2 Samuel 6:1-11 & 1 Chronicles 13:6-14

 

King David assembled 30,000 men to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. He had the ark placed on a cart pulled by oxen which was contrary to God’s prescribed instructions. During transport the ark became unstable when the oxen pulling it stumbled so one of the men escorting the ark named Uzzah reached out and held the ark. God was angered by this irreverent act so struck him down. David was angered by God’s wrath against Uzzah. However, David was wrong here. He had set the stage for this tragedy. God had specific instructions on caring for the ark and transporting it. Ex 25:12-15; Num 4:5-6, 15. David did not follow those  instructions. Consequently, Uzzah lost his life after he touched the ark when God acted swiftly to protect his holiness before the people. God is sovereign. God is holy. His ways are higher than our ways. We ought to follow his laws. There are consequences when we don’t.

 

- Russell Henna

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