1 Samuel 18:17-30: Who are you afraid of?
Since Saul cannot seem to hit David with a spear, he hits upon another scheme to murder him—let the Philistines kill him in battle. Saul pretends to take David into his own family, offering his daughter Merab to him in marriage. However, when the time comes, Saul gives her in marriage to another.
Another daughter of Saul, Michal, is in love with David. Saul decides to have her marry David “to be a snare to him.” As a bride price, Saul asks for the lives of a hundred Philistines, thinking that it is David who will be killed in battle. David does even more than asked, killing two hundred Philistines.
In all of this soap-opera intrigue, the contrast between David and Saul could not be more pronounced. David is genuinely humble when he thinks of being son-in-law to the king. He fights Israel’s enemies and fulfills Saul’s commands. In short, The Lord is with him. As a complete contrast, Saul is consumed with jealousy, plots vengeance and murder, and deceitfully manipulates David into a bad marriage. In short, Saul is afraid.
In all this, we see the hand of God at work, making David well known and diminishing Saul in the eyes of the people. David listens to the Lord with a good heart. Saul rejects the word of God and is consumed by his own fears.
God of love, increase our faith so we might see your work in us and in others.
DR. GARY HOLLOWAY
Gary Holloway is Executive Director of the World Convention. Holding degrees from Freed-Hardeman, Harding, The University of Texas, and Emory University, he has written or edited thirty books, including (with Douglas Foster) Renewing God’s World: A Concise Global History of the Stone-Campbell Movement from ACU Press. He is married to Deb Rogers Holloway.