Women in the Bible: Michal

Michal marries David, who will later become king; her father is King Saul. Though her story starts out with promise, it ends sadly.

David plays a critical role in the success of King Saul and the nation of Israel. Despite this, Saul’s attitude towards David varies greatly, with Saul often wanting to kill David out of jealousy. When Saul learns his daughter, Michal, is in love with David, Saul hatches a plan to use her to bring about David’s downfall.

For a dowry, Saul requests proof that David has killed 100 of the nation’s enemy. Saul assumes David will die trying to fulfill Saul’s requirement. Instead, David succeeds, presenting twice the amount requested. David and Michal marry.

Sometime later, when David is on the run, Saul, gives Michal to another man. Eventually, David brings about Michal’s return.

After David ascends to power, he brings the ark back, celebrating wildly in praise to God. Michal criticizes his public worship, despising him for his actions. Though she once loved him, she no longer does. We can only guess why: Because his celebratory romp repelled her, because she gave her heart to her second husband, or because David married other women.

Michal never has any children. Maybe, because of her disapproval over David’s exuberant dance, he rejected her or perhaps God punished her.

Regardless, a critical spirit is never attractive.

[Read more about Michal in 1 Samuel 18 & 19 and 2 Samuel 3 & 6.]

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