"And Michal took the teraph (household good luck image) and laid it in the bed, put a pillow of goat's hair at its head, and covered it with a bed spread. And when Saul sent messengers to take David, she (Michal) said, ‘He is sick.'"
I Samuel 19: 13, 14, Amplified Bible
"The Genius of Boldness"
"Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Has there been a time in my life when I would describe my behavior as, "Bold"?
What does it mean to me to act, "boldly"?
"The wicked flee when no man pursues them, but the uncompromisingly righteous are bold as a lion."
Proverbs 28: 1, Amplified Bible
"Maps encourage boldness. They're like cryptic love letters. They make anything seem possible."
I chose the quote above for our lesson on boldness because it reminded me of a recent historical program I viewed which was focusing on old maps, traced out by early explorers, as they crossed an unknown country now called The United States of America.
It isn't just in the U.S.A. that we find maps which were drawn by bold men and women who dared to explore uncharted territory. There are also historical documents which map out great expanses of continents worldwide. I've always found myself intrigued by the heart of individuals who have the daring…the bravery…and yes, the boldness to go where no others have ever been.
It takes a special kind of person to be hurled into space for the first time or to climb a mountain that no one has ever scaled or to speak up for truth when others are silent, especially if you are a woman and your place is to be seen and not heard.
This is really the world that Michal was born into. She was a piece of property who was basically owned by her dad and then sold off to her husband. Women's opinions were not the main consideration of any male decisions.
And yet, we find that Michal, the daughter of Israelite royalty, not only stood up to power, but she wasn't afraid to take bold action when power ran off the rails.
When King Saul ordered his family members and household servants to kill David, Michal realized that bold actions were not only required, they would be the only way David's life would be spared. This quick thinking and clever acting woman concocted a unique plan. She put the family "good luck charm" in David's bed, covered it with goat's hair and it became a disguise. In fact, the historian Josephus goes so far as to claim Michal actually took the heart of a goat that was beating and laid it in the bed to throw off Saul's minions when they came calling. While the Bible does not bear out this story, it is a rather unique way to lead people off track, especially when you want them to believe an "alive" David was lying sick in his bed.
During my college years, we had dormitory curfews, something tossed out long ago at most schools. Monday through Friday the curfew was 10 P.M. On weekends, it was midnight. One evening, I kept hearing taps on my second floor dorm window. When I looked outside, I saw a good friend who couldn't get into the dormitory because the front door was locked at 10 P.M. She had a "BIG" problem because this wasn't the first time she had broken the rules. Due to this fact, she was on probation and we knew if she were caught out late, most likely, she'd be expelled from school. Quickly I gathered a few friends together, found a blonde wig the color of her hair, and we went down to her room and created a perfect "Gail" in her bed. When bed-check came, her roommate had the lights turned out and it appeared from the door of the room that two girls were fast asleep. To our delight, our scheme covered up for Gail's behavior and she made it through the first year of school with no further incidents.
I recognize that our college stunt wasn't so bold as to save a life, but at the time, it saved a friend from some severe trouble and to this day, I'm thankful my friend got a second chance to correct her aberrant behavior.
In the case of Michal, she was putting her own life on the line by protecting her husband. Her bold act could have had severe consequences for the spear directed at David could have been turned on her.
As I took a look at what it means to be "bold," I found that there are several very interesting definitions which apply to this word:
1. Readiness to take risks and face danger. Daring and fearless.
2. Too free in behavior. Taking liberties. Imprudent.
3. Prominent and clear.
4. Bright and richly visual.
Going back in time and reflecting on the lives of the women we have studied thus far in our journey from Genesis to I Samuel, if we look at many of these women whose lives we have reviewed and whose behavior we have witnessed, the characteristic of "boldness" is definitely a prominent one. What's more, it wasn't just a boldness that was exhibited in irregular intervals. Women like Jochebed, Miriam, Sarah, Deborah, Rahab, Naomi, Ruth, Jael, Jepthah's daughter and the list goes on and on were women who were not only ready to take risks, but fearless and daring in doing so on a regular basis. These were women who were looked at by their society as imprudent, in fact, their behavior was often considered shameless. However, by the time we would get to the end of these women's lives, much to my surprise, we'd find that instead of being individuals whose lives blended into a pattern of sameness, these women wove a boldness and brightness into the Biblical weaving that shines forth in great beauty for us today.
It is my opinion that the quality of boldness is still an essential element required by God's daughter's today. Please don't misunderstand me, I'm not talking about an unholy, un-Godly boldness that mirrors rudeness. I'm talking about a boldness that stands up for right and that is willing to take on the Pharaoh's of this world like the "life givers" Shiprah and Puah did in Egypt when they, "Feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded" (Exodus 1: 15-20). That's holy boldness!
There's even more to the quality of boldness, for the Bible is clear that when we, as God's children, are "bold" for Him and "boldly" stand up for truth, with love and gentleness in our hearts, mountains are moved and as in the case of David, lives are saved.
"Freedom lies in being bold."
"Who would true valour see,
Let (her) come hither;
One here will constant be,
Come wind, come weather;
There's no discouragement
Shall make her once relent
(Her) first avowed intent
To be a Pilgrim."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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