2 Samuel 6:12-16..12 Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark of God.” David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.
Originally, the ark was housed in the tabernacle, where it represented the presence of God in the holy of holies A. After the conquest of Canaan, the tent of meeting was set up in Shiloh B. The army sometimes took it with them when they went out on a military campaign C. They brought it near to the battle during a war with the Philistines, but they lost both the battle and the ark. God struck the Philistines with the plague, and for some time they moved the ark among their cities trying to escape the plague, but they finally sent it back D.
The Israelites neglected the ark during Saul’s reign E. The ark was moved from place to place. David tried to move the ark to Jerusalem but did not consult the Lord and did not obey the Lord’s command about how to move it. He abandoned the task after God struck down Uzzah for touching the ark with his hand. Angry and afraid, he disposed of the “new cart” H and David left the ark at the home of Obed-edom F.
As “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” G, David’s fear for the Lord brought him to a point of obedience. He came back with the right ark-bearers and carried the ark of God back to Jerusalem the way God had commanded. I This move was filled with the Lord, sacrifices, dancing, and singing and shouting.
Let us pray that God the Holy Spirit would convict us of our sin, just like He did David; so that we may repent, bear fruit, experience the joy and freedom of the Lord and offer Him the worship and praise He deserves.
Notes: A- Exodus 40:2-3; B- 1 Samuel 1:3; C- Judges 20:26-27; 1 Samuel 4:12-18; 14:18; D- 1 Samuel 4–6; E- 1 Chronicles 13:3; F- 2 Samuel 6:5-11; G- Proverbs 1:7; H- 2 Samuel 6:3; I- Exodus 25:14- 15; Numbers 4:15; 7:9; Deuteronomy 10:8; 31:9, 25;
Henry Luke 6/23/2018
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