Picture this: you just found out that jerk of a husband mouthed off at the warrior king who now is going to take his armies and destroy your land and every living thing on it. Gulp. Poor Abigail was stuck in this situation – but she didn’t idly stand by sulking and awaiting her doom. She took matters into her own hands. Not knowing if King David would listen to her or kill her (or if her awful husband would find out and stop her/kill her, he was a big jerk), Abigail prepared a large peace offering and went to David’s camp by herself to fix the problem. In humility, she begged for the lives of her household, taking the blame of her husband’s insult upon her own shoulders. David’s heart was softened and he spared their lives – all because Abigail chose to take action. She is and Old Testament type for Christ, and a great example of what can happen when we use our agency to act and not be acted upon.
This was a woman of faith and action. In the first century, those with her kind of blood condition were ostracized and considered unclean. For 12 years, she did everything she could to find healing, paying various physicians until her money ran out, but to no avail. She was forced to live on the streets and beg. Then she overheard that the Healer Messiah was coming down her street. Now, when we see video depictions of this New Testament tale, we often see the woman sitting idly at the side of the road who just reaches out and lightly touches Jesus’ robes. The Mark account tells us otherwise. Knowing full well how she could be harshly punished for going into a crowd, let alone purposefully touching people in her uncleanliness, she forced her way through the mob, reached, and just grazed the hem of Christ’s robe as she fell to the ground. Because of her act of faith, she was instantly healed. She chose to believe in Christ’s power. She acted, even though the stakes were high. And because she did, she was made whole. Let’s take a note from this woman – we must take faithful action if we wish to see results. When we do, God will make up the rest.