The jeer of sarcasm, and the retort of piety
“Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal... came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose... to appoint me ruler... over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord. .”
2 Samuel 6:20-22
Happy is that man and blessed is he. He has received a treasure from God, the like of which could not be bought for diamonds. That man is blessed of the Most High; he is heaven’s favourite, and he may rejoice in the special favour of his God.
But when it is the other way, and I know it is the case with some of you, then it is a sore trial indeed.
Perhaps, though a careful, cautious, prudent, and excellent worldly woman, she cannot see with you in the things which you love in the kingdom of God, and when you have done something which in the excess of your zeal seems to be but little, she thinks it inordinate and extravagant. “Oh,” says she, “do you go and mix with these people? Does King David go and wear a linen ephod like a peasant? Do you go and sit down with that rabble? You? You can stand up for your dignity—put ‘esquire’ after your name, and yet walk in the street with any beggar that likes to call himself a Christian.
You,” says she, “you that are so cautious in everything else, you seem to have lost your head when you think about your religion.”
9 April (Preached 8 April 1860)