David, Nabal, and Abigail: Character Study, Part 2

In my last post, I began an in-depth study of David, Nabal, and Abigail. The story is found in 1 Samuel 25. To summarize so far, David had been protecting the flocks of a rich sheep and goat herder named Nabal (which, not coincidentally, means “Fool”). He asked for some food for his men in accordance with hospitality customs of the time. Nabal not only refused but answered so rudely David became enraged. He ordered 400 of his men to come with him, raid Nabal’s property, and kill every male of his household. I left by saying, while this was not David’s normal way of…