“And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart…” (2 Sam. 6:16)
To have the Presence of the Lord return to our community is indeed a cause for celebration. It is a reason to celebrate by those understanding its meaning. It means peace, protection, provision, prosperity, and prominence within the surrounding communities. In other words, the return of God’s Presence means the return of God’s Power and Favor in our daily lives.
However, we must be realistic in our considerations. Everyone is not going to celebrate the return of the Lord’s Presence. Why? It may mean the end of any activity in which they may have personally benefited at the hand of others. It could also mean the end of their influence within the community as well. Why? Because when God’s Presence enters a scenario, all chaos and disorder must leave immediately. God’s Presence ushers in an era and atmosphere of order.
What Is Contempt?
To speak against God’s ordained vessel used to usher in this new era of Kingdom Living is to show contempt towards God, His agenda and the things of God. What is contempt? It is “the willful disrespect and disregard for authority.” The word, contempt, is also synonymous with the word, scorn. One of the meanings of the phrase, “to scorn”, means “to refuse proudly; to show angry disrespect for or towards something.” It is also synonymous with the word meaning “to detest.” “To detest” something means “to feel a very strong dislike or intense hatred for something.”
Why Is This Important To Us?
Why is it important to know the meaning of these words? Within this Scriptural context, it explains, in depth, the intensity of Michal’s feelings as described in verse 16 by the Hebrew word, bazah. It reads, “And as the Ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; AND SHE DESPISED HIM IN HER HEART…” (capital letters and italics used for emphasis).
Understanding The Text
The word, despised, means “to show contempt for or towards something“. In this instance, Michal was believed to be expressing her contempt towards David for his actions during the celebration. However, to understand the true meaning of the text, we must look beyond the surface to understand that Michal’s contempt for David, in essence, was actually contempt for God’s agenda.
David was the vehicle God used to usher in this new era within Israel. He did not choose to become the king in Israel on his own. God selected David to be the leader in Israel above Michal’s father, Saul. This may lead us to ask, “Was this contempt for David the result of how she viewed her father’s demise? Or, is she beginning to believe that David really was her father’s enemy? Or, is she angry because she was taken from her new husband and returned to David by Abner as a part of their agreement for solidarity between Israel and Judah?”
Although we may never know the answers to these questions, we do know for certain that David’s house was chosen above Michal’s father’s house. Therefore, her contempt for David was actually a covert contempt for God and His agenda for Israel. In consideration of the abovementioned definitions, Michal was not in agreement with what God was doing through David and had no problem with expressing herself. This can be observed through the tone of her words used when “…David returned to bless his household…” (v.20).
The end result was God closing Michal’s womb and causing her to be barren until her death (v.23). We must understand that for a woman to be barren in Biblical times was a banner of shame. The one who once detested has now become the object of detestation. The one who once scorned has now become the object of scorn.
There is a lesson in this for us all. When we speak or act in opposition to God, His vessels and His agenda, we must understand that there will be consequences. We cannot become so familiar with the Divine to the point wherein we forget Who He is. Even when we do not understand His activity, we must still reverence Him as The Lord, The Sovereign and Exalted Ruler over all creation. He has the sovereign right to rule however He chooses, whether we agree with Him or not.
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”