Married to a fool.

1 Samuel 25:1 recorded the death of Samuel. While David was in the southern regions of Judah, his elderly friend and spiritual mentor, Samuel, died. The prophet’s death meant the loss of a national treasure and marked the end of an era in Israelite history. Appropriately, “all Israel”—perhaps including David and his men—“assembled and mourned for him.” Samuel was given an honorable burial in his house “in Ramah.” 

Then in 1 Samuel 25:2–44, we read about an odd story how the the Lord sent a very wise woman to interrupt David from committing a grievous sin against a wealthy fool named Nabal.

In 1 Samuel 25:2–8, we see dwelling in the region of Maon was Nabal, a “very wealthy” (v. 2) Calebite. As the incident opened, he had his animals moved about a mile north of Maon to Carmel, a site previously mentioned in connection with a monument Saul built to himself (cf. 15:12). There he was shearing his sheep, a process that may be carried out twice annually, in the spring and early fall.

Nabal, whose name means “foolish,” was a member of the Calebite clan. A Calebite  was an esteemed family in Judah that was apparently responsible for the founding of David’s hometown of Bethlehem. Nabal was certainly one of David’s kinsmen. David an his men worked for Nabal and had not been compensated.

However, Nabal was not an honorable man, being “hard and evil in his dealings.” Nabal’s wife was Abigail, one who was both “intelligent and beautiful.” 

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About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 23 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.


  1. Darlene Taylor July 23, 2018 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Would you send me the passages from Psalms you referenced on the July 22 sermon? I would really appreciate it. Thank you for your time.
    Darlene Taylor

    • Pastor Dr. Phil Sallee July 25, 2018 at 1:26 pm - Reply

      Sure can Darlene!

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