Enduring ‘HATRED’ from our ‘OWN’ family for ‘SERVING’ God
April 26 Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles Chapters 13-15
"David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod. Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn, with trumpets and with cymbals, making music with stringed instruments and harps. And it happened, as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the City of David that Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and saw King David whirling and playing music; and she despised him in her heart." (1 Chron. 15:27-29)
David had married Michal, the second daughter of Saul, at the beginning of his time of service in King Saul’s court (1 Sam. 18:27). Their relationship had been stormy, perhaps in part because David had spent at least ten years in flight from her father. We can see that Michal had displayed strong emotions throughout her life. Initially, she fell into love with the young David who was young and good looking (1 Sam. 18:20). She was gifted to David as his wife by her father Saul as a reward for killing Goliath, but then David had to kill 200 more Philistines in order to marry her (1 Sam. 18:25-27). Michal’s love for her husband caused her to save his life when her father wanted to kill him (1 Sam. 19:11-18). However, later on Saul annulled their marriage, and she was given away to Phalti as his wife (1 Sam. 25:44).
After David became the king of Israel, Michal was returned to David as his wife as per one of the conditions of David’s peace agreement with Saul’s general Abner (2 Sam. 3:13–16). Michal was one of the few links remaining between David and the dynasty of Saul. She should have now happily been content living with David as his wife and the queen of Israel. But what we see is that Michal ridicules David on account of his religious zeal (2 Sam. 6:16; 20-23). When Michal saw David worshiping God without any restrain, her love for David turns to hatred and she despised him in her heart (1 Chron. 15:29b).
We need to understand that when we decide to serve/worship God giving Him the first place in our lives, we will be hated by even our own family members. Our Lord Jesus has prophesied the following will happen in our lives: "Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved" (Matt 10:21-22).