ON A NEW CART: The priests and Levites of Israel were
copying the Philistines, not the law of Moses: 1Sa 6:7; 1Ch 13:7.
During this time, David wrote Psa 30: "dedication of house" --
which details his own recovery from illness (Psa 30:1-3,7-10).
GITTITE: Man of Gath, prob Gath-rimmon, town of
Kohathites (Jos 21:20-24), whose duty was to carry ark (Num 7:9).
SIX STEPS: There is no plainly evident reason for this
provision. Why six steps? (1) To simply state that sacrifices were offered very
soon after they started out? (2) Six days, followed by a seventh day of offering
to God? (3) Was this connected with the time, or place, where Uzzah was struck
down? (4) Some suggest that sacrifices were offered EVERY six steps along the
road between Obed-Edom's house and Jerusalem -- but this was prob
LINEN EPHOD: Priestly garment.
DANCED BEFORE THE LORD: The normal practice of a slave
when an important person visits a place (StrScr 23).
SHE DESPISED HIM IN HER HEART: Michal supposes David is
lowering himself before men -- because she does not perceive the importance of
God's presence. She forgot that her father had done the same thing (1Sa 19:24).
(Cp the attitude of the Pharisees, who witness the rejoicing of Israel when
Jesus enters Jerusalem: Mat 21:15.)
A number of David's psalms stem from this incident: "LORD, who
may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is
blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart"
(Psa 15:1,2). "Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy
place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to
an idol or swear by what is false" (Psa 24:3,4). "Your procession has come into
view, O God, the procession of my God and King into the sanctuary. In front are
the singers, after them the musicians; with them are the maidens playing
tambourines. Praise God in the great congregation; praise the LORD in the
assembly of Israel" (Psa 68:24-26). "O LORD, remember David and all the
hardships he endured... I will allow no sleep to my eyes, no slumber to my
eyelids, till I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of
Jacob... Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool --
arise, O LORD, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might"
HE BLESSED THE PEOPLE: At this time, David sang a
special psa: see 1Ch 16:7-36; Psa 105:1-15.
// Mat 26:26-29.
THE KING OF ISRAEL... DISROBING: Who was, actually,
wearing linen robes of a priest rather than royal robes!
SLAVE GIRLS: Was this Michal's contemptuous ref to the
other wives of David, to whom she feels superior by virtue of being the daughter
of a king?
// 1Ch 15:29: "Michal... despised him in her heart." "The last
time that we saw Michal at a window she was lowering David down to escape the
wrath of her father (1Sa 19:12). On that occasion she risked her life for her
husband. On this occasion she 'despised him in her heart'. David had grown
spiritually whilst he was away from her. She had degenerated spiritually. So the
wilderness was a better growing environment that the court of the king"
BUT BY THESE SLAVE GIRLS YOU SPOKE OF, I WILL BE HELD IN
HONOR: 'My other wives understand my behavior!'
MICHAL... HAD NO CHILDREN...: Saul's kingdom was not to
continue in any way. His grandsons (by Michal?) were not to be kings (1Sa