MUSINGS – July 09 2018
DOING THE RIGHT THING WRONG
2 Samuel 6:1-13
David again assembled all the best soldiers in Israel, 30,000 men. He and all the people with him left Baalah in Judah to bring God’s ark to Jerusalem. (The ark is called by the name of the LORD of Armies, who is enthroned over the angels. ) David and his men put God’s ark on a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s home on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab’s sons, were guiding the new cart. They brought it from Abinadab’s home, with Ahio walking ahead of the ark. David and the entire nation of Israel were celebrating in the LORD’s presence with all kinds of instruments made from cypress wood and with lyres, harps, tambourines, sistrums, and cymbals. But when they came to Nacon’s threshing floor, the oxen stumbled. So Uzzah reached out for the ark of God and grabbed it. The LORD became angry with Uzzah, so God killed him there for his lack of respect. He died beside the ark of God. David was angry because the LORD had struck Uzzah so violently. (That place is still called Perez Uzzah The Striking of Uzzah today.) David was afraid of the LORD that day. “How can the ark of the LORD come to my city?” he asked. So David wouldn’t bring the ark of the LORD with him to the City of David. Instead, he rerouted it to the home of Obed Edom, who was from Gath. The ark of the LORD stayed at the home of Obed Edom from Gath for three months, and the LORD blessed Obed Edom and his whole family. King David was told, “The LORD has blessed Obed Edom’s home and everything he owns because of the ark of God.” Then David joyfully went to get the ark of God from Obed Edom’s house and bring it to the City of David. When those who carried the ark of the LORD had gone six steps, David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.
David had the right idea. He was going to return the a
Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. The ark had been captured when the Israelites head tried to use it as a good luck charm in an unsanctified war against the Philistines. They had just gotten the ark back and it was a good idea to take it back to Jerusalem and put it in the Tabernacle. However, David went about it the wrong way. The Lord had given Specific Instructions as to how the ark was to be moved and by whom it was to be moved. David didn’t do that until after a disaster resulted in the death of one of his men.
there is a proverb that’s been around for hundreds of years that says “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
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