David and Saul’s family

1 Samuel Bible Background

04.16.2017 Old Testament: 1Sa 19.11–17

To read the Bible in a year, read First Samuel 19–21 on April 16, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Saul loved David, then hated him. Jonathan always loved David. Michal loved David, then despised him. She initially loved him so greatly that she risked her life for him,

Saul also sent messengers to David’s house to watch him and to kill him in the morning. And Michal, David’s wife, told him, saying, “If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be killed.” So Michal let David down through a window. And he went and fled and escaped. And Michal took an image and laid it in the bed, put a cover of goats’ hair for his head, and covered it with clothes. So when Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.” Then Saul sent the messengers back to see David, saying, “Bring him up to me in the bed, that I may kill him.” And when the messengers had come in, there was the image in the bed, with a cover of goats’ hair for his head. Then Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this, and sent my enemy away, so that he has escaped?” And Michal answered Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go! Why should I kill you?’” (1 Samuel 19.11–17). 

Family relationships often follow this pattern of alternating love and hate. However, when we encounter a David-like person in our family, even in our in-laws, let us imitate Jonathan and always love.

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