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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 25:1-44

Today is our third and final day looking at 1 Samuel 25, and our focus is now on David. We see something a little different than what we're accustomed to for this chosen man of God. David has been greatly insulted by Nabal, and his immediate response is anger and indignation. So much so that he gathers together his men to repay Nabal for his mistreatment with the intent of wiping out his entire household. Thankfully, his anger doesn't blind him enough to stop him from receiving and then listening to Abigail (a woman in a male dominated culture). And, he not only listens to Abigail, he changes his mind about getting revenge on Nabal, and then thanks God for sending this incredibly wise woman whose words stopped him from killing many innocent people.

What was the most important thing you noticed or learned from David in this passage? What does this passage show us about the danger of unchecked anger? Tami

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Before I answer your good questions,Tami.
I noticed in verses 14 But ONE OF THE YOUNG MEN told Abigail, Nabal's wife, “Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to greet our master, and he railed at them. 15 Yet the men were very good to us, and we suffered no harm, and we did not miss anything when we were in the fields, as long as we went with them. 16 They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep. 17 Now therefore know this and consider what you should do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his house, and he is such a worthless man that one cannot speak to him.” I used the bold type for emphasis to the young man who got involved in this situation!

Two thoughts, sometimes like this young man, we can think that this is none of my business and I should stay out of it.In this case, the young man did get involved and it is (probably) although I do NOT know for certain that Abigail had solved other situations to "calm the storm" involving her husband and his helpers in the past. Abigail was no doubt a peacemaker!!

Now to address your excellent thought-provoking questions:
David was quick to become anger and thankful that he could also be quick to listen to reason. Abigail was used to diffuse what could have resulted in a deadly situation!

Unchecked anger can lead to dANGERous deadly results!

David was very venerable,he was hunger,insulted,had his feelings hurt (pride),grieving the loss of Samuel and wives who had either died or were taken from him.

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