Sunday, October 25, 2015

2 Samuel 6

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Samuel 6. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • The ark of God was Israel's national treasure.  David set out to bring the ark to Jerusalem.  
  • Everything went well until the cart carrying the ark reached the rough and rocky threshing floor of Nacon.  In an effort to protect the ark, Uzzah reached out and touched the ark.  
  • Touching the ark was a capital offense and so God struck Uzzah dead.  
  • After Uzzah's death, David refused to take the ark to Jerusalem.  But later he went back to get the ark and handled it the way God instructed.  
  • David's first wife, Michal, despised David and took issue with the way he worshiped God as they brought the ark into Jerusalem.  

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • According to Numbers 4:5-15, the ark was to be moved only by the Levites, who were to carry it using carrying poles.  They were never to touch the ark itself.  However, David placed the ark on a cart.  Uzzah, though sincere in his desire to protect the ark, had to face the consequences for the sin of touching it.  As David desired to bring Israel back into a relationship with God, God reminded the nation that enthusiasm must be accompanied by obedience to his laws.  The next time David tried to bring the ark to Jerusalem, he handed it correctly.  
  • Michal's contempt for David probably did not start with David's entrance into the city.  Whatever the reason, this contempt escalated into a difficult confrontation.  Feelings of bitterness and resentment that go unchecked will destroy a relationship.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • While God accepts us as we are, our obedience to Him matters.  Is there an area in your life where you need to take God more seriously and surrender your desires in favor of His will for your life?  
  • Are there feelings of bitterness or resentment that you need to let go of?  For a spouse, a parent, a child, a co-worker, or a neighbor?  Take a step today towards forgiveness and reconciliation.