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

* Blessed God, may all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You!

“David also strapped on his sword.”

The wrath of a king!

Consider the character of David the almost-future king.

Strong and blazing is his wrath. But too, he is able to show mercy, and even repentance at foolishly-made vows.

Consider the character of Nabal, the one the king is angry toward.

A worthless man, full of spite and anger.

We can then turn and consider Jesus.

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

The suffering servant of Isaiah says in Isaiah 63,

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

And a little further,

“I trampled down the people3s 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 on the white horse named Faithful and True, will tread the winepress of the fury of th4e wrath of the God the Almighty.

In Jesus we see the character of a king.

What else have we to do but to throw ourselves on His mercy and in turn tell people about Him, their need for Him!

Because if we are not found in Him when He returns, then His wrath is what we face.

* God Almighty,

May we see Jesus today, and may those around us know Him, and escape from Your just wrath at our sin.


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