This Marriage is a Trap.

His first and second attempt at killing David with a spear failed. So Saul tried a different tactic. David was sent to lead Saul’s troops in battle. These circumstances clearly posed risks for David’s reputation and his physical well-being. Failure to perform as a soldier would erase David’s prestige and popularity and perhaps even end his life. 

However, David was successful in carrying out every assignment “because the Lord was with him.” God assisted in David’s success in these military campaigns had two effects on others: it added to Saul’s fears, and it increased the people’s love for David.

In an effort to leverage David’s popularity, Saul cunningly honored his offer to give his daughter in marriage to the one who slew Goliath (1 Samuel 17:25). However, Saul’s offer was a trap set by Saul. David was to marry Saul’s “older daughter Merab.” If David accepted the offer, Saul could passively “let the Philistines” destroy his most feared adversary. Saul foolishly thought that David’s love for God could be used to destroy God’s anointed one.

David refused the offer because of another consideration: He felt unqualified to “become the king’s son-in-law” (1 Samuel 18:18). Saul was from a wealthy family; David was not. Saul was king of Israel; David was a rural shepherd boy.

Not to be hampered in his plan to kill David, Saul offered his “daughter Michal” (1 Samuel 18:20) a third way of destroying David. Saul learned to his evil delight that this daughter “was in love with David.”

David had previously eluded the king’s spear and the Philistines’ weapons, but perhaps he could be ensnared and ruined by a woman. Michal, Saul’s younger Daughter, who would be a “snare to him.”

By | 2018-06-25T13:53:09+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Categories: All, Promises|

About the Author:

Pastor Phil, his wife Carol, and their three children, started in Bixby over 20 years ago when New Beginnings was meeting in a downtown Bixby store front. As a result of God's blessings, New Beginnings has become one of the fastest growing churches in Oklahoma. Pastor Phil graduated from Tulsa East Central High School (1978), and Tulsa University (1982). After serving for 11 years as a Student Pastor, at the age of twenty-nine Phil began to pastor his first church in Edgewater, Colorado. Phil received a Master’s Degree from Denver Theological Seminary (1994) and completed his doctorate in Missions and Evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012. Phil and Carol are honored to serve God in a Kingdom minded church, with joy and longevity.

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