Two Women: One Wise; One Foolish

By Scarlett Stough

Making a choice involving family and loyalties can be difficult. Two women made two different decisions in regard to their loyalty to their husbands. One woman lived and saved others; the other woman died. We can learn from both women.

Sapphira was married to a man named Ananias (Acts 5:1-11). The two of them hatched a plot to make themselves look good to others by deception. Ananias sold some property and, like so many others of these early days of the church, brought a gift to be shared with those who were poor. The deception involved telling the apostles they were giving the whole price of the property when they only gave a portion. They could have given a portion openly; or they could have kept the money because it belonged to them. But they wanted the admiration of others without parting with their wealth. They thought they were lying to men to gain position, but God made clear He was listening. Ananias dropped dead in the middle of his lie.

Sapphira came later, not knowing what had happened to her husband. She was given a chance to speak the truth, but she chose to continue the lie. She dropped dead, too. She could have told the truth and lived. She could have put her faith in God and not in her wealth and position.

Abigail was married to a man named Nabal which means "fool." She was "intelligent and beautiful" while her husband was "mean and surly." She was used to cleaning up his messes through the years. On one occasion Nabal insulted the wrong person putting the entire family and staff at risk of death. As soon as she discovered what he had done, "Abigail lost no time." She immediately set out to save them all. The account can be read in 1 Samuel 25. She acted with courage and wisdom.

We all are accountable to God. Each one of us must consider what is right and what is wrong and act accordingly. Jesus taught, "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money (Matthew 6:24)."

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