by Miles Seaborn

Michal and David: A Study in Bitterness
Dr. Miles Seaborn
2 Samuel 6:12-23

INTRO. A woman's face peeks out of a window in the palace of the King of Israel as it watches the huge procession making it way down the street. The face becomes twisted in rage and hate. A woman whirls away to perhaps throw herself on the bed and weep in rage and self-pity.

Who was the woman? She Michal, daughter of Saul, wife of King David. The Bible says in 2 Samuel 6;16, ''As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord and she despised him in her heart.''

''Despised!'' In Hebrew that is a very, very strong word. She had absolutely no respect or reverence for him. A feeling of hate and bitterness rose up in her heart against him and against everything that he stood for. And we marvel that this woman who was his wife had come to this place in her life.

''Be not unequally yoked together,'' God's word wisely admonishes. Most of us have either seen or experience this in real life. We need to be fully aware of God's words of advise and command as we come to one of life's greatest decisions and commitments. Many fall in live and marry and never seriously come to God with this man or woman asking, ''Lord, is this the right thing to do?'' You and I as parents need to keep in our minds and bring to the attention of our children that the time to face the will of God is before we need the command. Many times someone will come with the shattered remains of a life in hand and say, ''Pastor, can you do anything with my life?'' It is so much better to look ahead, to watch where you are going to walk, to seek counsel of our Heavenly Father and of parents and loved ones before you meet someone and fall in love -- before you make a basic commitment of life. It is so much easier to deal with life at this time than it is when you are yoked together unequally.

God's Word says tha ...

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