day the Lord will provide you with freedom or an opportunity as He did Abigail, or maybe He will heal your marriage.  Until then, He will give you the grace and the power that you need on a daily basis.  Run to Him and find that His strength and His grace is all you need.

This study is about Abigail, who was married to a fool.  The study picks up in 1 Samuel 25:

'Then Samuel died; and the Israelites gathered together and lamented for him, and buried him at his home in Ramah.  And David arose and went down to the Wilderness of Paran.  Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel, and the man was very rich.  He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And he was shearing his sheep in Carmel.  The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife was Abigail.  And she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance; but the man was harsh and evil in his doings.  He was of the house of Caleb.  When David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep, David sent ten young men; and David said to the young men, "Go up to Carmel, go to Nabal, and greet him in my name.  And thus you shall say to him who lives in prosperity: 'Peace be to you, peace to your house, and peace to all that you have!  Now I have heard that you have shearers.  Your shepherds were with us, and we did not hurt them, nor was there anything missing from them all the while they were in Carmel.  Ask your young men, and they will tell you.  Therefore let my young men find favor in your eyes, for we come on a feast day.  Please give whatever comes to your hand to your servants and to your son David.'"  So when David's young men came, they spoke to Nabal according to all these words in the name of David, and waited.  Then Nabal answered David's servants, and said, "Who is David, and who is the son of Jesse?  There are many servants nowadays who break away each one from his master.  Shall I then take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers, and give it to men when I do not know where they are from?"  So David's young men turned on their heels and went back; and they came and told him all those words. Then David said to his men, "Every man gird on  his sword." So every man girded on his sword and David also girded on his sword.  And about four hundred men went with David, and two hundred stayed with the supplies.   (Verses 1-13) NKJV

As always, much can be learned by looking at the Hebrew words and their meanings...

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