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Summary: The passion of God, burning in the heart of a believer is enough to change the course of a nation for God. This sermon explores the Passion of King David.

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God’s Purpose for Passion

Grant van Boeschoten

December 3, 2006

37 Jesus said, ’Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’

Matt 22:37 (MSG)

After defeating the philistines King David’s first act was to return the Ark of the Covenant to Israel.

He mobilized 30 000 men to go to Baal-Judah to retrieve the ark from the philistines. It was quite a process, and it took over 3 months for the ark to finally make its way into Jerusalem.

When it finally got there David was so excited, and so happy and so filled with the joy of the Lord that he could not restrain himself.

The priests who were carrying the ark would stop every 6 paces and David would offer sacrifices to God.

14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might and was wearing priests’ clothing. 15 So Israel brought home the Ark of the Lord with much shouting and blowing of trumpets.

16 (But as the procession came into the city, Michal, Saul’s daughter, watched from a window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she was filled with contempt for him.)

17 The Ark was placed inside the tent that David had prepared for it; and he sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings to the Lord. 18 Then he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of heaven 19 and gave a present to everyone--men and women alike--of a loaf of bread, some wine, and a cake of raisins. When it was all over, and everyone had gone home, 20 David returned to bless his family.

But Michal came out to meet him and exclaimed in disgust, "How glorious the king of Israel looked today! He exposed himself to the girls along the street like a common pervert!"

21 David retorted, "I was dancing before the Lord who chose me above your father and his family and who appointed me as leader of Israel, the people of the Lord! So I am willing to act like a fool in order to show my joy in the Lord. 22 Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, but I will be respected by the girls of whom you spoke!"

23 So Michal was childless throughout her life.

2 Sam 6:14-23 (TLB)

This story of David and Michal really affects me on an emotional level. I can feel the pain in David’s voice as he has to defend himself to his wife.

He had just returned from one of the happiest most exciting days of his life, and his wife is bearing down on him, telling him that he is wrong.

While the rest of the city was celebrating, Michal was watching from her window with CONTEMPT, feeling shame and embarrassment for her husband’s sake.

The outcome of this story is horrific as well. SO Michal was childless throughout her life.

David and Michal both have passion in this story, but their passion has two very different sources.

I believe that Michal’s passion comes from an apathetic place.

It should stand out to you in the story that Michal was not a part of the celebration. She was not in the streets dancing, she was not full of joy, and she did not understand why her husband was so happy.

I don’t think that she really loved God. I don’t. If she did she would have been ecstatic with the rest of the people.

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