Continuing our previous discussion, what does the Bible say about how a husband and wife are to serve each other? How are we “equal but opposite”, both fitting together perfectly in the Body of Christ? Mike and Nancy look at two wives in the Bible as examples of what to do and what not to do (Michal in 2 Samuel 6:16-23, and Abigail in 1 Samuel 25:23-34).
Michal | 2 Samuel 6:16-23 (NLT) Read on bible.com
16 But as the Ark of the lord entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the lord, she was filled with contempt for him.
17 They brought the Ark of the lord and set it in its place inside the special tent David had prepared for it. And David sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings to the lord. 18 When he had finished his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the name of the lord of Heaven’s Armies. 19 Then he gave to every Israelite man and woman in the crowd a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people returned to their homes.
20 When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!”
21 David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the lord, so I celebrate before the lord. 22 Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!” 23 So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life.
Abigail | 1 Samuel 25:23-34 (NLT) Read on bible.com
23 When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed low before him. 24 She fell at his feet and said, “I accept all blame in this matter, my lord. Please listen to what I have to say. 25 I know Nabal is a wicked and ill-tempered man; please don’t pay any attention to him. He is a fool, just as his name suggests. But I never even saw the young men you sent.
26 “Now, my lord, as surely as the lord lives and you yourself live, since the lord has kept you from murdering and taking vengeance into your own hands, let all your enemies and those who try to harm you be as cursed as Nabal is. 27 And here is a present that I, your servant, have brought to you and your young men. 28 Please forgive me if I have offended you in any way. The lord will surely reward you with a lasting dynasty, for you are fighting the lord’s battles. And you have not done wrong throughout your entire life.
29 “Even when you are chased by those who seek to kill you, your life is safe in the care of the lord your God, secure in his treasure pouch! But the lives of your enemies will disappear like stones shot from a sling! 30 When the lord has done all he promised and has made you leader of Israel, 31 don’t let this be a blemish on your record. Then your conscience won’t have to bear the staggering burden of needless bloodshed and vengeance. And when the lord has done these great things for you, please remember me, your servant!”
32 David replied to Abigail, “Praise the lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you to meet me today! 33 Thank God for your good sense! Bless you for keeping me from murder and from carrying out vengeance with my own hands. 34 For I swear by the lord, the God of Israel, who has kept me from hurting you, that if you had not hurried out to meet me, not one of Nabal’s men would still be alive tomorrow morning.”