Wednesday, July 14, 2010

1 Samuel 18-25

The Facts (Chapter number: Verse)

18:6-7 - When David returned home from killing the Philistine, then women came out dancing with tambourines, singing, "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands."
18:17 - Saul said to David, "Here is my elder daughter Merab. I will give her to you for a wife, only be valiant for me and fight the Lord's battles."
18:19 - But at the time when Merab should have been given to David she was given to Adriel the Meholathite as a wife.
18:20-21 - Saul's daughter Michal loved David. Saul was told and this pleased him. Saul thought, "Let me give Michal to David that she may be a snare for him and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him."
18:27-28 - David rose and went with his men and killed one hundred of the Philistines, and David brought their foreskins back to Saul that he may become Saul's son-in-law. Saul gave him his daughter Michal as a wife. Then Saul realized that he Lord was with David and that his daughter Michal loved him.

19:11-17 - Saul sent messengers to David's house to keep watch, planning to kill David in the morning. David's wife Michal told David that if he did not leave he was going to be killed. So Michal let David out through the window so he could escape. Michal placed an idol on the bed with goat's hair at the top and covered it with clothes. When Saul saw this deceit he asked her why she'd tricked him like this. And Michal told Saul, "He said to me 'Let me go; why should I kill you?'"

20:30 - Saul anger was kindled against Jonathan and said to him, "You son of a perverse woman!"

21:4-5 - A priest tells David that he only has holy bread for David and his men, provided they have kept themselves from women. David said that he and his men had kept themselves from women, as they always did when they'd go on an expedition, the vessels of the young men are kept holy even on a journey.

22:3 - David went to from there to Mizpeh of Moab. He said to the king of Moab, "Please let my father and mother come to you until I know what God did for me."

1 Samuel 23 - No mention of any women.

1 Samuel 24 - No mention of any women.

My Comments

Again, women as prizes to be won and bargaining chips to get what men want. And seriously, a big bag of one hundred foreskins just sounds so disgusting. I mean really really disgusting. Who the hell would ask for that? I think scalps would be less gross than foreskins.

When asked what he wanted the foreskins for, Saul was recorded saying, "I'm making a wallet. When I rub it, it'll turn into a suitcase."

Thank you, Reduced Shakespeare Company. If you have the money, The Complete Word of God (Abridged) is an excellent buy.

And another woman goes about saving another man. And still gets no parade. Or any real recognition. Did anyone know who Michal was before this? I mean David's a big player in the Bible, and yet we don't know the name of the woman who saved his life. Kind of the same deal with Zipporah. She saved Moses from being killed by God, and yet she's hardly talked about when the Exodus story is being retold in Sunday school. It's all rather unfair, I think.

Tomorrow: 1 Samuel 25-28

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