Divrei Hayamim I – Fifteen: Michal

“And the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord came up to the City of David, and Michal the daughter of Saul peered through the window, and she saw King David dancing and playing, and she scorned him in her heart (Chronicles I 15:29).” I’m not sure what my reflection is going to be on this verse, but as soon as I saw Michal, an oft-overlooked woman, mentioned at the end of this chapter, I was immediately drawn to it. One of my favorite books growing up was Queenmaker by India Edghill, a novelization of Queen Michal’s life. [So yes, for anyone interested, I’ve always been this cool] I loved biblical fiction that gave voice to women, who were so often silenced in the text itself. So I want to understand the motivation of Michal in this moment. I have some ideas, but rather than contributing to the cacophony of voices speaking for her, I’m going to keep them to myself, and just say that there’s a complexity behind every silent face. So let’s look beneath the surface in our own lives and see who we’re overlooking, and rectify that.

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