This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (1 Samuel 25) while we focus in on just a few verses.
Background: The first king of the nation of Israel was named Saul. Saul was prideful and when he disobeyed God, God rejected him as king. God then secretly selected a young man named David to be king. He was a man who trusted God and served Him with his whole heart. David became one of Saul’s greatest military leaders and people loved him. But Saul became jealous, so much so, that he plotted to kill David. David fled to the wilderness with 600 trusted men. One day David requested of a wealthy sheepherder, Nabal, whom David had protected, for some provisions for his men. Nabal foolishly rejected David’s request. David was angry and mounted up to kill Nabal and eveyone in his household. When Nabal’s wise wise, Abigail, heard about this, she instantly packed up provisions and set off to give them to David and to plead for their lives.
Ask the children…
How did Abigail plead before David when she met him?
“She fell at his feet and said, ‘I accept all blame in this matter, my lord. Please listen to what I have to say. 25 I know Nabal is a wicked and ill-tempered man; please don’t pay any attention to him. He is a fool, just as his name suggests.’” (1 Samuel 25:24, 25)
How did David respond?
“David replied to Abigail, ‘Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you to meet me today! 33 Thank God for your good sense! Bless you for keeping me from murder and from carrying out vengeance with my own hands.'” (1 Samuel 25:32, 33)
The name Nabal means “fool” in Hebrew. Can you imagine growing up with the name fool. Nabal must have been teased alot. But he was as foolish as his name suggests. Fortunately he had a wise wife. She took the blame for his foolish behavior and saved David from taking vengeance in his own hands.
Incidentally, when Nabel heard about what Abigail did and how she saved his family, he had a stroke and died. After that David asked Abigail to marry him.
Tell your children God has given them many names as His children. Beloved, righteous, sons of God, victorious, light, salt, redeemed, forgiven, and many more. Ask your children how that makes them feel? Pray with them that these names would show through in the way they act and live life.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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