|Posted by Barb on August 16, 2015 at 4:15 PM|
Introduction; for one hundred years the ark of God had been separated from the people. David had it in his heart to bring back the ark... All that remained was to retrieve the ark, place it in the tabernacle he would erect on Mount Zion, and declare Jerusalem the religious center of the nation as well.
David first went with 30,000 men to Baalah of Judah (the same as Kiriath Jearim; Josh. 15:9) to bring the ark from the house of Abinadab. Described as that which bore the name of God Himself, the ark represented the presence of God who dwelled among His people in a special way (cf. Ex. 25:22). As such, it was to be handled with reverence, even in its transportation from place to place. The Law specified that it be carried by Levites who would bear it on their shoulders by means of poles passed through gold rings attached to the ark (Ex. 25:14; cf. Num. 4:15, 20). Even the Levites could not touch the ark or even look in it because of its holiness. Why David overlooked these requirements it is impossible to know, but he and Uzzah and Ahio, two descendants of Abinadab, placed the ark on a cart and proceeded, with great musical celebration, toward Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 6:1-23 (KJV)
1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.
Ø David had to bring his most skilled and important men to stand with him in bringing the ark of God back to Israel because of the importance of the ark. This wasn’t just a box or any old chest this was the Ark of God. Now the word Ark means box or chest and I find it most interesting that the church is usually in a structure of a box a square building, a tabernacle unto God, and if we notice here in
Ø V2. The ark of God whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. Now the ark of God represents his presence. And we can see that this verse says that the ark of God is call by the name of the LORD of hosts, well who is that? Isaiah 48:2 (KJV)
2 For they call themselves of the holy city, and stay themselves upon the God of Israel; The LORD of hosts is his name.
Ø 4 Our aRedeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name,
Ø The Holy One of Israel.
Ø Who is our redeemer church? Jesus! The name LORD means Yahweh and Hosts means army of angels so the so Jesus is whom God gave to be our redeemer and leads the armies, he is the one who dwells between the cherubim. Jesus is his name, he was the lamb who took it all. The mercy seat was were the blood was sprinkled from the priests, Jesus sits on the mercy seat, his presence is there to keep the law locked up where it should be friends. Lol
Ø Now something else that was interesting here is that the lid was over laded with gold, symbolizing, I think, God’s mercy covering over his churches today. God has mercy on us and all our mistakes for he knows we are imperfect people.
3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.
4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
Ø Now it is interesting here why David would choose to disobey what he knew to be truth from God, in how to handle the ark. I wonder, if he thought that sense he was God’s chosen man, that he could do no wrong in God’s eyes? Was he having pride at this time? Or did he just think “hey we have a new cart and it is totally awesome! God would be pleased if we used our new cart to carry the ark. So they thought that their new cart and we could go as far to say “like for today”
Ø Our new program, our new power system, our new projector, music worship video. Whatever it may be! Sometimes I think, we can get so caught up in those items that if they were to go down, for some reason, we wouldn’t know what to do.
Ø Do we as a people put more reliance on them or on God?
o There was a reason why God wanted the ark to be carried the way it was. Does anyone know what symbolism was?
o The ark was designed to be carried (Exodus 25:12-15) and was only to be carried by Levites of the family of Koath (Numbers 4:15)
o "The ark was nothing less than the burden of the Lord, and the burden of the Lord was to be carried on the hearts of the Levites."
o "It is not new things we need, but new fire." (John Wesley) I would have to agree.
o I like new programs as much as the next person, but let’s face it loved ones, we need a fire burning inside us to see the move of God. WE are the ones that revival starts with inside us….How bad do we as a church want to experience God.
v Well look here what they were doing in verse 4 and 5 they were celebrating the presence of God. They were playing all kinds of instruments. Shouting praises to their God. They didn’t care who was around to hear or see. They were bringing the ark home with music, don’t you think this has something to do with why we worship the Lord before we bring His Word. Maybe, huh? Worship comes in all kinds of forms by all kinds of styles. God is a God of variety wouldn’t you say? Just look at all the different types of people and cultures that we live in today. God my friend is not shy on creative ability.
v I once went to a church that had speakers on the floor and a young person came up and while the music was playing he began to beat on the speaker were the sound came out like it was a drum. It sounded pretty good, I though wow now that’s kind of different, creative. He was free in his worship and he didn’t card who was around, you see he was enveloped in the presence of God.
6 And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
o Wow I got to tell yaw, I’m a bit taken back by the reaction of God to Uzzah, I mean he sees that the ark is about to tumble over, so he puts out his hand to steady it, “right”? I mean it’s a normal reaction, the right thing to do, we would think.
o But the thing here is that he knew about the ark and all the regulations that went with it. He also went as far as to think for whatever reason that God couldn’t take care of the ark himself by this reaction. It was like, taken the control from God to himself. So we could say;
1. Uzzah erred in thinking it didn't matter who transported the ark
2. Uzzah erred in thinking it didn't matter how the ark was transported
3. Uzzah erred in thinking he knew all about the ark because it was in his father's house for so long
4. Uzzah erred in thinking that God couldn't take care of the ark of Himself
5. Uzzah erred in thinking that the ground of Nachon's threshing floor was less holy than his own hand
"He saw no difference between the ark and any other valuable article.
8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.
9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, how shall the ark of the LORD come to me?
o The name Perzsuzzah means (outbreak against) because God broke out His anger that day against Uzzah.
o David was angry that day maybe at God maybe at Uzzah, and maybe I think most of all at himself for not seeking the Lord before he decided to bring the ark back. You see if he would have sought the Lord before had and searched the scriptures he would have found the truth. He would have heard from the Lord and death would not have come to this most wonderful time of bringing his presence into Jerusalem.
10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.
12 And it was told King David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.
o David did this in fulfillment of God's word. Obed-Edom was a Levite of the family of Koath (1 Chronicles 26:4). This was the family within the tribe of Levi that God commanded to transport and take care of the ark (Numbers 4:15).
o Now one thing I want you to note is this. The Lord hath blessed the house of Obededom. Why? Why did God bless Obededom so much?
o Because His words were followed out. When the obedience is there you will always receive blessings friend.
o So David hears that the blessings are coming and he learns how to obey what God has said and goes and gets the ark and brings it back to the house of David.
Now we say all the time that God stuck down Uzzah but I want to point out something here, if they would have obeyed it wouldn’t have happened. So it was man that struck down man not God. It was by man’s own making that caused the death.
How many times do we as a people make choices everyday that cause us pain and trouble? I would say many. How many times do we blame God for the things that happen to us, when in all reality, it is by our own choices?
Are we as a people truly finding our answer to our issues in the bible or are we just doing what we seem is right. Seems to me we have scripture that tells us something.
Judges 17:6 (KJV)
6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Proverbs 21:2 (KJV)
2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
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