People of Faith (Abigail & Mary)

We have looked at several people, men and women, who have had their opportunity in the faith spotlight. They have taken a situation that seemed hopeless and had faith in God. We are going to look at a few more examples of faith that serve as a reminder that God can do anything. 

In the Old Testament, there was a woman named Abigail who was the wife of a stubborn man. In 1 Samuel 25, David needs a place to stay and food to eat for him and his men. He sends messengers to a man named Nabal who refuses to help David. David is enraged at the audacity of Nabal and threatens to kill Nabal and all men in his household. This is where Abigail comes in. 

Abigail realizes that this situation is going to end in the death of her husband and family. A servant tells her all that is happening and look at her response in verse 18. 

1 Samuel 25:18, “Abigail wasted no time.” She did not waste time and procrastinate. She gathers almost a peace offering from Nabal’s wealth to take to David. She comes to him and intercedes for her husband. She takes the blame and tells David that her husband is a fool (as his name suggests) and asks for forgiveness and gives a blessing to the king. She pleads for him not to kill her husband and household. 

David praises Abigail for her wisdom and hurriedness in the matter. If she had, David would have continued with the slaughter. Abigail was like an intercessor for Nabal, one who went on his behalf. Just as Hebrews 7:25 says that Jesus is an intercessor for us, Abigail acted as one for her husband. It was her faith in God and her tactfulness that led to the safety of herself and family. 

While Jesus was getting ready to be betrayed and killed, there’s an event that takes place that some might remember but nonetheless all should know. While in the town of Bethany, Jesus is at a leper’s house when a woman comes and pours perfume on his head. This was expensive perfume and the disciples can’t believe what a waste this was. But Jesus thinks differently. 

Jesus responds, “She has done a good thing to Me” (Matthew 26:10). Jesus approves of this gesture but the question remains as to why she did it. Jesus also answers this question for us. He says, “She put this perfume on My body to make it ready for the grave.” Perhaps she didn’t know what was about to take place with Jesus on the cross. However, she ultimately prepared Jesus’ body for burial. She gives up an expensive perfume jar for the sake of Jesus because he is going to take away the sins of the world and she has that faith in him. 

Then Jesus says this of her, “wherever this Good News is preached in all the world, this woman will be remembered for what she has done.” (Matthew 26:13). Jesus wanted everyone to know what this woman had done and wanted her to be remembered. Her faith and loyalty to Jesus went far above her financial means or status. With our faith,  Jesus should take the highest priority in our lives as well. 

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