1 Samuel 25:25 Her Husband’s Helpmeet

1 Samuel 25:25 (KJV)
Let not my lord, I pray thee, regard this man of Belial, even Nabal: for as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him: but I thine handmaid saw not the young men of my lord, whom thou didst send.

The biblical account of Abigail seemingly flies in the face of much modern Christian teaching concerning the role of the Christian wife. There are a lot of comments about how Sarah called Abraham lord. Not so many about how Abigail called Nabal a man of Belial. 

The Bible says of her that she was both of good understanding and beautiful countenance. Abigail’s actions, rather than being a dishonor to her husband, were meant to save him, his property, and his reputation when David was anointed King. He claimed to have no indication that David would one day rule. Abigail believed God’s plan for David. 

A wife’s true role is to be her husband’s helpmeet. I believe Abigail attempted to be exactly that. Nabal did not repent, so God took him in death. Abigail lived on in victory. 

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1 Samuel 25:25 Her Husband’s Helpmeet

1 Samuel 24:4 Putting Feet To God’s Promises

1 Samuel 24:4 (KJV)
And the men of David said unto him, Behold the day of which the LORD said unto thee, Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thine hand, that thou mayest do to him as it shall seem good unto thee. Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe privily.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown writes, “God had never made any promise of delivering Saul into David’s hand; but, from the general and repeated promises of the kingdom to him, they concluded that the king’s death was to be effected by taking advantage of some such opportunity as the present.”

There was no such promise recorded, at least in the Word of God. It is rather an assumption based upon those things they knew God had promised and then added upon by their own devices. It isn’t that far off what Sarah did when, believing it to be the will of God for Abraham to have a son, and not believing it to be possible that she could give him that son, created her own scheme to force the will of God to be done. 

How often we are guilty of this very sin. We know what God’s Word says yet we cannot see how to reconcile what God promises with what we experience in life. It’s our reconciliation that creates all the trouble. It’s our passion to bring to a conclusion what God has promised through our own efforts. 

David, unlike Abraham, resisted the temptation to “put feet to God’s promise.” He waited on God. As a result, we have the example of what God will do if and when we stay out of His way. 

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1 Samuel 24:4 Putting Feet To God’s Promises

1 Samuel 22:7-8 A Conspiracy

1 Samuel 22:7-8 (KJV)
Then Saul said unto his servants that stood about him, Hear now, ye Benjamites; will the son of Jesse give every one of you fields and vineyards, and make you all captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds;
That all of you have conspired against me, and there is none that sheweth me that my son hath made a league with the son of Jesse, and there is none of you that is sorry for me, or sheweth unto me that my son hath stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?

One of the sorriest states a man can find himself in, is when he sees even his family and friends as having turned against him. Sorrier still is when he begins to view them as enemies. 

David had done nothing but good for Saul. Saul’s feelings of failure were of his own making and, I am sure, were his own to correct. It wasn’t good music or good news that would make the difference in his relationship with God. It certainly wasn’t the likes of Doeg or the assassination of the priests, or the capture and death of David. His only real cure would have been pure repentance. 

It’s a pretty fair sign that a man is on the wrong path when he thinks everyone, even his own family, have conspired against him. More likely they have conspired in an attempt to help him, if he would but receive the help.

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1 Samuel 22:7-8 A Conspiracy

1 Samuel 17:51 Their Hero Was Dead

1 Samuel 17:51 (KJV)
Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

Goliath seemed so big, so fierce, so powerful. 

Israel shuttered at the thought of fighting him.

The Philistines trusted in him, believing they were safe behind his bravado.

The shepherd boy, the father of Jesus, took him on and defeated him without a match. 

And the Philistines fled. 

It matters not how big, and fierce, and powerful the giants of this world appear to be. It is of little concern how loudly they speak or how they puff their chests. The Lamb of God that taketh the away the sin of the world will quickly appear as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. 

Then, all those who believe they are safely hidden, trusting in the wisdom of this world, will flee. 

Once their champion is dead, and he will die, they will flee. 

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1 Samuel 17:51 Their Hero Was Dead

1 Samuel 15:29 Should God Repent

1 Samuel 15:29 (KJV)
And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

And yet He did repent of making Saul King. It says so both in the early part of this chapter and the ending verse. 

It’s a matter of perspective. We tend to think of repentance as some sort of sorrow for what we have done. It is not. It is a change of direction.

God is not sorry that He made Saul to be king. It was the plan of God and necessary for the complete narrative of turning man from sin. 

What God did was a change of direction in the lineage of the royal family of Israel. It passed from Saul to David. When that change was made, God then promised to David that the throne would not depart from the family of David like it had with Saul.[1]

1 Samuel 15:11 (KJV)
It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel; and he cried unto the LORD all night.

1 Samuel 15:35 (KJV)
And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.


[1] 2 Samuel 7:12-16 (KJV)
And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.

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1 Samuel 15:29 Should God Repent

1 Samuel 12:25 It’s On Us

1 Samuel 12:25 (KJV)
But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king.

This passage, taken together with, 
1 Samuel 12:13-15 (KJV)
Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.
If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God:
But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.
indicates that the fall of King Saul was as much the responsibility of the people as a whole as it was of Saul himself. Of course, Saul was personally responsible for his decisions, but the congregation of Israel had rejected the Lord by asking for a king. God’s promise was that, if they would pursue the Lord, He would preserve both them and their king. If they continued in wickedness, both they and their king would be consumed.

This seems especially relevant in a country such as the United States, where our government is “by the people, for the people.” I’m not giving our officials a pass. They are responsible for their own actions. But neither do I want to forget how they got where they are. Every man and woman holding high office in the United States of America is there because the American people put them there. Every one of them is a public servant. That means they can only take the nation in the direction that the people of our land allow.

If we are to be consumed, the fault lies squarely upon us.

May God help us!

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1 Samuel 12:25 It’s On Us

1 Samuel 10:25 Samuel Had Seen To That

1 Samuel 10:25 (KJV)
Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.

What Samuel told the people about: the manner of the kingdom, and what he wrote in a book and what he laid up before the Lord, might have been a sort of “monarchical constitution,” the rules by which Saul was to govern. I rather don’t think it was. 

What I think he: told the people, wrote in a book and laid up before the Lord is the same as is found 1 Samuel 8:11-18.[1]

The people had already determined that they were willing to suffer these consequences to be like everyone else. Samuel, I think, repeated it, recorded it, and reserved it in the presence of the Lord. 

They would not be able to ever say they didn’t know.  Samuel had seen to that. 


[1] 1 Samuel 8:11-18 (KJV)
And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

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1 Samuel 10:25 Samuel Had Seen To That

1 Samuel 8:9 Samuel Was Displeased

1 Samuel 8:9 (KJV)
Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

There are some powerful lessons for the preacher in this text. The Bible says that when the people asked for a king like everyone else had:

Samuel was displeased
Vs 6
And he was right to be. No good thing will ever come from the people of God wanting to be like the people surrounding them.

Samuel prayed
Vs 6
And he was right to do it. The fact is that the preacher is merely a servant of the Lord. Our displeasure, right or wrong, is not the issue; God’s direction is.

Samuel was to hearken to their voice
Vs 7
This was not because they were right. They were not. It is a sad day when God turns us over to our own lusts. It’ll get us in more trouble than we can imagine. Notice that Samuel, though displeased with their choice, was to himself anoint the king they had chosen for themselves.

Samuel was to protest
Vs 9
He was to let them have their way, but he was to warn them once again of the mistake they were making.

Sometimes I think my main function as a pastor is to keep on protesting unto this world the consequences of their wrong choices. Nevertheless, God allows them to continue. Our place is not to force our convictions upon them, but only to tell them God’s Word on these issues.

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1 Samuel 8:9 Samuel Was Displeased

1 Samuel 7:8 Cease Not To Pray For Us

1 Samuel 7:8 (KJV)
And the children of Israel said to Samuel, Cease not to cry unto the LORD our God for us, that he will save us out of the hand of the Philistines.

I am reminded of 1 Samuel 12:23 (KJV)
Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: 

It is a grand thing to have a man of God who takes seriously his responsibility to pray without ceasing for the people of God. 

I would suggest to you that it is of equal and perhaps greater importance that the people of God wish for him to pray without ceasing for them. 

We are such a self-sufficient generation. We have come to see little reason to pray and more reason to work hard. It is true that hard work pays off. But even if great things are accomplished through such work, it is of little eternal value. It is as the chaff, driven in the wind or burnt up in the furnace. 

Truly, if we would do something of eternal worth, it must be done under the anointing of the Lord. 

We must therefore have someone who prays for us without ceasing.

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1 Samuel 7:8 Cease Not To Pray For Us

1 Samuel 3:1 Let Them Serve

1 Samuel 3:1 (KJV)
And the child Samuel ministered unto the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was precious in those days; there was no open vision.

There are three things this chapter clearly tells us:

  • That Samuel was, at this time, a child
  • That Samuel did not yet know the Lord and yet
  • That Samuel ministered unto the LORD

We have here one of those “chicken or the egg” situations. A person could wrestle over which cause which:

  • Did God set him up to be a prophet because he ministered unto the Lord? or
  • Did he minister unto the Lord because God set him up to be a prophet?

His mother had lent him to the Lord for this very thing, but his examples weren’t the best. 

One important lesson I see is that we ought not prevent children from serving the Lord, even if we do not know for sure that they know the Lord themselves. Just what that ministry they can do may be varied upon the child and upon the situation of the church. I see he ministered unto the Lord before Eli. That means he was supervised. 

It would be good to have a clear definition of what is ministry unto the Lord and clearly teach that to children and adults in church. 

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1 Samuel 3:1 Let Them Serve