Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The First Book of Samuel
Nabal Bible Story
Nabal in the Bible Events
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our thought provoking and concerning, Nabal Bible trek for Truth
concerns a man named Nabal in the Bible who had interactions with
King David. In the Nabal Bible story we learn of his poor choices and
how the end for the Nabal Bible character message affects your
be-YOU-tiful Christian walk today.
It is always nice to have you back with us at Daily Bread! Before we
begin our Nabal Bible journey, let's start out with what happened the
last time we shared Daily Bread together, shall we? Saul was in
pursuit of David, and ends up taking refuge for the night.
He and his three thousand men with him, in the very same cave as
David. Secretly, David sneaks over to Saul without any of the massive
group of soldiers awakening to catch him. David's men believe all of
this is a sign that God has delivered David's enemy right to him.
But instead of harming Saul, David cuts off part of Saul's clothing
and steals away a safe distance with it, then calls out to Saul, "I
coulda gotcha!" Saul relents that David is a more righteous man than
himself and recedes that David will indeed be king one day. He then
asks for David's assurance that he will not slander his name or cut
off his posterity. David humbly agrees, and Saul departs for home,
while David leery to return to his home, returns to hiding.
While David was in hiding, Samuel died and all of Israel gathered
together, and mourned for him, then buried him at his home in Ramah.
Meanwhile, David left Engedi and went to the wilderness of Paran,
which is in the Sinai Peninsula.
Who is Nabal in the Bible?
Now, In Maon (a city about fifteen miles east/southeast of Engedi)
there lived a rich man named Nabal who owned property in Carmel
(which was about a mile north of Maon). Nabal was a cruel and evil
man. His wife Abigail, however, was a smart and beautiful woman.
Nabal had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats and he took his
sheep for shearing to Carmel.
Haven't had a Daily Bread Stick in a while, have we? Let's take a
quick Nabal Bible field trip. Let's talk about sheep shearing! This
is the third time we've heard about sheep shearing in the Bible. The
first time in Genesis
31:19, Jacob fled from Laban while Laban was away shearing his
sheep. In Genesis
38:13, Judah went up to his sheepshearers in Timnath after he
finished mourning his wife's death. Now we have Nabal taking his
sheep up to Carmel to have them sheared. In each instance, the sheep
owners took the sheep elsewhere to have them sheared. Perhaps the
cities they were taken to were cities of trade, where purchasers of
wool, or markets were. Another thing to remember when you picture
what's going on in the Bible stories that we share, is the era in
which things are happening.
If you think about sheep shearing today, you might automatically
think of the shearer holding an electric razor, and you can probably
even imagine the sound of it buzzing as the tufts of wool fall from
the blades. But they didn't have such luxuries back then. It must
have taken much longer to shear a sheep with scissors or knife blades
or whatever they used back then. At either rate, it was a time of
celebration as well as sort of a harvest time, because the sheep
owners would naturally sell the wool and make an abundance of money.
Well ... Imagine how much wool one would get from three thousand
sheep! So, one might imagine, just as you would imagine grape harvest
time in old Italy, though it was work because they had to stomp the
grapes without the modern methods we have today, it was a time of
great joy and friends were invited to join in the festivities.
Who is Nabal Bible Study
Nabal in the Bible Story Continues
Now, back when David and his fellas were hiding from Saul in Engedi,
they used to hang out with Nabal's shepherds around Carmel and there
was a good rapport between Nabal's shepherds and David's men.
Nabal Bible story reminder ... David has since left Nabal's
neighborhood and is out in the wilderness of Paran, and he heard that
Nabal was shearing sheep. So David sent ten of his guys to Nabal in
Carmel with a message, saying, "Peace to you, your family, and all
that you own. I heard you're sheering sheep. We've always treated
your shepherds kindly ... Ask your fellas and they'll tell you. So
please be generous and allow my men to find favor in your eyes and
give to your servants and your son David whatever you can since we've
come at a time of celebration."
So to get a better picture of the Nabal Bible events, everyone in
Israel knows the skinny on David and Saul and what's going on with
that situation. And David, along his travels as a fugitive, gains
supporters along the way. Some actually follow him as soldiers, while
others back him in mind and heart and if possible help out with food
and other provisions.
David and Nabal in the Bible
David's servants had been helping out Nabal's men with the sheep and
whatnot ... Why not, there's not much to do out in the wilderness,
while you're waiting for Saul's next move, so helping out your
countrymen helps pass the time and gain friends. So, David in return
asked Nabal if he could hook them up with some food and goods in
return. When David's men approached Nabal, they repeated everything
David told them to.
But, Nabal's response wasn't what David expected, "Who is this David
fellow? The son of who? A lot of servants these days escape their
master. So I'm supposed to take my bread and water and meat that I
have for my servants and give it to people I don't even know?"
Nice guy, that Nabal, eh? This is the Nabal Bible concern. His men
were helped by David's men, yet he refuses to return the favor, and
insults David on top of it. Do we ever act like that when someone has
helped us, but when it comes time to reciprocate, it seems like an
awful inconvenience? Maybe we don't have time, or just don't ...
Care. Maybe someone has been a friend to you and in return you
gossiped about them or insulted them. Keep reading to find out what
happened next ...
David's men returned to David reporting everything Nabal said. This
sort of made the hair on the back of David's neck stand up and he
said to his men, "Get your swords." And with about 400 men, David
went to confront Nabal, while 200 men stayed behind with the supplies.
Nabal Bible Time Out ... What's the big deal, you may be saying to
yourself. Certainly Nabal isn't the only guy in Israel that could
help out David and the fellas with a little grub ... Why not just
leave it be and seek out someone more generous.
Well, it's a little easier to understand if you look at the whole
picture. Here's David, the one that God said would be king, living not
only like a pauper, but a fugitive. Also, don't forget that David
wasn't hiding in the wilderness for a couple of days, or just a few
weeks or months, but years. David was the apple of God's eye, but
that doesn't mean that David had assurance each and every day that he
would pull through these wilderness experiences he was having and
someday live in a palace and lead God's people in comfort.
There may have been extremely long periods of time when David may
have wondered if God abandoned him. Just because we get to read the
adventures in David's life one chapter after another, doesn't mean
that these things happened day after day. David and his men could
have been out in the wilderness for months or years when this
happened. They could have been suffering from starvation or who knows
Abigail and Nabal in the Bible
Nabal Bible Point of Interest ... Imagine David in this situation and
when what appears might be a blessing turns out to be an insult, it
doesn't sit too well, no matter how righteous a soul you are. "Who is
this David? Son of who?" Nabal may as well have added, "Your mama
wears army boots!" Gettin' the picture now?
It turns out that one young man told Abigail, Nabal's wife, that
David sent messengers to talk to Nabal and he just insulted them. The
servant told her, "The men were very kind to us. We were never hurt or
had anything taken from us as long as we were with them in the fields.
In fact, they protected us day and night while we were keeping the
sheep. There's gotta be something you can do about this. Soon bad
things will happen to Nabal and his family because he's such a son of
a gun that nobody can talk sense to him.
Abigail immediately took 200 loaves of bread, two bottles of wine, 5
sheep, roasted grain, 100 clusters of raisins, and 200 fig cakes and
piled them on top of donkeys. Now, I don't know about you, but the
way I figure it, David's got six hundred hungry men ... Am I the only
one who thinks they might run outta wine?
Okay, let's give Abby a break, not only was she in a hurry, but since
Nabal was probably entertaining his friends and family at the sheep
shearing celebration, he probably didn't leave enough wine for six
hundred soldiers sitting in the pantry, right? Okay then. Now,
Abigail told her servants, "Go ahead of me. I'll follow shortly." But
she didn't tell her husband what she was doing.
Nabal Bible trivia question ... Do you sense that the Lord is about
to use Abigail to remind David that he's acting on his own will
without asking God's counsel first? Though Abigail may not agree with
how her husband responded, she wanted there to be peace. But David
swore that by morning he would destroy Nabal's entire family.
Nabal in the Bible Story Blessing
Now, Abigail follows the caravan of food and drink that she packed up
and meets David and his men. She jumps down off her mule, bows to
David and begs him not to pay any attention to what Nabal said, since
he's a man that lives up to his name. (The name Nabal means
'foolish.' And don't forget that back in those days, the meaning of
your name was a big deal. It was supposed to identify what you would
become or something about the circumstances that were present around
the time of your birth.) She apologizes that she didn't speak to
David's men before Nabal because she certainly would have helped them.
She then not only presents the gift of food that she brought, but in
very eloquent words assures David of the calling that God has given
him and reminds him that the Lord is in control of everything. So,
David sees the foolishness in letting Nabal irritate him to the point
of doing something rash, and he gives it to God.
David says to Abigail, "Blessed be the Lord God that sent you to me
today. Your advice is blessed, as you are blessed. You kept me from
avenging myself without asking the Lord. If you hadn't come quickly
to meet me, I would've destroyed the house of Nabal, and even you
would have never seen another day.
David accepts all the provisions that Abigail brought for them and
says, "You can go home without worry. I believe what you've said and
I won't do your family any harm."
Abigail returns home to find Nabal having a huge feast. He was drunk
and very content, so she waited to speak to him until the morning.
The next morning, after Nabal had sobered up, Abigail told him
everything that had happened and his heart became like a stone. Ten
days later, Nabal died.
When David heard what had happened, he thanked the Lord for avenging
him of Nabal while at the same time, keeping his hands clean.
Nabal Bible Story Tidbit of Truth ... You reap what you sow.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that
shall he also reap.
This Nabal Bible story may raise the question, what made Nabal so evil?
The story doesn't say. It could have been greed. It could have been
selfishness. It could have been jealousy. Who knows ... The Lord
could have created Nabal for the sole purpose of testing David's
resolve. No matter what, it sends a wake up call to those that may
know they have evil and bitterness in their heart that they refuse to
get rid of.
Nabal in the Bible Warning
One little seed of bitterness can grow into something huge ... And
that "something" ended up killing Nabal. Nabal was evil to
everyone, and died because of it. Rid of your life and your heart of
anything you know may be poison for you. Remember, we reap what we
David's servants went to Carmel to take Abigail to be his wife and
she bowed down and said, "Let your handmaid be a servant to wash the
feet of the servants of my lord."
She quickly got on a mule with five of her maids following her,
followed David's messengers back and became his wife. David also took
Ahinoam of Jezreel as his wife.
Nabal Bible Study Summary
Nabal in the Bible Story Conclusion
But Saul had given Michal, his daughter, (and David's wife) to
another man named Paltiel. What does one say about that? Is that the
same Saul that recently admitted that David will indeed be king in
his stead one day and begged him to be merciful to his family?
Interesting Nabal Bible saga, huh? We learned that Nabal in the Bible
made poor choices and that is why David win the battle of wits. God
was on David's side. Be sure to keep God on your side, by making
righteous choices. Hurry back now! More exciting stories in the life
of David to come, right here at Daily Bread!
New Testament Daily Bread
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare