Archive for December, 2010

Abigail Gives

Nabal is a business man; he deals in sheep. His Church is in located in Carmel. He is very rich: he owns 3000 sheep and 1000 goats. He has a big house, many house-servants and shepherd-servants, and lots of money. But he is harsh and evil in his dealings.

David’s messengers greet Nabal peacefully. They remind Nabal of all the good things David has done for him. They tell him how the shepherd-servants had been with David and how he had treated them kindly, protected them and fed them. Now David requests the kindness to be faithfully repaid.

Nabal scoffs back, “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse?” He knows; but he is being dishonest. He wants to keep all his acquisitions for himself, and not pay what he owes. David makes plans to visit wrath upon the entire household of Nabal.

Abigail is intelligent and beautiful. She is wise, gentle, and giving. She trusts in the LORD and wants to be faithful to Him. She has lived Nabal’s house for many years but this is only temporary. God has a plan to free her. She eventually finds out about the impending judgment. She is told, “Behold, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master, and he scorned them.” She discovers that Nabal has returned evil for David’s good.

Abigail is exhorted, “Now therefore, know and consider what you should do.” Evil has been determined against Nabal and all his household; and he is such a son of Belial (worthless, wicked) that no one can speak to him. Abigail has been exhorted to action. She must have courage.

Abigail hurries and prepares a gift; a spiritual offering of 200 loaves of bread, 2 jugs of wine, 5 sheep, grain and fruit. She goes out to David in the wilderness, bringing her gift. She humbly offers it all up to him. But she does not tell Nabal.

Abigail is a peacemaker. She falls down on her face before David. She bows herself to the ground. She intercedes and pleads with David to spare those in the household of Nabal. She humbly asks for forgiveness and pleads for mercy for the multitude of those who reside there. David is pleased and blesses her. He receives the offerings she has brought for him. He listens to her and grants her request. He will spare all those in the house who are not responsible for this wickedness.

Nabal is foolish and selfish. He should be guiding and caring for his house with wisdom, humility and truth. He should be aware of the impending judgment that is soon to come upon his house. He should be repenting of his wickedness and disobedience. Instead he is pleasing himself. Instead he is having a party fit for a king. He is quite drunk on his foolishness. Abigail is wise. She waits until morning and then tells him everything. The LORD returns the evil of Nabal upon his own head and strikes him dead.

David sends a proposal to Abigail to take her as his wife. She arises, bows with her face to the ground and offers herself as a servant to David: “Behold, your maidservant is a maid to wash the feet of my lord’s servants.” Then Abigail quickly arises, and with her five maidens who attend her, she follows the messengers of David, and becomes his wife.

Abigail gave everything she could to David. She gave petition on behalf of the multitude, she gave request for mercy. She gave him all her spiritual fruit and spiritual bread, wine and meat. She gave humility, repentance, obeisance, honor, respect, submission, and service to him. She gladly gave herself to him as a humble servant. After she was freed, she gave herself to him as his wife.

Now therefore know and consider what thou wilt do

1 Samuel 25:17

Snakes and Scorpions

Snakes and scorpions live in your government. They live in your neighborhood. They are in your Church. They are in your house. You are surrounded.

They speak lies to you. They speak lies about you. They are not sincere; they flatter and fake love for you. They mock and ridicule you. They laugh at you. They covet your spiritual possessions and envy you. They resent you and want you to fail. Evil influences and controls them.

Snakes and scorpions bite and sting you. They attack. They love to accuse you unjustly. They take pleasure as they blame and accuse you. They want to hurt you. They know there is no truth to their accusation yet they accuse to send flaming arrows of pain into you. They want to steal your joy and peace. They want to put blame, guilt, shame and bondage on you. They deliver arrows of pain and spew hate onto you. They intend to inject you with their poisonous venom. They want to kill your soul.

Snakes and scorpions betray you. They kiss you and then hate you and turn you over to the authorities. They fake love. Their friendship with you is an illusion; they are secretly loyal to your enemy.

They are greedy, selfish, spiteful, self-righteous, proud, vain, arrogant, cunning, deceptive, self-preserving, manipulative, controlling, authoritarian, ambitious, emotionally cruel, viscous, hurtful, dangerous, brutal, unforgiving, vindictive, vengeful and egocentric: they believe they are superior. They love power and control and utilize blackmail and punishment when necessary. They have hidden motives and agendas. When their control is threatened they will attack. They have not compassion nor mercy.

But Jesus gives us His power to tread on serpents and scorpions in the Spirit as we respond according to His will. They can not harm you. In power of His Spirit, you stand in the Holy Place; you are safe. You are safe from these death attacks as you trample them under your feet in the Spirit with His power filling you. The power of the enemy cannot hurt you. The Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ is in you and you are in Him: His power is in you and nothing can harm you.

1. Be wise as the serpent: understand who is attacking you and why.

2. Be harmless as a dove. Respond to attacks as Jesus did with humility, gentleness, grace, faith and silence.

3. As led by the Spirit, speak Truth in love, or remain silent.

Let us remember how the Lord Jesus responded to those who hated Him, and to remember His instructions to us regarding how we are to respond to those who hate us. He told us to take up our cross and follow Him. He is our Shepherd and we are His sheep. Let us follow Him.

Jesus’ response:
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth;
like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. Isaiah 53:7. (He did not defend Himself.)

Now Jesus stood before the governor and the governor questioned Him saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?”And Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.”
(He identified Himself.)

And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He made no answer. Then Pilate said to Him, “Do you not hear how many things they testify against You?” And He did not answer him with regard to even a single charge, so that the governor was quite amazed. Matt.27:11-14. (Jesus did not defend Himself.)

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34.(forgiveness)

Our response:
Be glad in that day, and leap for joy…Luke 6:23.

Rejoice and be exceedingly glad… Matt.5:12.

Keep on rejoicing…1 Pe.4:13.

But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Matt.10:19-20.

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for those who despitefully use you, and persecute you. Matt.5:44.

But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke6:27-28.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not. Romans 12:14.

when we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure(suffer)..
1 Cor.4:12.

But none of these things move me, neither do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24

4. Offer up the suffering to God as worship. He will turn your suffering into worship, joy and love for Him by the filling of the power of His Spirit.

5. Respond in private worship alone to the Lord with prayer, praise, thanksgiving, trust, repentance, adoration and submission to Him and His will, in love.

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Matt.10:16

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.. Matt.16:18

Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon (serpent) shalt thou trample under feet. Ps.91:13

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Matt.10:19