Before It Destroys Us

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1 Chronicles 13-15; John 7:1-27

25 Then David, along with Israel’s elders and the captains of the thousands, went with rejoicing to bring up the chest containing the Lord’s covenant from Obed-edom’s house. 26 Since God had helped the Levites who were carrying the chest containing the Lord’s covenant, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27 David wore a fine-linen robe, as did the singers, all the Levites who were carrying the chest, and Chenaniah, the leader of transportation. David also wore a linen priestly vest. 28 So all Israel brought up the chest containing the Lord’s covenant with shouts of joy, accompanied by the blast of the ram’s horn, by trumpets and cymbals, and playing on harps and lyres. 29 As the chest containing the Lord’s covenant entered David’s City, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked out the window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing, she lost all respect for him (1 Chronicles 15:25-29, Common English Bible).

16 As the Ark of the Lord came into the city, Saul’s daughter Michal looked out the window. When she saw David jumping and dancing in the presence of the Lord, she hated him.
23 And Saul’s daughter Michal had no children to the day she died. (2 Samuel 6:16, 23 New Century Version).

“…she hated him.” Those are some strong words for one’s wife to say about a husband. Some wives of the Biblical period when marriages were, at least as often as not, arranged for the benefit of the parents rather than the feelings the bride and groom might have had for each other, might actually have something to complain about. Michal loved David, at least for a while (see 1 Samuel 18:20).

Why would she hate David so? I love the Common English Bible. It is my favorite translation but, sometimes I just don’t like the way the translators brought the Greek or Hebrew into English. This lesson is just such an example. Common English says, “She lost all respect for him.” There is a huge gap from hate to lost respect. There are plenty of people for who I have little if any respect. That does not mean I hate those people.

What Michal has going on here is far deeper. Michael had plenty of opportunities to watch two kings in action, first her father and then her husband. She had seen Saul govern and had drawn her conclusions about what kingly behavior looked like. With this incident, David dancing and leaping before the Lord in celebration of the Ark of the Covenant’s return to the seat of the Israelite government.

The writer never says how David was dressed as this scene plays out, but Michal does. “With what honor the king of Israel acted today! You took off your clothes in front of the servant girls of your officers like one who takes off his clothes without shame!” I am not sure if this means David was actually naked or if it means with what he was wearing and how he was acting, he may as well have been naked.

For whatever the reason, Michal now hated her husband. The writer never comes out and directly puts together a relationship between Michal’s hatred and her lack of children. The implication, however, is certainly there.

The conclusion left for us to reach simply says, hate destroys us. If you remember back when we discussed the birth of Samuel, women gained their identity first from their father and then from their husbands. But, everything is tied to the birth of their children, particularly their male children. A woman without a child was nothing.

Hate is a strong emotion. That Michal destroyed herself with her hate is telling. It says to me, we must find a way to overcome any hate in our lives before we destroy ourselves.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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"The Pastor Ponders" is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. Bishop and I live in Sweeny, Texas where I am the pastor of First United Methodist Church. I have served here for the past two years. For the past 27 years I have served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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