Epistles of Thomas

June 22, 2009

1 Samuel 25-27

Filed under: Old Testament — Thomas @ 17:45
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Chapter 25 begins with a quick account of Samuel’s death and the mourning of the people. It is mainly concerned with the story of David’s encounter with Nabal, the “fool.” David sent some men to collect some supplies from Nabal during sheep shearing time. David and his men had not accosted Nabal’s flocks but had ensured they were protected so he expected good will in return. However, Nabal was not impressed and responded dismissively: “Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?” (25:11). David was angered by this reply and headed off to take the supplies by force. However before he arrived, Nabal’s wife Abigail heard of the confrontation from her servants and quickly gathered some supplies and offered them to David. Her servants realised the consequences of Nabal’s actions and she acted without hesitation. In the morning when Nabal heard how disaster had been narrowly avoided he had a stroke or heart attack or something and died ten days later. Then David married Abigail. He was already on the road to polygyny having married Ahinoam of Jezreel after having to flee from Saul, leaving his wife Michal behind to be given to another man.

In chapter 26 David once again has an opportunity to kill Saul but once again refrains and succeeds in persuading Saul to return home and stop pursuing him. David was sure that this situation would not reverse course again so he fled with 600 men and their families to Gath in Philistine territory. They settled in the town of Ziklag and from there raided the Geshurites, the Girzites and the Amalekites. He pretended to be raiding Israelite areas to successfully gain favour with Achish in Gath.

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