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