1 Samuel 18:17-30
Now you may remember that one of the rewards for defeating Goliath was supposed to be getting to marry one of Saul’s daughters. After David had been leading the army for a while, Saul decides to offer David his daughter as a wife. We aren’t really sure why, possible because he thinks David would feel more loyal that way. We don’t really know, but when Saul offers his oldest daughter, Merab, humble David replies that he is not of high enough social standing to marry the king’s daughter. But apparently the plans went forward, and then just before the wedding he gives Merab to someone else as a wife!! We don’t know why but we do know that Saul hasn’t been thinking very clearly lately!! David didn’t get upset in any way that we know about.
Then Saul finds out that his younger daughter, Michal, actually is in love with David. So he decides he will trap David with this daughter. Saul then had his servants let David know that he is going to let him marry Michal. And once again David says he is unworthy. But the servants tell David that Saul has a plan for David to prove his worth. (Now remember that technically David has already earned the right to marry Saul’s daughter by killing Goliath, but Saul is ignoring that!!)
The plan is for David to bring back proof that he has killed 100 Philistines. Well David is pleased with this idea and sets out. Saul of course is hoping that his “enemy” is going to be killed by the Philistines, however, David comes back with the proof of 200 dead Philistines!! Saul allowed David and Michal to marry but he became more and more afraid of David. However, David continued his godly path and became more and more popular with the people!
So who came out the best here? Saul, with his devious plans to get rid of his enemy? Or David, who stayed humble and followed God’s will? David!! Not only was David protected from Saul’s evil plots, he became more and more favored by the people. God’s way is always the best way!!
Discuss how David may have felt when Saul married Merab to someone else. How did it end up being for David’s good? (He got a wife that loved him) Talk about how God used what Saul meant for bad to bless David and He does the same for us.