It has always been a difficult thing interpreting the daughters of Saul. Some say it was a family under a curse (I Sam 15:26); meanwhile, others feel that each of them brought their own calamity upon themselves. Whatever may be the case, they embody some lessons for the modern day church.
Merab (I sam 14:49; 18:17-19)?
Merab (Saul’s eldest daughter according to tradition) was the one that was to marry David but when the time came for her to be given to him, they had given her to Adriel: a man from Abel–Meholah (1 Sam. 18:17-19). That is the last passage in the Bible that speaks of Merab. He would have spared the lives of Adriel and Merab but killed their sons because while Merab and Adriel could not become queen or king respectively, their children could, seeing they had king blood. This situation reminds us of Samson’s first wife from Timnath who was taken and given to his friend (Judges 15:1-20). Merab was the price tag for Goliath’s head (1 Sam 17:25), but she was given dubiously to Adriel (1 Sam 18:17-19).
Michal would be the alternative, but she too was the price tag of 100 Philistines’ foreskins (2 Sam 3:14-16). Though a snare to kill David, he succeeded and won Michal ((1Sam 18: 17-30)). Later, Saul bigamized Michal to Phalti (1 Sam 25:44). Afterwards, David requested Ishbosheth to bring her back. Neither Phalti nor David treated her badly, if not of Saul because Phalti cried for her, and David recovered her from her “kidnappings” (2 Sam 3:13-16).
Lesson 1: The consequences of our sins may affect our kids, if they are not protected by the blood of Jesus.
Lesson 2: broken promises especially love related could have fatal consequences.
I see that Michal despised David for dancing in celebration for the return of the Ark of the Covenant (2 Sam 6:16, 20-23). Some women think Michal’s anger against David was justified because of the way he treated women. However, Michal was angry against David way before David killed her nephews (2 Sam. 21:8). Therefore, her anger was not justified. Her sister was raising up her kid perhaps because she died earlier but history being male chauvinistically inclined makes it difficult pinpointing her whereabouts. When David killed the remnants of Saul’s family: males and not the females or in-laws), her reactions are not registered. David spared the females and in-laws because they were not entitled to the throne. He was tacitly fulfilling the prophecy that the kingdom will depart from the family of Saul.
Lesson 1: No one despises a true servant of God and goes free.
Lesson 2: It is not what happens to us that matters but how we react to what happens to us that matters.
My friends, the lives we live are a lesson we leave for posterity. How do we want to be remembered?
Until then, may your life be a good lesson for mankind.
Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk.