A clear illustration of this truth about manipulated passions, perhaps, is of the sudden love romance between Princess Michal and David whom the king had just made “captain over a thousand” (v.13).
As God began to advance David; as “All Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them” (v.16), the king began to be uncomfortable and commenced to plot the overthrow the young captain. First, he baited David with his first daughter. The king made the plot to appear as a gesture of honour for David’s bravery, whereas in truth, it was his design to liquidate David indirectly by “The hand of the Philistines” (v.17). In other words, whereas it was going to take the “hand” of the notorious enemies that everyone knew, it would actually have been the hidden hands of the king that did it.
Also, whereas Saul described the ‘gift’ and the process by the name of the Lord; whereas he claimed that he was commissioning the young man to “fight the LORD’S battles,” we now know better, that it had nothing to do with the Lord but everything to do with the jealous king’s melancholic manipulations; it was not the Lord’s battles but King Saul’s private machinations. Not every gift that comes in the name of the Lord is of the Lord. Not every battle entered in the name of the Lord was the Lord’s battle. Some labels are a lethal lie.
And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the LORD’S battles. For Saul said, Let not mine HAND be upon him, but let the HAND of the Philistines be upon him (v.17)
From the Series, Stray Bullets
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