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Abigail: Wisdom Displayed (11 of 18)
Series: Lessons from the Lives of OT Characters
1 Samuel 25:1-35
Christian counselor Gary Collins wrote, ''Anger is an emotional state, experienced at times by everyone, but impossible to define precisely. It occurs in varying degrees of intensity - from mild annoyance to violent rage. It can be hidden and held inwardly or expressed openly.''
Our English word anger comes from the Latin word to trouble. We become angry when we are troubled about something.
1. It could be the death of a loved one.
2. It could be a great disappointment we experienced.
3. It could be that our character or reputation was hurt.
Aristotle the Greek philosopher (300 BC) wrote, ''Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not easy.''
Often we become angry over the wrong thing at the wrong time. The result is that we sin against God and hurt the other person. The story about Nabal and David shows how easy it is to become angry because we feel we have not been respected for who we are.
HARSH REBUKE :1-13 Nabal & Abigail :1-3 The wilderness of Paran was south of the Dead Sea at the border of the Sinai Desert. David went there to be as far away from Saul as he could because Saul was hunting for him.
This man was very wealthy with three thousand sheep and a thousand goats as the average shepherd may have had only one hundred sheep and thirty goats.
Shearing sheep was a time of celebration which took place after they had spent the summer grazing. The wool would have been plucked by hand or with bronze combs. This was the time when the profits from the sheep were distributed to the workers.
Nabal - Heb. fool means senseless or stupid. It is the word used throughout the Proverbs to refer to people who are belligerent, dishonest, obstinate, rude and stupid.
Chuck Swindoll wrote, '' ...
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