David and Abigail

The Meeting of David and AbigailIllustration:  “The Meeting of David and Abigail” by Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1630.  Oil on panel.

“Please forgive the trespass of your servant. For the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house, because my lord is fighting the battles of the LORD, and evil shall not be found in you so long as you live” (1 Samuel 25:28).

About 900 years had passed since Jacob blessed his sons. The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt, but escaped and returned to Canaan (their own land). Threatened by powerful armies to the east and west, they begged God for a king to rescue them. They chose a man named Saul, but he was more interested in personal glory than in serving God. Eventually, God rejected him because of his selfishness and disobedience.

Then God chose Israel’s second king, David. He was humble, devoted to God, and always aware that Israel’s victories were God’s doing. In all of these praiseworthy characteristics, David foreshadowed the Messiah to come. Israel even thought perhaps King David was the Messiah they awaited!

God revealed His plan to David through the words of a woman named Abigail. “For the LORD will certainly make my lord a sure house.” David would have a long (forty years) and successful reign as Israel’s earthly king, but Abigail’s words promise a lasting dynasty and point much farther into the future: Jesus, the Messiah, would be a descendant of King David.

Prayer: “Not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39). Amen.

As We Wait: Have you ever begged God for something you needed, and been disappointed with what He gave you? Even when you make bad choices, God is faithful to love you and keep bringing you closer to Him.

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