Abigail and the Fool

Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from Scripture
Mark 12:35-44; 2 Cor. 10; Ps. 105; 2 Sam. 24 – 25

It is impossible to overlook the astounding character of this woman Abigail in 2
Sam. 25. No doubt, every “Nabal” among us who has a bit of sense would
consider themselves blessed indeed to have someone love us as she loved her
miscreant husband. And it is here that Abigail becomes one of those rare (in
that she is female) but blazing types of Christ that fill the pages of the Old
Testament. Yes, the roles are reversed but can’t you hear the Savior’s own
voice pleading with The Father on behalf of the wicked men we are? Is there
not a parallel here between Abigail’s sweet and secret pleadings for her
undeserving husband’s life, and the parable Jesus relates in Luke 13? “”A man
had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and
found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have
come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it
use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until
I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well
and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’” Don’t you hear The Savior pleading
for the fruitless trees we are? Don’t you hear Him intervening when we deserve
God’s wrath even now? Nabal means “fool”, and aren’t we the cosmic fools,
ignoring God’s grace and mercy poured out all around us all the time and yet
scoffing to our own everlasting destruction? Oh for Abigail’s pleading for her
hard, careless, foolish husband. Oh for Christ’s pleading for His hard, careless,
foolish bride! And then God’s grace. Where our hearts ought to equally turn to
stone when we consider the wrath at Calvary that OUGHT to have been ours,
still, the Spirit works in us life instead of death. He makes us know the love
both of the Avenger and the Offended One. The scorned God sends His own
Son to intervene. It would be as if David himself went to Nabal to seek
reconciliation. Such would be unthinkable in human terms – but that is our God,
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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