The Blessing Of The Ark

11 The Ark of the Lord remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his entire household.
2 Samuel 6:11 (NLT)

After David won his battle against the Philistines, he led his troops to Baalah of Judah to get the Ark of God, which the Philistines had seized and subsequently returned. The Ark was placed on a cart and moved back to the capital. There was a huge procession there. The Ark’s journey became a carnival. People were playing musical instruments and they had a lot of fun. Along the journey the oxen that was pulling the cart stumbled. The Ark was about to fall off the cart. So, a man called Uzzah who was assigned to take care of the Ark reached out his hands to steady the Ark in order to prevent it from falling to the ground. Disaster struck.

The Lord killed Uzzah instantly. The carnival stopped. David was very angry with the Lord for doing that. He even named that place to commemorate the event. Then, as he got back his senses, he became afraid. Obviously he did not want any more deaths in the journey. So, he cancelled the trip and placed the Ark at the nearest possible household. It happened to be the house of Obed-edom of Gath.

Let us stop here to review to lessons to be learned here.

I am sure the most pressing question here is why did the Lord kill Uzzah? What did Uzzah do wrong that deserve a death penalty? The oxen stumbled and Uzzah did his best to hold the Ark. Was that wrong?

In order for us to understand this, we will have to look at how the Ark was designed for transportation. Let us see what the Bible says.

14 Insert the poles into the rings at the sides of the Ark to carry it.
Exodus 24:14 (NLT)

God designed the Ark to be carried on the poles by the priests. That was how the Ark was carried from Moses to Joshua’s time. The Ark was never to be transported in a cart. The Philistines were the ones who used cart to carry the Ark back to Israel after they found out that the Ark caused a lot of troubles for them. They used the cart because they did not know Exodus 24:14. David did not have this excuse. Anyway, the Philistines did not die from it because there were no one at the cart to steady the Ark when they transported the Ark to Israel. David used the wrong way to transport the Ark and caused the death of Uzzah.

This means Uzzah did not die because he was evil. He died because he broke God’s law at that time. Is it fair? Put is this way. Anyone who jumps from the roof of a 50-storey building will fall and die. It does not matter whether this person is good or bad, man or woman, the color of the skin, religion, culture or any other factors. The law of gravity says anyone who falls from great height will die. It does not care for other factors like whether this person is good or bad. It is impersonal. Welcome to the real world.

This was how Uzzah died. It was not personal. Uzzah died because he had unintentionally broken God’s laws. God’s laws do not know the difference between intentional or unintentional violation. The law of gravity cannot tell the difference between those who jumped intentionally or unintentionally. This is why we have accidents. Not everyone who fell from height was committing suicide. Some were accidents.

The lesson for us here is, we should use common sense in our daily lives. The law of nature is impersonal. The way we use it will result in either good or bad in our lives. Just because you pray, read the Bible and listen to Jerry Savelle’s CDs a lot, it does not mean you should close your eyes when you cross the road. Of course, God is committed to protect you from harm. This is why he gives you common sense and your senses. When you see vehicles moving at your direction, don’t cross the road. Obey traffic rules. If there is a pedestrian overhead bridge or underpass, use it. These are God’s way of protecting you from being hit by a car.

It applies to every area of your lives. Use common sense to take advantage of God’s laws in your life. Common sense is a gift from God for our prosperity, health, long life and success in every are of our lives. Thank God for it.

The story does not end there. After David had decided to stop the journey, he decided to store the Ark at the nearest possible household, Obed-edom’s house. What happened to this family when the Ark was there?

11 The Ark of the Lord remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his entire household.
2 Samuel 6:11 (NLT)

The entire household was blessed. What does that mean? I came from a religious church where the word “bless” has no meaning. It is like “hi”, a form of greeting. Some theologians will tell you that sometimes God will bless you with poverty and sickness to teach you his grace. Are they right? Let us look at what the Bible says about blessings.

22 The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.
Proverbs 10:22 (NLT)

This is another “dangerous” verse that theologians would love to erase from the Bible. The verse says when you are blessed by the Lord, you are rich and have no sorrow. So, when 2 Samuel 6:11 says the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his entire household, it means the entire household got rich. They had wealth flowing into them for the entire three months. I am sure all their neighbors would have wished they kept the Ark in the first place.

How blessed was Obed-edom and his entire household? They were so rich that even the king heard about it.

12 Then King David was told, “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s household and everything he has because of the Ark of God.” So David went there and brought the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the City of David with a great celebration.
2 Samuel 6:12 (NLT)

This tells us that Obed-edom’s blessings are not limited to spiritual alone. The blessings must be so obvious that even King David who lived far away knew about it.

The lesson for us here is, God always wants to bless us. The Ark represents the presence of the Lord. If you are a Christian, you are sealed with the Holy Spirit. You are the Ark. Every believer is an Ark of God. If Obed-edom could get rich by being close to the Ark, why not us Christians when we are the Ark ourselves. We should be blessed. We should be rich. We should be so rich that even the head of state will get notice of us. This is God’s will for our destiny on earth. The blessing of the Ark is on you. Will you obey him?

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3 Responses to “The Blessing Of The Ark”

  1. Daniel George Says:

    Dear Chee

    I hope you are doing well. I care about you as a person. I probably can’t meet you before but i wan’t to see you in heaven and worship God with you. I have things to say to you but not just to argue. I hope you can believe that i do care about you.

    How does God feel when the law of gravity is broken? Does the bible tell us? Do You think that He burns with anger toward the person who fell off a 50 story building?

    I ask that because of what you said about Uzzah. God’s response to Uzzah’s sin is recorded in 2 Samuel

    “the anger of The Lord was kindled against Uzzah” let me copy for you the definition of anger;[*StrongsHebrew*][00639]
    639 ‘aph af from 599; properly, the nose or nostril; hence, the face, and occasionally a person; also (from the rapid breathing in passion) ire:–anger(-gry), + before, countenance, face, + forbearing, forehead, + (long-)suffering, nose, nostril, snout, X worthy, wrath. see HEBREW for 0599

    Also for kindled [*StrongsHebrew*][02734]
    2734 charah khaw-raw’ a primitive root (compare 2787); to glow or grow warm; figuratively (usually) to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy:–be angry, burn, be displeased, X earnestly, fret self, grieve, be (wax) hot, be incensed, kindle, X very, be wroth. See 8474. see HEBREW for 02787 see HEBREW for 08474

    I think that my sin is worse than Uzzah’s but God was merciful to me and He has punished Jesus in my place. I will never have to bear God’s wrath because He poured it out on His Son.

    The fact that God is Holy and yet merciful to His people is far beyond our comprehension. If you make a God who complies with our sense of fairness and logic you may not have the God of the Bible.

    Daniel

  2. Yeap Chee Seng Says:

    I prefer a God who obeys his own laws. I live by faith that my God does not get angry at random and kill anyone he likes in the name of holiness and beyond comprehension.

  3. Tan Meng Leong Says:

    Hi Chee Seng,

    God was really angry at Uzzah when he tries to balance the Ark, as written in the Bible. Let’s instead examine why was He angry with such simple, innocent and even helpful action?

    In the Old Testament, I found 3 instances of recorded death relating to the Ark. First was in 1 Sa 5:6-11 where great destruction was on Philistine cities. Second was in 1 Sa 6:19, where fifty thousand and seventy Levites were smote when the Mercy Seat was lifted. Third was in 2 Sa 6:7, where Uzzah was smote, trying to steady the Ark.

    The first instance of slaying teaches us about the judgment of God against the ungodly, the Philistines in this case. Thank God that Jesus came to save the ungodly (Rom 4:5). We, though are gentiles, can now come close to God in the because of our Righteousness in Christ.

    The second instance of slaying is very severed, because God is serving a sever warning on the deadliness of ministry of Law (1 Cr 15:56), because not only the few who lift up the Mercy Seat (symbolize the disregarding of Christ’s redemptive finished work) and look at the tablets (the Law) in the Ark, but all those around them! Beware of the ministers of death who attempt to reveal the Law, which brings death not only to themselves but also those around!

    In the third instance, Uzzah was trying to steady the Ark. The act was totally innocent and even needful in the eye of man, but not God, who is jealous to guard the Gospel of His Son. Ark speaks of our Lord Jesus that solely justify our righteousness, and another human effort (self-righteousness) is deadly.

    Stay focus on Jesus and let not your heart be troubled. All blessings will then be drawn to you, who are in Christ.

    Have a Jesus centered 2009 and stay blessed, Amen.


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