1 Chronicles 15 – What is Wrong with Michal?


1 Chronicles 15God was evidently with David, for He had caused him to ride upon the high places of the earth and put the neck of his enemies under his feet, yet someone refused to look at how God wrought through him–Michal, his wife.

David had just smitten the ogreous Philistines from Gibeon even to Gazer. Now, a place had been prepared to bring the ark up from the house of Obededom. 2 Samuel chapter 6 goes into far greater details concerning these things; however, this chapter does tell of how much the Israelites rejoiced to bring the ark back to its homeland. David is clothed in a garment usually worn by the priesthood and is head at the festivities.

“Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.”

All of Israel is happy–all except for poor Michal. For as she “saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.” What is wrong with Michal? An excellent book, Patriarchs and Prophets, tells us, “In the bitterness of her passion she could not await David’s return to the palace, but went out to meet him, and to his kindly greeting poured forth a torrent of bitter words.” Though under a pretense of being against David’s actions, “David felt that it was the service of God which Michal had despised and dishonored,” and thus, rebuked her strongly. “To David’s rebuke was added that of the Lord: because of her pride and arrogance,” she was barren until her death (pages 708,711.)

Unsanctified dignity and pride were unleashed under a pretense of zeal for God. There are many who make an outward profession of high regard for the honor of God, while pride, bitterness, and selfishness are the true undercurrents to their actions. Such, if they do not repent and are born again, will not only become spiritually barren and unfruitful, but will realize in the final day that they did not put on the wedding garment offered so freely from Jesus, and will lose out on eternity; sympathizers of such are not a few. Let us all take heed to what manner of spirit we cherish, and what motives truly drive us, though the actions may appear righteous.

May you neither be barren nor unfruitful in the Lord,

Jeffrey Maxwell

Scripture portions quoted from the King James Version. Public Domain.

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