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Michal’s Character

Today’s reading: 1 Samuel 19:1-22:5

My selection: I Samuel 19:17

Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me thus and let my enemy go, so that he has escaped?” And Michal answered Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go. Why should I kill you?’”

My reflections: David’s wife, Michal, was Saul’s daughter. She protected David’s life by revealing a plot to kill him in his bed at sunrise. She assisted David’s escape.

Michal understood that if she were caught in all this she would be in trouble with her father so she told Saul that David had threatened her life. Saul beleived this because it fit into his view of David, that his son-in-law was a bloodthirsty warrier willing to do anything to protect himself and eventually overthrow Saul and take the throne.

Michal, unlike Jonathan, did not stand up to Saul and defend David. Her lie only reinforced Saul’s determination to kill David. Was he not an abusive husband?

It takes courage to tell the truth. In this case it would also have demanded of Michal confidence in God’s power to protect her. She lacked that. She inadvertently increased David’s problem with Saul.

My challenge: Tell the truth. Tell it in love but tell it. God had already planned to give David the throne. His plan would not fail and Saul could not stop it.

Tomorrow’s reading: 1 Samuel 22:6-24:22

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