The real reason Michal had no more children

King Saul’s daughter Michal (2 Samuel) had her eye on David as he was coming up in the ranks the king gave her to David as his wife. She saved him on occasion and served him well but later on she made a tragic mistake.

Before we can understand this passage, we must remember that women in the Bible are a symbol of The Church, or more specifically, the people of God. In every respect she was a good and honorable example of the Church as the submitted promoter of her husband, the Lord. Here is the passage that shows her downfall. David has just rescued the Ark of the Covenant (called here a Chest), the most essential physical piece of property owned by the Jews and a symbol of their authority in God. It is a joyous day.

2 Samuel 6:12-16 …..David went and brought up the Chest of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David, celebrating extravagantly all the way, with frequent sacrifices of choice bulls. David, ceremonially dressed in priest’s linen, danced with great abandon before God. The whole country was with him as he accompanied the Chest of God with shouts and trumpet blasts. But as the Chest of God came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, happened to be looking out a window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before God, her heart filled with scorn.
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20-22 David returned home to bless his family. Michal, Saul’s daughter, came out to greet him: “How wonderfully the king has distinguished himself today—exposing himself to the eyes of the servants’ maids like some burlesque street dancer!” {Michal is being sarcastic here.} David replied to Michal, “In God’s presence I’ll dance all I want! He chose me over your father and the rest of our family and made me prince over God’s people, over Israel. Oh yes, I’ll dance to God’s glory—more recklessly even than this. And as far as I’m concerned…I’ll gladly look like a fool…but among these maids you’re so worried about, I’ll be honored no end.” 23 Michal, Saul’s daughter, was barren the rest of her life.

Briefly, Michal showed open, public contempt for David who was glorifying and praising God. We have that in the church today – people who reject the praise and worship due to the Lord. The Bible does not suggest that we worship in song and dance, but that God expects this from us. To reject this puts us out of the stream of God’s intimacy. Michal was not divorced, i.e. no longer saved, she was simply put aside.

For almost 50 years now there have been groups that said speaking in tongues and other spiritual gifts were from the devil – in other words, they are showing the same contempt for the Holy Spirit as Michal did of David. Thankfully that sort of thing is less common than it was in the 70s and 80s. But please note what happens to churches like that – they are barren, childless, joyless, put aside.

It says Michal has no children after that. Today we see this worked out in the lives of Spirit-denying churches – they have no new members, or at least very few. They are no longer child-bearing.

Let this being a warning to you – rejecting the Holy Spirit and the gifts, even though it is controversial, could lead you and your congregation into a downward spiral where eventually you must close your church’s doors. No children is the same as no fruit. God does not need the Word of God without the Spirit – together they produce fruit.

If your church is going nowhere you can start praying that the Holy Spirit and the gifts will come in and when they do, so will more of the Lord. Otherwise, like David, He may just not show up again.

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