Greetings to the Father, Angels and saints in Christ. As I reread yesterday’s post on the bus on my way home, a question popped into my mind. The question was, “why did the Bible say that Michal had no child until the day of her death?” (2 Sam 6: 23). Well, I will dilute the answer a bit with an explanation. How do women become pregnant? Exactly! David lost the sexual desire that he had for Michal. Remember that he had wanted her and had gone through hell to marry her (1 Sam 18: 20 – 30).

Did I quote the exact words that cost her the marriage? Well she told him:

 “how glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself” (2 Sam 6:20).

Can you imagine the loud, shrieking voice, hand movements, scornful glances and body actions that must have accompanied her words? In other words, she heaped scorn and bitterness on his worship in front of the worshippers that day when he was at the high point of his praise.

She was more concerned with appearances than with the fact that a great victory had been accomplished.

Remember that the first attempt to return the ark had resulted in the death of a priest. On the second attempt to return the ark, David was elated with his success, God’s favor and presence that day. He was suddenly deflated, embarrassed and ashamed at Michal’s attitude, which killed his desire to be with her as a person as well as any sexual desire that he had. Maybe it was already dead, who knows, because she responded to him in bed in much the same way that she responded to him verbally. He got nothing out of her because “she was a cold fish in bed”.

I quote exactly what I heard the Lord say about Michal. The word says in Prov 31: 30 that “favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.” Michal lost the praise of her husband and the generations to come because the root of her problem was her lack of respect for God. Men of God, especially single men, there is deep information to help you here if you ruminate on this revelation long enough. Women of God, Christian women, let us listen and learn from this woman.

The second question that occurred to me much later that night was, “what was Michal doing at home?” Based on her response to David, I assume that maybe she did not go because the issue of the return of the ark was not important to her. She did not truly share the concerns of the ministry that her husband was preoccupied with. She knew historically that he got “out of control” anytime he went to the temple and met the priests and musicians for worship.

As we can see from 2 Sam 6: 5, on the first attempt to return the ark to the city of David:

… David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of [instruments made of] fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

This was the first attempt. Can you imagine the celebration on the second attempt? David and the people went wild in worship!

Michal must have told herself that she was not going anywhere because she could not bear to see the “carrying on”. Worship?!! Who me? Uh uh! She could do a little shake maybe, but wild abandon? Not the daughter of Saul and wife of the King of Israel! She was royalty twice!

Now there is a difference between staying at home if you really can’t make it and staying at home because you flatly refuse to go to support your husband. If you are at home or unable to be physically present due to circumstances beyond your control, you can intercede for the safety of your husband, success of the mission, flow of the anointing, salvation of souls etc.

Do whatever it takes to share his ministry whether present or absent. Did not Paul tell the Colossians in 2: 5

“…though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ”.

You need to read chapter one in order to fully understand the context. However, I would tell you that Paul was at a place of spiritual revelation where he did not need information from anyone in order to detect the spiritual state of the Colossian believers. He was operating in the gift of knowledge and discernment which are two of the gifts that the Lord uses to detect the condition of His church. If the husband and wife are the corollary of Christ and His church, do you not think that a married man and woman who are in the Lord can discern the state each is in when they are physically apart? Yet I speak of a mystery concerning Christ and the church.

I just put my hands over my mouth in astonishment after I just read 1 Sam 18: 21. I had gone to that scripture to cite for you the exact verse after having written the words “remember that he had wanted her and had gone through hell to marry her (1 Sam 18: 20 – 30)”. Well, I had read these words many times but just saw them for the first time.

The words in 1 Sam 18: 20 and 21 are:

“And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.

And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him.

Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son-in-law in the one of the twain.”

Oh my God! do you see what I see? Saul said that he would use two things to kill David. One was his daughter Michal and the other was the Philistines. He actually said that he would use Michal as “a snare” to David. He was also going to somehow combine this snare with the “hand of the Philistines”.

Oh my God! This started with Saul using Michal as a bait to get David killed by the Philistines. The man of God had to obtain the foreskins of 100 Philistines. Not this is really funny in retrospect, but how gross could Saul become. Who would willingly give up foreskins? David had to circumcise dead men! To make the morbid humor even more morbid, the man of God obtained not 100, but 200 of these foreskins. This means that he had to kill 200 Philistines to get Michal, but the scriptures clearly said that “Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines”.

The question is, who is the devil setting up as your death trap, men of God? There is a deeper issue here.

Although Saul went through the charade of using Michal to get David killed by the Philistines, did he know and see something about her that we do not know?

Did he know that she would voluntarily help him kill the man of God although she thought that she loved him?

Is there something further that the scripture does not reveal about Michal?

Did Saul indoctrinate her about the need to kill David and means to do so? It certainly did not suit her interests to have David killed when Saul was hunting him, as we learned from 1 Sam 19: 9-17. He was a thrill to her emotional need for excitement and the unobtainable.

Maybe she loved him because her father hated him. Whatever her motives for “loving” him, the deep seated hate that she had inside sprang up when he was no longer “the enemy”.

David was now the affluent, powerful king and the element of emotional control that Michal held over him was broken. May God bless us. I have to run now and hope that these truths would help us to avoid the death traps of the enemy in the spirit of “Michal”.