"Saul said to Michal, ‘Why have you deceived me so and sent away my enemy so that he has escaped?' Michal answered Saul, ‘He said to me, let me go. Why should I kill you?'"
I Samuel 19: 17, Amplified Bible
"The Danger of Deceit"
"Those who are given white lies soon become color blind."
Have I ever intentionally chosen to deceive someone?
What were the consequences?
How did it make me feel to behave in a deceitful manner?
"A lie consists in speaking a falsehood with the intention of deceiving."
Augustine of Hippo
"Dare to be true; nothing can need a lie; A fault which needs it most, grows two thereby."
I like Michal, David's wife. I find a lot of character in this woman. She was deeply devoted to her husband. She stood up to her vicious father. She spoke her mind. She was clever and could think on her feet. Yes, I really like this girl.
But like every one of us, Michal had some flaws and one in particular was the fact it seems her father's deceitful ways had rubbed off on her. Saul was known for cutting corners and playing loose with the truth. Sometimes this works. At least for awhile. Evidently, not being truthful worked long enough for Saul that his daughter thought she'd use the same technique. First, she lied to Saul's messengers and told them David was ill. Then she deceived these men with an image in the bed designed to resemble a sleeping human's body.
Her scheme seemed to work at first, that is until her dad told the messengers to bring the bed with David in it to him so he could finish David off!
Here's where things got very complicated. Once we tell a lie or plot one deception, it's hard to stop the snowball from rolling down the hill and this is the situation Michal found herself in. When her father found out she had lied to him, he was obviously furious. Over-the-top angry!
He demanded to know why his daughter had lied! Facing and fearing her father's wrath, Michal made the decision to pile lie upon lie! She informed her father the reason she helped David escape was that he (David) threatened to kill her. No where does the Bible say there was any validity to this tale but it worked on Saul and got Michal off the hook.
However, as with any lie, at some point, the truth leaks out. It was the Greek scholar, Aristotle, who said, "The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold." This is certainly true in the lives of Michal and David.
Remember, Saul only wanted David to marry one of his daughters so he could have him killed. David was considered an enemy-of-the-state and of Saul personally. Imagine if you were a father who disliked your daughter's husband, to the point you wanted to kill him. Then your daughter helped your son-in-law navigate around your power. And when you asked your daughter why she would lower herself to assist your enemy she told you, "He threatened to kill me if I didn't." I'll tell you something, if a guy who was my husband threatened to kill me, my dad would have been upset, too! (An understatement!) And so, in the light of day, it seems what once was a small matter, deceiving her dad about David's whereabouts, became a huge thing when Saul was informed by his own daughter that David wanted to kill her.
As several scholars I read observed, it may well have been this lie by Michal, which so infuriated her father, that it became the fuel which fired the viciousness Saul exhibited in pursuing David year after year and trying so hard to kill him.
One lie when accompanied by another and another created an out-of-control inferno of rage and tore a family apart.
The third President of the United States and noted statesman, Thomas Jefferson penned these words, "He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truth without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good disposition." And these words apply directly to girls in God's garden, too!
As the great theologian C. S. Lewis so brilliantly wrote, "A little lie is like a little pregnancy - it doesn't take long before everybody knows." This is why there is always danger in deception, no matter how small the lie or how fearfully big the problem.
"Oh what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!"
Sir Walter Scott
"Thou must be true thyself
If thou the truth wouldst teach;
Thy soul must overflow if thou
Another's soul wouldst reach!
It needs the overflow of heart
To give the lips full speech.
Think truly, and thy thoughts
Shall the world's famine feed;
Speak truly, and each word of
Thine shall be a fruitful seed;
Live truly, and thy life shall be
A great and noble creed."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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