Over the past two months, I’ve realized that there’s a lot about the Bible that I don’t know and a lot of stories that I’d heard before but never truly understood. One such story is hidden in 1 Samuel 25, which explains how King David (the one who killed Goliath) met his wife Abigail.
While David was fleeing from Saul, he and about 600 of his men came to the house of Nabal, a very wealthy man. David had protected Nabal’s shepherds and was kind to them, so when he came to his house, David made a (reasonable) request for provisions. Nabal refused, insulting David’s character, and David gathered his men up to kill Nabal. Abigail, Nabal’s beautiful and discerning wife, came to David and pleaded with him to not kill her husband out of anger. He thanked her for her words of wisdom and for preventing him from sinning. Abigail sent him away with provisions while her husband got drunk, and David escaped. When Abigail told Nabal what she had done, he had a stroke and died ten days later. David returned to make Abigail his wife.
This is honestly a wild story. It allows us to see both David’s humanity and his whole heart for God. He is angry, so angry that he nearly kills a man’s entire household. Yet when a wise woman approaches him with gentleness and humility, he accepts her instruction and avoids this sin, then marries her after her husband dies.
So, what does this have to do with the gospel? After all, every single story in the Bible points to Jesus Christ.
It’s interesting that the line of Christ doesn’t go through Abigail’s children, but rather through Bathsheeba’s. David was promised that the Messiah would come through his line even though he messed up time and time again. It’s really a picture of grace. David was sinful and broken, but he listened to instruction and avoided sin by following wise counsel. His heart always turned back to the Lord because he repented humbly. We should imitate David in this respect, listening to the Abigails in our life and repenting when we’ve done wrong.