1 Samuel 25-27
Samuel finally dies at the beginning of the chapter, and his death only merits one verse. Kind of weird, especially since his farewell speech was way back in chapter 12. Anyway, the rest of the chapter is devoted to the story of Nabal and his wife Abigail. I don’t know what to make of it. Is Nabal really a nasty man who withholds hospitality and reneges on debts? Or is David just trying to extort goods and services with threats? I couldn’t decide after reading it who was in the right here. Moving right along, it takes a woman (Abigail) to save the day and prevent bloodshed. Now read verses 40-44 in the context of ‘biblical marriage’ and ‘family values’. Huh.
If you are reading a modern translation you will miss the wonderful figure of speech ‘pisseth against a wall’ in verse 22. It refers to men – because women don’t pee standing up, see?
Saul and David are still playing cat and mouse. David again passes on the chance to kill Saul when he catches him, and Saul once again promises to quit chasing David. I think I’ve seen more exciting episodes of Sylvester and Tweetie.
David shows just how conniving he is, by turning sides and taking his family to live among the Philistines. WTF? He’s been killing the Philistines for the last umpteen chapters! Now he’s joining their armies to wipe out the neighbors.
“David did not leave one person alive in the villages he attacked. He took the sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys, camels, and clothing before returning home” (v 9). I just don’t get why Christians are so proud of Jesus being descended from David. It’s in Christmas carols: “To you in David’s town this day is born of David’s line, A Saviour who is Christ the Lord….” Why is David such a role model, and why is he so revered???? Haven’t people read this book?