Topic: Don't Contemn God's Servants [December 19, 2016]
Text: 2 Samuel 6:12-23
Key Verse: "Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!" (2 Samuel 6:20).
Michal was unlike her brother, Jonathan, who developed an exemplary relationship with David. Jonathan also loved God and exhibited great values that a true friend should have. On a number of occasions, he laid his life on the line for David, having been led to have a glimpse into the future God had for this son of Jesse. That way, Jonathan lend himself to be used of God to fulfil His plan. Not Michal. When David rejoiced before God in worship and gratitude for the successful return of the ark of God to Jerusalem from the house of Obededom, she despised the king in her heart.
She could not refrain from voicing out her thoughts. So while an exultant David came back from home to bless his household, Michal unleashed venom on him. It was a rash attack on God Who was being honoured by David. She would not share David's worship of the Almighty and so she hated it. The punitive action from heaven was that Michal became childless, and became the first-ever recipient of barrenness. A bitter heart such as Michal had contrasts with the cheerful spirit of Obededom to host the ark of God. The Lord brought blessing to the house of the Gittite in the three months that he allowed Israel's national treasure to abide with him.
This confirms the truth of the word of God in Romans 2:6-10, "[God] will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile".
Thought for the day: An attack on the servants of God is an attack on God.
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