1 Samuel 19:8-18
Saul treated David fairly for a little while, but then they went back to war with the Philistines. David did his job and fought the Philistines and defeated them again. However when he returned the spirit of jealousy overtook King Saul again and he tried to kill David with a spear as David played music. David was able to escape again and fled home. Yet King Saul sent messengers to David’s home with orders to kill him in the morning. But David’s wife, Michal, who was also Saul’s daughter, found out about the plan and helped David escape during the night by letting him down out of a window.
After David left, Michal put a statue in David’s bed with goat hair on its head to look like hair. When the messengers came to get David, she lied and told them he was sick. They went back to King Saul, told him and then Saul said for the messenger to bring David, bed and all, so he could kill him. Well when the messengers came back they realized that it was really a statue. King Saul then asked Michal why she tricked him this way and she lied again! This time she told her father that David had threatened to hurt her if she didn’t. Meanwhile, David has safely escaped to Ramah where the prophet Samuel is and they find a safe place to stay.
But are Michal’s lies okay? We understand why she told them. The first time she was trying to give David plenty of time to get away and the second time she was afraid what her father might do. But is that okay? No! Lying is a sin! Both times when she lied she basically decided God needed help protecting His people! God could have made sure the messengers didn’t catch up to David and God could have protected her from her father. She did not need to lie to protect David or herself. Michal need to trust God to do His job!!
Play 2 truths and a lie: Each person makes 3 statements, 2 that are true and 1 that is not. Everyone else tries do decide which is which. Remind your kids that false statements make for a fun game but are wrong in life!