August 16, Reading 1 – 1 Samuel 25

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SAA Notes

Abigail’s prompt wisdom saves her husband and his workers. Abigail is an example of faith in action. She is like the Israelite midwives in Egypt – she saved lives. Her words also kept David from the stain of vengeance and bloodshed, from bloodguilt.

SJA Notes

The wrath of a king!

Consider the character of David the (almost, future) king. Strong and blazing is his wrath. But too, he is not without mercy and even repenting of foolish vows he has made.

Consider the character of Nabal, the one the king is angry toward. A worthless man, full of spite and anger. In Revelation 21 we read,

“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

As we always need to do, we can then turn and consider Jesus.

When He returns again, it will be as a conquering King, and wrath will come upon His enemies.

The suffering servant of Isaiah (which confounded the disciples) says in (Isaiah) 63:3,

“I trod them in my anger and trampled them in my wrath;”

And in verse 6,

“I trampled down the peoples in my anger; I made them drunk in my wrath, and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”

This is the wrath of the King of kings.

We are told in Revelation 19 that Jesus (the rider named Faithful and True on the white horse) will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.

In Jesus we see the character of a king. His wrath to be poured out on His enemies.

Alongside this, we see that He is the mediator between God and men (1 Timothy 2:5), like Abigail between David and Nabal and his people. He took on the punishment that was ours to bring us back to God!

And still more, Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, right now, interceding for us! (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25)

Jesus is the king who treads the winepress of fury AND the full-of-mercy mediator AND our continual intercessor.

What a King we have in Jesus, what a Lord we see in Him!

* God Almighty,

Thank You for rescuing us from Your just and righteous wrath.

Please give us a heart for the lost, to point them to You.

Lord may they see Jesus, and escape from Your wrath.

Amen.

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