Samuel dies. David moves to Nabal's territory in Carmel. He and his men protect Nabal from Philistine raiders (25:15-16). He asks Nabal for a little something at a sheep-shearing festival, but Nabal calls him a rebel and wonders why he should give David anything. David goes to attack him. But Nabal's men warn his wife Abigail what happened. She gets a bunch of food ready for David and intercepts him. She petitions wisely and successfully, and David blesses her. She tells Nabal the next morning, and God strikes him dead. David takes her as his wife.
David spares Saul again. Saul acknowledges it even more than before, blessing David.
David goes to the Philistines for refuge. They accept him now, seeing how much Saul hates him. David keeps his distance from King Achish, though, and raids Israel's enemies, not Philistia's.
How this is about Jesus
He used his strength to protect Israel through teaching and miracles.
He was supported by faithful women (Luke 8:1-3).
God built up His ministry through these things, as he built David's house, before his sacrifice, ascension and coronation.
- Like with David, allegiance to Jesus takes precedence over any other loyalty, including a marriage. Abigail calls her husband a worthless fellow to David, because of his rejection of the King of Israel.
- Don't try to get something for nothing, like Nabal.
- Diplomacy can go a long way to cooling tempers. A soft answer turns away wrath.