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,
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