Meta. The Abinadab spoken of in I Samuel 7:1 and II Samuel 6:3, 4 represents the realm of unlimited mind. It was in his house, "in the hill" (superconsciousness), that the Ark of the Covenant was kept for many years.
Abinadab, brother of David (I Sam. 16:8), represents an extreme in consciousness. He stands for very high aspirations (my father is noble). High aspirations alone, however, do not fit one for kingship. David's faithful service in the humble walks of life seems to have been an important factor in preparing him for his greater ministry. "He that is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much" (Luke 16:10).
Abinadab, son of Saul (I Sam. 31:2), represents a phase of the physical will in its control of body. Abinadab and his brothers met death in battle, at the hands of the Philistines; their father, Saul, died by his own hand in the same battle, to avoid being captured. This incident symbolizes the dissolution of the whole organism, the result of disobedience to the Lord, or law of Being.