King David grew old and sickly and suffered from chills that couldn’t be warmed by merely piling on blankets. His physicians prescribed a treatment that to us sounds strange, but was an accepted medical practice at the time.

The doctors said to find a young virgin to care for the king and to lie in bed with him to keep him warm. The belief at the time was that the vitality and warmth of the youth would pass on to the elderly.

1 Kings 1:3 says that they searched throughout all the territory of Israel to find the right woman.

The beautiful Abishag from the city of Shunem was chosen for the job.

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Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. She's been recognized with dozens of film accolades including the “Shibboleth Award for Visionary Leadership in the Field of Christian Filmmaking”, four ICVM Crown Awards and many Best Director, Best Writer, and Best of Show awards.