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Summary: This sermon examines the life of Michal and perhaps changes our attitudes toward this woman.

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Was Michal Really A Bad Wife?

1 Samuel 18:20-28

[20] Now Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.

[21] So Saul said, "I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David a second time, "You shall be my son-in-law today."

[22] And Saul commanded his servants, "Communicate with David secretly, and say, 'Look, the king has delight in you, and all his servants love you. Now therefore, become the king's son-in-law.' "

[23] So Saul's servants spoke those words in the hearing of David. And David said, "Does it seem to you a light thing to be a king's son-in-law, seeing I am a poor and lightly esteemed man?"

[24] And the servants of Saul told him, saying, "In this manner David spoke."

[25] Then Saul said, "Thus you shall say to David: 'The king does not desire any dowry but one hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to take vengeance on the king's enemies.' " But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.

[26] So when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to become the king's son-in-law. Now the days had not expired;

[27] therefore David arose and went, he and his men, and killed two hundred men of the Philistines. And David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full count to the king, that he might become the king's son-in-law. Then Saul gave him Michal his daughter as a wife.

[28] Thus Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal, Saul's daughter, loved him;

There have been many sermons

about how Michal was so critical of the great King David

when he worshipped God.

She was just a woman who was filled with bitterness

and it cost her the opportunity of having children.

There's more to that story that needs to be seen!

Point #1 Life doesn't always turn out like we expected.

[20] Now Michal, Saul's daughter, loved David. And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him

Michal was a daughter of a King Saul.

She grew up with certain preconceptions

which were never fulfilled.

She may have expected to be

in an arranged, politically expedient marriage,

but she would not have expected to be treated

as one king's afterthought and another king's convenience.

This woman was mistreated

by the two most important men in her life.

It's no surprise that she became so bitter and critical

of a husband who had no time for her.

We need to start at the beginning.

Michal was not David's first choice as wife.

Saul promised him the hand of Merab his eldest daughter.

However, Saul gave her to Adriel the Meholathite.

But we know one thing about Michal: she loved David.

Verse 20 says, "Now Michal Saul's daughter loved David"

David was young and a national hero and destined for great things.

Michal was fascinated about David.

Her father used his daughter for his own ends

and she lived to regret it throughout her life:

" And they told Saul, and the thing pleased him.

[21] So Saul said, "I will give her to him, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him." Therefore Saul said to David a second time, "You shall be my son-in-law today."


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