Wicked Women of the Bible Week 2: Michal, a Wicked Snare

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Those also who seek after my life lay snares for me; those who seek my hurt speak of destruction, and plan deception all the day long. — Psalm 38:12 (NKJV)

Welcome to Week 2 of Wicked Women of the Bible! We hope you enjoyed studying Delilah last week! Many of you shared some great comments and insights into her story and the temptation we can face to manipulate others. This sin is woven into the story of original sin in the Garden and it’s definitely one we have to be aware of and battle with truth!

This week we’re digging into the life of Michal. She isn’t a famous character in the Bible, so many of us may be unfamiliar with her story… and yet we may resonate with the fact that she lived a life of much suffering which ultimately led her to bitterness, a struggle for control, and likely a lot of anger at God.

She was a princess! King Saul’s daughter! You would think her life would be an enviable one. But, as you read Michal’s story, you’ll see that she was, as Ann says in the video, “a little bird trapped in a big cage, a pretty thing to please a man.”

Michal’s story is such a sad one that it leads me to wonder: Did anyone love her? It’s little wonder she became embittered! What can we learn from her story and apply to our lives in circumstances where we may feel trapped or with little power to affect change? How can we respond in faith, trust in the Lord, and in hope no matter what our situation?

Michal Watching David from a Window by James Tissot (1836-1902)

Michal Watching David from a Window by James Tissot (1836-1902)

This week for your personal or group study:

  1. Read Chapter 10 of Wicked Women of the Bible on Michal (pages 95-102)
  2. Read Michal’s story in 1 Samuel 18:20-29, 1 Samuel 19:11-17, 1 Samuel 25:44, 2 Samuel 3:13-16, and 2 Samuel 6:16-23.
  3. Enjoy watching the video for Week 2 — provided below.

If you’re just arriving at this blog and haven’t registered for the study, we invite you to sign up here and get your free downloads and weekly study questions. 

Watch the Video: Week 2 ~ Michal

What can we learn from her story?

Question of the Week

Just like in Delilah’s time, women held very little power when Michal was a princess. Delilah used manipulation to get what she wanted. What about Michal? She didn’t get what she wanted at all and her response led her to miss a rich relationship with God.

Can you relate to feeling distant from the Lord when you’ve felt powerless, mistreated, or have experienced significant hardship or loss? We invite you to share some of your answers with our community on our blog today. We would love to hear from you what you are learning about David’s wife, Michal!

Ann Spangler

Ann Spangler is an award-winning writer and the author of many bestselling books, including Praying the Names of God, Praying the Names of Jesus, and Women of the Bible (with Jean Syswerda). Her most recent books are The Tender Words of God and Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus (with Lois Tverberg.) She and her two daughters live in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Laurie McClure

Laurie is a Jesus apprentice, a single mama of five (three homegrown, one Kentuckian, and one Ethiopian), a writer, beach lover, and is addicted to radical grace, Perrier, and yoga pants. Here at FaithGateway she is the editor, the leader of Faith.Full, our women's community, and curator of Devotionals Daily.

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