A rich farmer lived in a small town in Kansas. He had virtually all his wealth in live stock. He was a mature business man. He also had a good wife.
Over in Nebraska, a prominent preacher told a young man he would be the next president of the U.S.. This young man became a political fugitive. He fled from the law and several other outlaws joined themselves to him. They lived and hid out in the woods and wilderness of Kansas.
One day this young outlaw sent a message to the rich farmer asking for a handout for he and his men. The farmer had heard the claim of the young man to be the next president. When they asked for a handout the farmer denied them saying, there were many outlaws and why should he endanger
himself politically by helping them, since they were all outlaws.
When the men brought this reply to the young man it made him very mad. He swore to kill the farmer, his sons and all his hired hands.
Now, you judge. Was the farmer right or was the young man right?
This same story is told in 1 Sam. 25. David was the young man and Nabal was the farmer. Listen to Nabal's answer to the men who asked for a hand out and see if he was logical.
"And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who is David? And who is the son of Jesse? There are
many servants nowadays who break away, from their masters. Shall I, then, take my bread, and my water,
and my flesh that I have killed for my sharers, and give it unto men, whom I know not from where they are?" (1 Sam. 25:10,11)
So, the story goes on that David was going to kill Nabal and all his men but Nabal's wife gave David what he wanted and so David did not do it. When Nabal found out what his wife had done he had a stroke and died 10 days later.
Oh yes, the young man married the rich farmer's widow, and they lived happily ever after.
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