Daily D – 1 Samuel 25:3
1 Samuel 25:3
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. (NLT)
Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was **harsh and badly behaved**; he was a Calebite. (ESV)
The man’s name was Nabal, and his wife’s name, Abigail. The woman was intelligent and beautiful, but the man, a Calebite, was **harsh and evil** in his dealings. (CSB)
His name was Nabal and his wife’s name was Abigail. She was an intelligent and beautiful woman, but her husband was **surly and mean** in his dealings—he was a Calebite. (NIV)
Some people live down to their bad names. Some people live up to their good names. How will people remember your name?
A young woman named Martha helped me finish my business at the optometrist’s office recently. Martha is a name that is not as common as it once was. For her, it is a family name. Her family took the little they had a couple of generations ago and turned it into a business that provided well for their family and employed many others. Martha was one of this young woman’s family members whose life honored God and blessed others. This name is a name to live up to.
Nabal means Fool. The Bible translations above tell us how he lived down to his name. He was “crude and mean,” “harsh and badly behaved,” “harsh and evil,” and “surly and mean.”
He sounds like a really fun guy.
Abigail means My Father’s Joy. The translations above call her “sensible and beautiful,” “discerning and beautiful,” and “intelligent and beautiful.”
Who wouldn’t want her around?
Abby saved her stupid husband’s life. He didn’t care. He had a stroke and died. As an old deacon once told me, “Some people would complain if you hung ‘em with a new rope.”
It’s Monday morning. Let’s keep things simple. Compare and contrast Nabby and Abby. Don’t be like that guy. Do be like that woman.
You’re going to meet some crabby people today. As far as it depends on you, save them from themselves.
You’re going to meet some delightful people today. As far as it depends on you, empower them to bless others.
I will live up to my name.
Our Father, empower us to live our lives in such a manner that everyone who knows us remembers our names fondly. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.
Psalm 52:8, 9 ”But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.“