A GROOM’S DOWRY

David watched three men approaching as he readied his assigned 1,000 man force for battle. He knew they came from King Saul, but he was sure they weren’t bringing him fighting orders.

They lined up in front of David. The eldest one spoke. “In accord with the agreement for killing Goliath King Saul wishes to make arraignments for you to marry his daughter, Merab, this week’s end.”

David held his hands out from his sides. “Who am I in all the land of Israel, or how does my humble family from Bethlehem fit into this, that I should become the son-in-law of the king?”

The men’s eyebrows rose as they stared at David. They hesitated before returning to the palace.

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David was sharing lunch with Joab three weeks later when one of Saul’s messengers quietly sat at the table with them. He looked at David and stopped the conversation in place. “King Saul is quite fond of you, David, as are all of his servants. He desires to give you his daughter, Michal, as your wife.”

Joab sat forward. “You’re very shrewd David. Michal is definitely the prettier of the two girls, and the way she looks at you I’d say she’ll be all over you every time you come home. You’re wise to hold out for this one.”

David looked at Saul’s messenger. “Do you think that a nobody like me should really become the king’s son-in-law?”

The messenger shook his head as he left.

The next day, as David was seated with his advisers planning the day’s events, two of Saul’s messengers arrived. “King Saul desires a dowry of one hundred Philistine foreskins by this coming Sabbath for the honor of becoming the husband of Michal.”

David looked at them. “I’ll think about it.” He waved them off.

They walked away. David’s men were silent.

A grin came on David’s face as he stood. “Let’s give him two hundred.” He pounded his fist on the table.

A cheer drown out all other sounds.

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How does God go about making a shepherd boy into a king? Step 8: He has him become the king’s son-in-law.

You’re probably wondering why David was so hesitant about doing this part of the agreement for killing Goliath. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be in the line of royalty?

I can think of some reasons David was so cautious.

First: the Philistines would put an even larger bulls eye on David for this acquaintance. The heir to the throne is always a prime target for the enemy. This is exactly the reason Saul was so persistent in offering his daughters to David in the first place. He hoped the Philistines would put an end to David before he could snatch the throne away from Saul.

The problem with Saul’s logic was that he forgot how powerful a person is when God’s is fighting for him. The Philistines never stood a chance at victory against David. No matter who he was related to.

Second: David remembered what happened the last time he was in the same room with Saul. Saul tried to start a shish-kabob with David on his spear. A marriage ceremony would definitely bring the two of them together again. Thanks, but, no thanks.

Third: I’m not sure David wanted his lineage blended with Saul’s bloodline. It could get messy when Saul dies as to who people would want to rule next. Does the son-in-law get precedence over the son of the daughter of the king?

It could become a matter of superiority of might and popularity. Sure, David was popular with the people now. But, nobody knew how long Saul would live. Michal’s son could be the more likable candidate to become the next king when that bridge was crossed. Why should David take that chance?

So, what made the difference in David’s mind to convince him to take Saul up on his offer?

Blood

Once Saul declared a dowry for his daughter David couldn’t resist. The Philistines were a stench in Israel’s nostrils at this time. I’m sure David remembered from his teachings from his father how Joshua commanded the people to rid the Promised Land of its inhabitants so they wouldn’t corrupt God’s chosen race.

The Philistines were at the top of David’s list of those who needed to be removed from the land. I know that sounds extremely crude to us today, but, God was serious about this matter then. Purity of His chosen people was of utmost importance to Him.

Purity is the most important aspect anybody must have in order to come into God’s presence. Holy God is purely perfect. Anyone who comes into His space must possess the same quality: perfection.

But, how can anyone who has sinned ever reach that level of purity?

Blood

God knew we would never be able to come to Him on our own efforts. Our frailty was too far from His perfection from the beginning. That’s why He came to us in the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus not only showed us the way we need to treat others, but, He displayed His mastery over creation by His miracles He so effortlessly performed.

His life is so unique because He is like no other person ever born. His father wasn’t the man, Joseph, mentioned in the Christmas story. No, Jesus’ Father is none other than this perfect God we long to come to.

In the most extraordinary event in all of time God came to us in Jesus’ body to give us the ultimate mediator between Him and us.

The blood Jesus shed on the cross built the bridge between us and God. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead gave proof of His ability to conquer our greatest enemy.

Please admit your unworthiness to become a member of the King’s family because of your past. Then, accept Jesus’ sacrifice as your gift of grace from our perfect God to love you into His family forever.

Do that and my closing is for you.

I’ll see you later.   Wade

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About Wade Webster

I'm a full-time truck driver who's been called to write. As I grow in my writing I pray you grow in your walk with Christ. My life verse is John 3:30: (it's where John the Baptist is talking to his disciples about Jesus) "Jesus must increase, I must decrease." I hope that comes through in my writing. Look for a new post every weekend. Feel free to offer suggestions for topics you would like to see me cover. For a taste of my lighter side visit my humor blog http://www.laughoutloudloveourlord.com
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