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Applications from 1 Kings
1 Kings 1:3
David is near the end of his life. His health is failing and he is cold. His helpers cannot keep him warm so they bring in a young lady to lay with him. This is nothing sexual (4b), her body heat will radiate and warm the old king.
Sometimes in life we’ll have to do unpleasant things.
(Verse 3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.)
Abishag may have been different than most pretty young ladies, but I imagine this was not her first career choice. She didn’t apply for this job. They sought for someone throughout all the coasts. In fact the passage says they, “Brought her…” I “GO” to Krispy Kreme willingly because I want to eat their doughnuts. I am “Brought” to the dentist because I don’t want to go otherwise!
She was a fair maiden. I interpret fair as: pretty, good looking, not ugly, able to attract a man to marry. I interpret maiden as: full of youth but old enough to go out on her own to marry/work.
Sometimes in life we’ll have to do things we don’t want to do. She may or may not have wanted to do this, my guess is she had little choice. If you are going to have to anyway, might as well make the best of it. Although I don’t want to go to the Dentist, I try to make the best of it. I floss, brush, rinse regularly to make the experience as easy as possible. As a child I didn’t always want to do my chores. I learned quickly that there were two ways to handle this. I could just do what was expected of me or I could try to avoid it, get into trouble, and end up doing my chores anyway.
Keep watch for the 4th part of this 4 part post: Do what only a Christian can.
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