Saturday, April 30, 2016

Omer 2016 Day 8: Michal


Day 8: Chesed in Gevurah, Love in Strength
"When Saul realized that the Lord was with David and that Michal daughter of Saul loved him, Saul grew still more afraid of David." (1 Samuel 18:28)
Michal was King Saul's youngest daughter, whom he gave in marriage to David in the hopes that she would be his downfall. Unfortunately for Saul, Michal truly loved David and her love gave him even more power. Michal herself found strength in her love for David as well, defying her father to help David escape Saul's attempts to kill him.

Michal's story was complicated in 2 Samuel 6:16-23, when her royal understanding of decorum caused a rift between her and David, who by that point had become king. The love they shared turned to hate and Michal lost her strength, represented by the fact that, because of their argument, Michal never had children.