Let me read to you some different versions of this passage. 2 0 obj Because it seems like David never gave that type of love to Michal, eventually over time she went from being in love with him to despising him. been promised Sauls daughter, Merab, as a reward for killing the giant. After Sauls death, when it is politically expedient, David demands the return of his wife in his negotiations over the kingship(1 Samuel 3). Not only are these evident in marriages, but they are evident In one instance Saul tried to kill David and Michal warned David and helped him escape from Saul. His next move is to go home and bless his household. Only be valiant for me and fight the LORD's battles." For Saul thought, "Let not my hand be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him." And David said to Saul, "Who am I, and who are my relatives, my father's clan in Israel, that I should . Who are the lowly in your life? In fact, he brings double. Exploring the lives of people in the Bible is this type of learning lessonthe best type. Perfect love casts out fear. But stop for a minute. saying that so much thunder could only produce rain! occurs. His expectations must have been high but they were about to be His heart yearns to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. The Cross And Unjust Suffering (1 Peter 2:19-25), Women of Influence Surrounding the Life of David, In the Bible we first meet David when the Lord sends the prophet Samuel on a mission to find and. What Does It Mean? One of the reasons we need to study these women is so that we may more fully understand holistically the man David, and his life: both personal and professional. This was a big party. desert wilderness crosses multiple battlefields and eventually returns He was not the kind of father to nurture his child in building a relationship with God. Somehow, she went from being described as Davids wife to being described as the daughter of Saul, and there was no mention of her being in love with David. We are told in Hebrews 11:23 that Moses was hidden by his parents because they saw he was a beautiful child. Three women are Davids wives and one is not a wife, not a concubine but she is invaluable to David. 1SA 18:17 "Saul said to David, 'Here is my older daughter Merab. After he flees Sauls court, David has two secret meetings with Jonathan, but none with Michal. Last week during our small group time as we were going over a selected passage and I asked the question What makes us unique as Christians from the rest of the world? Immediately, one in the group said Christians love their enemies. That felt like a thunderbolt to me as this was said by, not an enemy, but one Ive found challenging to love. 7. After enumerating Nabal's enormous wealth in flocks (1 Sam 25:2), the narrative introduces her in contrast to him. fuj0d{-xvRqX"Uh4u[a$YsH>AZwpB)TRxH :w"~UTl?n [I];A0y;pLy+(:U6.jYM]fS} kkN]K^k_js1_>!1H+!:+^z 2023 Insight for Living Ministries. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart. Copyright 2023, Bible Study Tools. A reference is made to her having Are Dreams and Visions Messages from God? She was taken! David ended with a godly blessing for all the people, sent them away with take home boxes of more food. He proves himself worthy of her hand by paying a dowry of 100 Philistine foreskins. 2 Samuel 6:23 And Michal, the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death. Love with my love. I realized that somehow, loving this particular person fits into Gods eternal purposes for me, and maybe for them too. Though very little was said about Jochebed in the Bible, we can learn a few things from a character study of Jochebed. Saul doesnt want foreskins; he wants David dead. Sign up to receive e-mail from Insight for Living Ministries. I grew sick of the way I would use words to hurt him and others. Davids behaviour certainly doesnt imply he was worthy. and unconcerned behavior only further irritated her. information to plot Davids death. Saul is initially impressed with Davids skill so he says David you are going into the army soldier! It starts as a fairytale romance. own heart. She and David ceased living as husband and wife. sarcasm is tragic when it appears in any relationship! }GBu$*,H H*RAh#c*"!klwGIHNTIc5p;x 'P.zV5 8h.Cx'UdEW'$f~RqB`Y(;/+Mh7Y}(&6 Remember Michals upbringing was under Saul. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in Gods likeness. The deal gets done. Think parade, think big parade, think of Macys Thanksgiving Parade. imagine how David felt as he waited for Michal? Michal must have been in a very uncomfortable position, stuck between her husband and her father. But Michelangelo saw something in that rock; by 1504 he had taken that rough piece of stone and transformed it into a masterpiece called David. This was about the way she had been treated. 5e&kkq\mS\L7lI!P;|}F@;rT.x .QyAmogC`g*N."#^*PS`w[h4( QbfNpmE9a #ic-WE.R:*R4+;Lv"fSv:@:OLy3%x=/]W?]ks9hJ$(`7GFco5b!cIH>0mCYfw`!O/! This book will teach you how to put the pieces together so you can live a victorious Christian life and finally become the man or woman of God that you truly desire to be. Michals life is a contrast between loving someone so much that you risked your life to protect them and then later in life despising them so much you try to destroy them with your critical words. connected to our faith. was no national concern for God (1 Chron 13:3). a. Love is not just about what you say with your mouth, but more importantly about what you do with your actions. Her rebuke, accusing him of sexual vulgarity, gives vent to her anger over his treatment of her (it also isolates her from David and from the servant women she speaks of as witnessing his cavorting). However, Saul is not going to give up without a fight and a plan. During those wilderness years, David meets our second woman of influence, Abigail, the wife of Nabal. Think for a moment how critical affection is for a marriage. She seems to be more concerned that he wasnt acting like a King; he wasnt acting like her father. it a spot on todays best seller list. Sheffield, England: 1991. from the capitol. Tissot Michal Watching David from a Window,18961902, byJames Tissot. My tongue. Jewish Women's Archive. happened because one loved God and the other loved the world. . Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2014. Failing to kill him personally, Saul laid a trap to ambush during the separation. This is part of the reason that the ultimate redeemer of the Jewish people and the world will descend from Davids line- he will be Messiah son of David.2. In the Bible we first meet David when the Lord sends the prophet Samuel on a mission to find and anoint Saul's replacement as King of Israel due to Saul's rebellious heart and sin. It seemed to be what David wanted too. 13 feet tall, this larger-than-life physical size was intended to capture Davids colossal spiritual strength. After Saul was killed, his throne was passed on to his surviving during this period. I have come to care deeply for these women who influenced Davids life and I look forward to meeting each of them; there must be so much more to their stories. RtmbNsR `LB@_y4sP f{6JyQT%ku .>"N_LLyzxiV|BO&@VuJl6%xba5 DTi`&j+J XmeV2jBs\dTf5py? {!8MG6V,eUu+`N(@`UbQfx affection is being replaced by unforgiveness, self-centeredness, pride, Marriages that dont operate in this fashion are highly likely to fail. have been possible but love was not enthroned in its rightful place and What Kind of Friend Was the Apostle Paul? Is it possible she was angry because she was no longer the wife of Paltiel? an idol and claiming it was David sick in bed. The statue of David by Michelangelo was on loan from Florence, Italy. As we mentioned earlier, even when David requested her back, it doesnt seem to come from a sense of love for her but because he had paid a price to get her. David then returns and sends for Michal. I didnt see that my words were unkind or cruel. How can affection be nurtured in a marriage? five sons (2 Sa 21:8) but these were probably Merabs, not Michals. separation. It is this same failing that is responsible for many marriages So, during the years David was fleeing King Saul, Michal had been given to another man. What is fascinating about the story of Michal is that we are certain that she was in love with David because the Bible tell us. Abigail stands out for a number of reasons. Michals love for David was used by her father King Saul, to get rid of David. Some versions of the Bible say she looked at him with scorn. Its in the seemingly little acts, that we too can change our world. He took Jerusalem from the Jebusites by force and made it his capital (2 Samuel 5:1-16). Lets set the context of our story. met and married. Bitterness corrupts how you see others. Much of Micahs book revolves around two significant predictions: one of judgment on Israel and Judah (Micah 1:13:12), the other of the restoration of Gods people in the millennial kingdom (4:15:15). Here are these lessons! Understanding in Hebrew means: "Michal: Bible." They abandon us so we find worshiping impossible. The book of Micah provides one of the most significant prophecies of Jesus Christ's birth in all the Old Testament, pointing some seven hundred years before Christ's birth to His birthplace of Bethlehem and to His eternal nature ( Micah 5:2 ). 2 Samuel 3:13-14 Good, said David. % So, my patient, exasperated at times, husband would often say Do you hear what you just said? Are you listening to your words? Which would most times make me mad and then I would shut down and quit talking to him, you know that silent treatment! Michal is Saul's daughter that married David, and Jonathan is his son. Saul seized upon this Marriage is a lifetime of giving and receiving love, over and over again. There are many different ways to display this, which is a topic for another article, but I think the lesson we can learn from Michal shows us if this is not done, then love can dissipate over time. The David stories alternate between a presentation of the private man and the public figure, so that in the end family affairs and affairs of state are intermingled, each having an effect (influence) upon the other.3 Adele Berlin. The ark symbolised Gods presence in the midst of Israel. The Cross And Separation From The World (1 Peter 4:1-6), 7. Either way she is a vital part of Davids story; she is an important influence in his life. When Saul realized that the Lord was with David and that his daughter Michal loved David, Saul became still more afraid of him, and he remained his enemy the rest of his days (1 Samuel 18:28-29). James 3:1-10 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. with his first love, with the woman who had protected him in spite of personal What has happened? She was the youngest daughter of King Saul, and she was also Davids wife, then she wasnt and then she was again. Michal is on her way back to David. This little escape saved the lineage of the Messiah. But David then abandoned Michal. King Saul in the Historiography of Judah. We know she had previously been in love with him. Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women. Between Michal and RachelReflection of Misery. In Beit Mikra: Journal for the Study of the Bible and its World 48, 289-301. For eight to ten years the lovers What I interpreted that to mean for me was being good really meant you should be perfect. is the strongest term in Hebrew that expresses contempt toward another. Now she was one of many wives. . Did she miss David? Gd dispatched the prophet Samuel to Jesse 's house to anoint one of his sons future king of Israel. But we do know God was using her to accomplish His plans. Saul uses Michal again. But there is more to the narrative that culminates in Michals rejection of David. Let the Philistines do that!, Saul was hoping the Philistines would kill David and that would be the end of it. You may have had or currently have a difficult father-in-law or mother-in-law, but this is the extreme: to have your father-in-law want to kill you. Saul that his younger daughter, Michal, loved David. Consider the various lessons we can learn from Jonathan's life . Such Surrounding Micahs prophecy of Jesuss birth is one of the most lucid pictures of the worlds future under the reign of the Prince of Peace (5:5). Or at church? Women of Influence can affect their world, their loved ones, their neighbors, their workplace for good or bad. The story continues as David flees and escapes into the wilderness, Michal does not see him again for many years. There is no clear reason why she despised him, so I would like to offer a possibility. him were sarcastic. Psalm 139 tells us that we have been uniquely created as human beings. Chuck has a way of saying it the way it is! 2. When Saul discovered that Michal was in love with David, he offered her to David, but only after David delivered 100 Philistine foreskins. It is interesting to see the change that has taken place in Michal. Life lessons from Michal Various Scriptures "ut as the Ark of the Lord entered the ity of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. on the Lord as his only source of salvation and mercy (7:7), pointing the people toward an everlasting hope in their everlasting God. Includes cross references, discussion questions, verse by verse commentary, outline, and applications for small groups. Her bitterness became her barrenness: 2 Samuel 6:23 says, And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death. I believe Gods word includes this information to show us the sad end of a bitter heart. Two young lovers, multiple conflicts, People mistreat us so we turn our backs on Christ. 4. Her desire was for prestige not holiness; for idolatry not true We see two parallel truths: Truth: Love protects and love defends even at personal risk. Who Is Anointed By God? David pays double the bride price, and Michal becomes his wife. The Marital Separation This romance ends in disaster. In Judah at this time, good kings and evil kings alternated with each other, a pattern seen in the reigns of Jotham (good, 2 Kings 15:3234); Ahaz (evil, 2 Kings 16:14); and Hezekiah (good, 2 Kings 18:17). After Michals brother Ish-bosheth is assassinated (II Samuel 4:6), David, who is 33 years old, becomes King over all Israel and captures Jerusalem for his capital city. 2 We all stumble in many ways. In 734-732 b.c. to another man as his wife (2 Sa 3:13-16). Lets remember how we need to not only start well, but also finish well for the Kingdom. I cant say this definitively, but it is food for thought. Michal, daughter of Saul: Midrash and Aggadah, Biblical Women in World and Hebrew Literature, Concubine of a Levite: Midrash and Aggadah, The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women, Copyright 19982023, Jewish Women's Archive. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him." -2 Samuel 6:16 3 See how they lie in wait for me! David was willing to do anything to Nothing really, he was covered, in a linen ephod, but he was not in his kingly robes and he was dancing in the streets. He was pleased because he saw it as an opportunity to possibly kill David. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David. Before he could get the blessing out, she vehemently scolded him. It touched me, so I would recommend it to anyone. Klein, Lillian R. Michal, the Barren Wife. In A Feminist Companion to Samuel and Kings, second series, edited by Athalya Brenner, 37-46. Cambridge: 1992. She was used by her paranoid father, King Saul (1 Sam 18:20). He alone is able to bring joy from suffering, hope from affliction, and life from death. They first met soon after Goliath had been killed. Some commentators take the presence of teraphim as a sign that Michal holds to false religious beliefs, but it should be noted that the teraphim are in Davids house. Although the statement that Michal loves David is the only time a woman is described as loving a man in the Bible, Michals stories are defined by the desires of the men around her, whether David or Saul. two were the same outwardly, they had drastically different values and <>/ExtGState<>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 595.2 841.92] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> It is only in worship that we can forget ourselves and focus on our Saviour. Saul sent men to Davids house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. But skip ahead two decades and Michal despises David in her heart. It was hard for David too. This romantic tale is filled with details that would assure it a spot on today's best seller list. Its that cover-up that becomes a breaking point in Davids life. humility and pious enthusiasm as he joined with Israel to celebrate (2 2 Samuel 21:8. Seeman, Don. took the place of affection. Her bitterness blocked her blessing: 2 Sam 6:20 says, And David returned to bless his household. All the years apart and she does not know how many times God saved David. site by Mere, 5 Rotten Cores in the Plastic-Fruit Gospel, Were on Our Knees. differences were not that noticeable as they were dating, and planning Friday, July 20, 2018. What I simply mean by this is not that you neglect or stop loving your father or mother, but your hierarchy of importance changes. David has already been dodging Sauls spear but as time progresses there is an outright contract on his life and he is in danger. Two young lovers, multiple conflicts, intrigue, emotional peaks and valleys, danger, etc., all are a part of this narrative. If you remember when Goliath was threatening Israel, Saul offered his daughter in addition to great wealth and a tax break as the reward for killing Goliath. One of the most important things that must be done in marriage is that a spouse must realign their allegiance. Michal, the princess, is in love with David, the dashing commoner. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Lockyer's All the Women of the Bible - Michal . warring parties (King Sauls troops and Davids troops) were united (2 The love story of David and Michal, the daughter of Saul, a 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. Its at the end of his life that we meet the fourth woman, Abishag. I will make an agreement with you. ( See 2 Sam 3:2-5 chart in the handout). of this escape in Psalm 59. Basic Books, 2011. ben Ayun, Chaya. For her tragic story is not unlike many of our own. VxI@h=\* @~i:_%+z B)_ Truth: Our words have the power to help or harm. After ten long years This scene of What a fascinating story, filled with intrigue and suspense. The Cross And Our Response to Trials (1 Peter 4:12-19), 8. This wasnt about Davids worship. The marriage duet ends in a duel of bitter words. So the king did not let them hurt Mephi worship. As you do this, that love continues to grow, helping you not just to start out in love but to stay in love throughout the years till death do you part. The once-tender relationship was He repented. I cant imagine how painful her words felt to him at this moment. If compromise is not made then alienation remained separated. David had that Satan needs only one fault and he will use that as a crack through Nevertheless, David succeeded in this process, and he and Michal were married. These had seemed so small and insignificant. no restraints of conscience. I will make an agreement with you. Copyright 1999 by John king to betray his promise and Merab was given to another. Sa 2:12ff). Then Michal took an idol and laid it on the bed, covering it with a garment and putting some goats hair at the head (1 Samuel 19:11-13). return of Michal to him (2 Sa 3:13). these had become concrete during the ten year period of separation. Davids father-in-law was his enemy. religious zeal was dead. The Pursuit of Victory: How To Conquer Your Greatest Challenges and Win In Your Christian Life. David is made King of Judah for 7 years while Michals brother, Sauls son, Ish-bosheth is King in Israel. Michal, the princess, is in love with David, the dashing commoner. David was on the run from Saul and while he was on the run here is what happened to Michal. Her bitterness despised anothers overflowing joy: How she loathed her husbands dancing. The two . a. Is it any wonder that she looked at David and despised him (2 Samuel 6:16)? If there is only one lesson we can learn from Michal in the Bible, it is that true love is demonstrated by your actions. The reunion of David and Michal occurred after King Sauls death. 10 Dr. Thomas Constable, Constables Notes, NET Bible Study Suite www.NetBible.org. Just as it took years to chisel away at the rough edges of the marble to smooth the sculptures surface to perfection, there were also years of refining, testing, training for the man of God to be Gods King of Israel and our women of influence were part of Gods plan for David. How would you have felt? Not just love that is received, but also love that is given. <> 2. In ten beautifully produced lessons, Parousia: The Bible and the Mass answers these questions and more. Ephesians 2:10 says we have been uniquely re-created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us. If we are going to sum up the lessons we can learn from Michal, I think it is clear to see how important a role love plays in a marital relationship. Discover more resources related to Micah. This The book of Micah provides one of the most significant prophecies of Jesus Christs birth in all the Old Testament, pointing some seven hundred years before Christs birth to His birthplace of Bethlehem and to His eternal nature (Micah 5:2). That night David made good his escape.11 Saul sent men to Davids house to watch it and to kill him in the morning. Why Does God Compare Our Relationship with Him to That of a Bride and Groom? Dwelling in a largely agricultural part of the country, Micah lived outside the governmental centers of power in his nation, leading to his strong concern for the lowly and less fortunate of societythe lame, the outcasts, and the afflicted (Micah 4:6). Michals husband Paltiel is grief-stricken, but of Michals feelings we hear nothing until2 Samuel 6, where she watches David dancing before the ark and despise[s] him in her heart (v. 16). separation! Thinking of your own life, in what ways do you see God using you for His purposes? Its evident from the text that Saul was both mentally and emotionally unstable. Store; Bibles; Deals; More; As low as $2.92/mo. She has not been a part of the victories David accumulated from his reliance on God. Photo credit: Getty Images/ProstockStudio. All would do well to remember this story and how This is such a critical lesson we can learn from Michal. Let us know. alienation. Without this knowledge, Michal was never going to understand the significance of the Ark or the momentous celebration it inspired. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. So, what is the lesson we can learn from Michal in this aspect of her life? In David she had loved the a) She became David's wife (1SA 18:27). Even after they married, Saul tried to kill David. a3&"<>iL d_iPp\YUj[) _z#=K.eW=C[x\$?qM7%+@i;icNh~ 6~ |6z^%_ d\/ :W {R>iWSL 0\!p;M)n.=Zg0>BAp#3 bHA6cHX;Bg`*nUv#mg)` David has killed Goliath, thats what everyone is talking about; this young, good-looking guy. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of ones life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. 21 I will give her to him, he thought, so that she may be a snare to him and so that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. So, Saul said to David, Now you have a second opportunity to become my son-in-law.. While David was playing the lyre, 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall.

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