Text: 2 Samuel 6:1-19
The possibilities of topics to preach on from 2 Samuel 6:1-19 are almost unlimited. In almost every single verse there is a sermon within a sermon. Take verse one: “David again brought together out of Israel chosen men, thirty thousand in all.” Now, let’s just stop right there. For a woman preacher, especially one who tends toward the feminist approach, she could go off on just that one verse: “David AGAIN brought together out of Israel chosen men…” Even the bible names that once again women were second-class citizens not worthy of being named or included. And this is not the only part of this particular story that raises the issue of women’s role in the bible, religion, and society. As a matter of fact, the story ends with possibly one of the most convincing theological case studies of the power of patriarchy in the bible. Three times, in the biblical story, Michal is given to a man as wife for political reasons. There is no question that her story is one of being used for claims other than her own-a very familiar storyline with women in the bible. Like so many biblical women, her claim of love was given no power in her world. Such stories, throughout all of scripture, highlight the oppressive nature of biblical patriarchy on women. That’s a sermon and I must admit one that I don’t easily let go of. But it’s not the word for today.