Friday, April 29, 2016

Omer 2016 Day 7: Abigail

Day 7: Malchut in Chesed, Leadership in Kindness/Mercy
In 1 Samuel 25, soon-to-be-king David meets a wealthy, but "boorish" man named Nabal. David and his army had recently helped two of Nabal's shepherds whom they had come across in the wilderness and, upon returning the shepherds and their flocks safely to Nabal, David asked him for food and supplies to continue their journey. The ungrateful Nabal refused and David and his men set out to kill him. David was talked down from his revenge by the "intelligent and beautiful" Abigail, Nabal's wife, who quickly prepared food, rushed out to stop David, begging him to show mercy on her husband.

How Nabal ever managed to marry a woman as wonderful as Abigail is a mystery, but her quick-thinking leadership, kindness toward David, and plea for mercy saved her husband (temporarily) and won David's respect and love. Nabal died shortly thereafter, freeing Abigail to marry David.