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TEXT : “Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children unto the day of her death.” – 2 Samuel 6:23.

COMMENT: The marriage institution as ordained by the Almighty God is holy and honourable. (Hebrews 13:4). Its sanctity enjoys His protection and guidance, hence the Bible says that God will not answer the prayers of a man who maltreats his wife. (1 Peter 3:7). The case of Michal, daughter of King Saul, wife of King David, used in today’s citation, deserves deep consideration. She was not pleased with her husband’s dancing before the Ark of God as it was being transported to Jerusalem: “she despised him in her heart” (2 Sam. 6:16). She thought that David degraded himself by dancing publicly in the street and that such vigorous dancing was unbecoming of so great a soldier, statesman, and monarch. King David was hurt and highly offended by the comment, which reflected the negative heart condition of his wife. She ought to identify with him on this occasion, not oppose him. He rebuked her sharply and stopped further dealings with her. – 2 Samuel 6:21-23.

That Michal “had no child unto the day of her death” shows God’s reaction and displeasure to the disrespectful way she treated her husband; it also shows that He takes appropriate note of the way partners in a marital union treat one another. The Bible admonishes couples with these words, “therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously”, (with each other). - Malachi 2:16. 

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