When Faith Meets Folly

SERIES: Flaw LESS by Faith: Walking into The Decade of Destiny


Aim: All of us have flaws!  We are not perfect!  We are not flawless – meaning we do not have flaws.  But we are flaw less – by faith.  After studying this lesson students will see that we have flaws, our spouses have flaws but by faith we can overcome flaws and walk into our decade of destiny.

1 Samuel 25:1-42 (NLT)

1    Now Samuel died, and all Israel gathered for his funeral. They buried him at his house in Ramah. Then David moved down to the wilderness of Maon.

2    There was a wealthy man from Maon who owned property near the town of Carmel. He had 3,000 sheep and 1,000 goats, and it was sheep-shearing time.

3    This man’s name was Nabal, and his wife, Abigail, was a sensible and beautiful woman. But Nabal, a descendant of Caleb, was crude and mean in all his dealings.

4    When David heard that Nabal was shearing his sheep,

5    he sent ten of his young men to Carmel with this message for Nabal:

6    “Peace and prosperity to you, your family, and everything you own!

7    I am told that it is sheep-shearing time. While your shepherds stayed among us near Carmel, we never harmed them, and nothing was ever stolen from them.

8    Ask your own men, and they will tell you this is true. So would you be kind to us, since we have come at a time of celebration? Please share any provisions you might have on hand with us and with your friend David.”

9    David’s young men gave this message to Nabal in David’s name, and they waited for a reply.

I. Request of David

  1. The Reason for it.
  • David had been a wall of protection around them
  • His presence has saved them from thieves
  • He had saved them by his power and presence

2. The Manner of it.

  • They came in the name of their master
  • They came with a message
  • They came in peace – Peace and prosperity. . .
  • to you
  • to your family
  • to everything you own

10  “Who is this fellow David?” Nabal sneered to the young men. “Who does this son of Jesse think he is? There are lots of servants these days who run away from their masters.

11  Should I take my bread and my water and my meat that I’ve slaughtered for my shearers and give it to a band of outlaws who come from who knows where?”

II. Rejection of Nabal

  1. Ill-tempered
  2. Insulting
  • in rejecting the claims of David

3. Ignoramus

  • Fool
  • Foolish
  • Living for self-gratification


1 Samuel 25:36 (NLT) – When Abigail arrived home, she found that Nabal was throwing a big party and was celebrating like a king. He was very drunk. . .

Luke 12:16-20 (NLT)

16  Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a fertile farm that produced fine crops.

17  He said to himself, ‘What should I do? I don’t have room for all my crops.’

18  Then he said, ‘I know! I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. Then I’ll have room enough to store all my wheat and other goods.

19  And I’ll sit back and say to myself, “My friend, you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’ 

20  “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’

4, Insolent

  • Rude
  • Lack respect

12    So David’s young men returned and told him what Nabal had said.

13    “Get your swords!” was David’s reply as he strapped on his own. Then 400 men started off with David, and 200 remained behind to guard their equipment.

III. Reaction of David

  1. Outraged
  2. Outdone

14    Meanwhile, one of Nabal’s servants went to Abigail and told her, “David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master, but he screamed insults at them.

15    These men have been very good to us, and we never suffered any harm from them. Nothing was stolen from us the whole time they were with us.

16    In fact, day and night they were like a wall of protection to us and the sheep.

17    You need to know this and figure out what to do, for there is going to be trouble for our master and his whole family. He’s so ill-tempered that no one can even talk to him!”

18    Abigail wasted no time. She quickly gathered 200 loaves of bread, two wineskins full of wine, five sheep that had been slaughtered, nearly a bushel of roasted grain, 100 clusters of raisins, and 200 fig cakes. She packed them on donkeys

19    and said to her servants, “Go on ahead. I will follow you shortly.” But she didn’t tell her husband Nabal what she was doing.

20    As she was riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, she saw David and his men coming toward her.

21    David had just been saying, “A lot of good it did to help this fellow. We protected his flocks in the wilderness, and nothing he owned was lost or stolen. But he has repaid me evil for good.

22    May God strike me and kill me if even one man of his household is still alive tomorrow morning!”

23    When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed low before him.

24    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. But I never even saw the young men you sent. 

26    “Now, my lord, as surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, since the Lord has kept you from murdering and taking vengeance into your own hands, let all your enemies and those who try to harm you be as cursed as Nabal is.

27    And here is a present that I, your servant, have brought to you and your young men.

28    Please forgive me if I have offended you in any way. The Lord will surely reward you with a lasting dynasty, for you are fighting the Lord’s battles. And you have not done wrong throughout your entire life.

29    “Even when you are chased by those who seek to kill you, your life is safe in the care of the Lord your God, secure in his treasure pouch! But the lives of your enemies will disappear like stones shot from a sling!

30    When the Lord has done all he promised and has made you leader of Israel,

31    don’t let this be a blemish on your record. Then your conscience won’t have to bear the staggering burden of needless bloodshed and vengeance. And when the Lord has done these great things for you, please remember me, your servant!”

32    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.

34    For I swear by the Lord, the God of Israel, who has kept me from hurting you, that if you had not hurried out to meet me, not one of Nabal’s men would still be alive tomorrow morning.”

35    Then David accepted her present and told her, “Return home in peace. I have heard what you said. We will not kill your husband.”

36    When Abigail arrived home, she found that Nabal was throwing a big party and was celebrating like a king. He was very drunk, so she didn’t tell him anything about her meeting with David until dawn the next day.

37    In the morning when Nabal was sober, his wife told him what had happened. As a result he had a stroke, and he lay paralyzed on his bed like a stone.

38    About ten days later, the Lord struck him, and he died.

IV. Rescued by Abigail

  1. She yielded instantly
  • She had brains as well as beauty
  • She had winsomeness and wisdom
  • She had the tact of a wise wife and the religious principle of a good woman.
  • She made haste to meet all the demands of David – this showed her faith! She believed in David.
  1. She pleaded earnestly
  • She pleaded for her foolish husband, whose way was right in his own eyes.
  • She prayed for herself (v. 28)
  1. She testified courageously
  • She was wise enough to wait until the wine was gone out of him.
  • She waited until her husband was sober

V. Results

  1. Nabal – the rejecter was smitten!
  2. Abigail – the believer is exalted!

Progress in The Journey. . .

Christ is in every book of the Bible and every page.  Can you see Him in this story, in this incident?  Can you see yourself?  Do you know a Nabal?  An Abigail? Look at it again. . .then decide on faith or folly!  Abigail was brave enough, and with faith, was willing to take matters into her hands and meet David.

PRAYER PRINCIPLE:                   Ask God to help you will step up to the plate to respond in situations that are a matter of ignorance or injustice.

SOCIAL JUSTICE PRINCIPLE:       Be prepared to stand in the gap for those that are not in a position to do so for themselves do to fault or folly.

EVANGELISM PRINCIPLE:           Share with others how Christ came to stand in our place when it came time to die a sinner’s death.

STEWARDSHIP PRINCIPLE:           Insistent giving helps further causes that would not otherwise get funded.

DISCIPLESHIP PRINCIPLE:              When you feel you have been wronged, hold on reevaluate the situation just in case you are in the wrong; be prepared to beg for forgiveness when necessary.


SERIES:           Flaw LESS by Faith

NEXT WEEK’S READING ASSIGNMENT:  Genesis 29:15-35; Job 4:8; Jeremiah 12:13; Galatians 6:7; Psalm 7:15-16; Genesis 30:1-13; Matthew 1:1; Luke 3:34

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