“Household Idol”

March 16, 2018

“Household Idol”

Blessings folk!

Saul sent messengers to keep an eye on David’s house.
David had fled after Saul tried to spear him again.
David was now laying low.
Saul wanted him captured.
Saul wanted him dead.

1Sa 19:11-17

Then Saul sent messengers to David’s house to watch him,
in order to put him to death in the morning.
But Michal, David’s wife, told him, saying,
“If you do not save your life tonight, tomorrow you will be put to death.”

So Michal let David down through a window, and he went out and fled and escaped.

Michal took the household idol and laid it on the bed,
and put a quilt of goats’ hair at its head, and covered it with clothes.

When Saul sent messengers to take David, she said, “He is sick.”

Then Saul sent messengers to see David, saying,
“Bring him up to me on his bed, that I may put him to death.”

When the messengers entered, behold,
the household idol was on the bed with the quilt of goats’ hair at its head.

So Saul said to Michal, “Why have you deceived me like this and let my enemy go,
so that he has escaped?” And Michal said to Saul, “He said to me, ‘Let me go!
Why should I put you to death?’”

Saul’s daughter…David’s wife…Michal told David what was happening.
She urged him to flee.
He did.

She placed “the household idol” in the bed to feign a sick David.

“The household idol”? What was that?
It is believed that “this word refers to a kind of idols or objects of worship whose ownership was possibly tied to inheritance rights” - Zodhiates.

It must have been fairly large.

The ruse gave David time to distance himself from the king.

When Saul discovered what had occurred he was angry.
He considered Michal’s act to be deceptive, to be in league with David, to be against him, her father, King Saul.

Michal’s response.
She “threw David under the bus”.
She said that he threatened her if she did not let him go.
Certainly she said what she thought was needed to survive.

Etc. etc.

All the norm in the life of one that the Lord has left…