1 SAMUEL 25

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1 Samuel 25

DEALING WITH A FOOL

 

I guarantee that some time in the next month or so, you are going to

deal with a fool.  A fool is not necessarily someone who is stupid,

although he or she can be. A fool, as described by the Bible, is foolish

in the eyes of God.

 

Consider the following verses about fools: Psalm 14:1, Proverbs

10:18, 12:15, 12:16, 13:16, 14:16, 15:5, 17:10, 18:2, 23:9, 28:26,

Ecclesiastes 10:14.

 

It is possible for a fool to provoke you into acting like a fool as

well.

This almost happened to David when he was in contact with Nabal,

whose name means "fool".

 

Tell the story of David, Abigail, and Nabal as found in Vss. 1-24.

We learn the following principles about dealing with a fool in the next

verses:

 

1. RECOGNIZE A FOOL FOR WHAT HE IS Vs. 25

Abigail gives good advice. Don't let his behavior ruin your testimony.

God will judge him (Romans 12:19). He is not worth imitating. God

will take care of you, in spite of his behavior.

 

2. REFRAIN FROM GETTING EVEN Vss. 26-31

Abigail makes it clear it would not be right for David to take matters

into his own hands. Matthew 5:43-48, 7:12, Romans 12:17-21,

Ephesians 12:17-21

 

3. RECEIVE GODLY COUNSEL Vss. 32-35

David accepted the counsel of Abigail.

 

4. REST IN GOD'S ABILITY TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM.

Vss. 36-39

In this case, God chose to completely remove the fool. At other times

he will give you grace to deal with the fool on a regular basis.

Eventually Abigail became David's wife. Vss. 40-42

 

 

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1 Samuel 25

A WISE WOMAN

 

Abigail was married to a fool named Nabal. Nabal foolishly refused to help David and his men who had been very kind to him.  It was her wisdom that saved the day.

 

SHE ACCEPTED GOOD ADVICE - Vss. 14-17

SHE ACTED QUICKLY AND DISCREETLY - Vss. 18-23

SHE APPEALED HUMBLY AND REASONABLY - Vss. 24-31

SHE ACHIEVED PEACE AND POSITION - Vss. 32-35, 39-42

 

 

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