December 17 2017 15:33:39
Mrs. David

That critical abstention was Her Excellency, the First Lady of Israel, Princess Mrs Michal David, daughter of King Saul the former ruler, now wife of the incumbent king.

When the majestic service was over, David blessed his congregation, and proceeded to bless his own household, but the reception he received at his royal doorsteps was very unexpected. Read the story for yourself: 2 Samuel 6:12-23:

12 Then King David was told, “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s household and everything he has because of the Ark of God.” So David went there and brought the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the City of David with a great celebration.

13 After the men who were carrying the Ark of the Lord had gone six steps, David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.

14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.

15 So David and all the people of Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord with shouts of joy and the blowing of rams’ horns.

16 But as the Ark of the Lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she was filled with contempt for him. [KJV – “she despised him in her heart”].

17 They brought the Ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the special tent David had prepared for it. And David sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings to the Lord.

18 When he had finished his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

19 Then he gave to every Israelite man and woman in the crowd a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people returned to their homes.

20 When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!”

21 David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord.

22 Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!”

23 So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life (New Living Translation).

What was Mommy Michal doing up at “her window” when Bishop David was down there, out in the streets, with the rest of the congregation, including the despised ‘girls,’ rejoicing, like him, with all their might, with all their commitment, at the coming of the ark of God?

Why did she position herself at that lofty window, “her” window, from where she looked down disdainfully on everything that everybody else did, even the king her husband?

“Servant girls” - that appears to be the only thing Michal saw, or usually saw. She did not see the soldiers; she would not see all the other men to whom the king also gave gifts; she failed to see the ark of God; she was blind to the priests, etc. She saw only what she wanted to see: “girls”; and she was ready to start a fight over it; “girls” she often despised and degraded as “servants” beneath her royal, elevated window-status; sincere girls more godly and more zealous than she, but girls whom her self-righteous, holier-than-thou goggles often coloured as “vulgar”; innocent worshipers by whom she often sought means of blackmailing her godly husband!

Why did not Daddy David the warrior force that jelly princess out to join the rest of the congregation? Might she have spoilt the day for everybody if he had compelled her thus? Would she have made it an irrecoverable regret, especially for the female worshipers, merely because they were “girls” in that service? Why did she stay back home?

The language with which she greeted him, perhaps, exposes the arrogance that had kept her back. She was a princess, the daughter of a king, and now First Lady of the kingdom. She could not, in the name of religion, see herself side by side those lousy and “vulgar” street girls scheming under cover of ‘church’ to take her husband through their nasty seductive dances and suspicious participation and proximity to her man, their king. “So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life.” Signs.


From The Preacher’s diary,

September 24, 2012.

 

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