Friday 11 November, 2016

2 Samuel 6:1-23

6 Again David brought together the best soldiers in Israel. The total number was 30,000. 2 He and all his men went to Baalah in Judah. They wanted to bring the ark of God up to Jerusalem from there. The ark is named after the Lord. He is the Lord who rules over all. He sits on his throne between the cherubim that are on the ark. 3 The ark of God was placed on a new cart. Then it was brought from Abinadab’s house, which was on a hill. Uzzah and Ahio were guiding the cart. They were the sons of Abinadab. 4 The ark of God was on the cart. Ahio was walking in front of it. 5 David was celebrating with all his might in front of the Lord. So was the whole community of Israel. All of them were playing castanets, harps, lyres, tambourines, rattles and cymbals. 6 They came to the threshing floor of Nakon. The oxen nearly fell there. So Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God. 7 Then the Lord was very angry with Uzzah. That’s because what Uzzah did showed that he didn’t have any respect for the Lord. So God struck him down. He died there beside the ark of God. 8 David was angry because the Lord’s great anger had broken out against Uzzah. That’s why the place is still called Perez Uzzah to this day. 9 David was afraid of the Lord that day. He asked, “How can the ark of the Lord ever be brought to me?” 10 He didn’t want to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom. Obed-Edom was from Gath. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in Obed-Edom’s house for three months. And the Lord blessed him and his whole family. 12 King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the family of Obed-Edom. He has also blessed everything that belongs to him. That’s because the ark of God is in Obed-Edom’s house.” So David went down there to bring up the ark. With great joy he brought it up from the house of Obed-Edom. He took it to the City of David. 13 Those carrying the ark of the Lord took six steps forward. Then David sacrificed a bull and a fat calf. 14 David was wearing a sacred linen apron. He danced in front of the Lord with all his might. 15 He did it while he was bringing up the ark of the Lord. The whole community of Israel helped him bring it up. They shouted. They blew trumpets. 16 The ark of the Lord was brought into the City of David. Saul’s daughter Michal was watching from a window. She saw King David leaping and dancing in front of the Lord. That made her hate him in her heart. 17 The ark of the Lord was brought into Jerusalem. It was put in its place in the tent David had set up for it. David sacrificed burnt offerings and friendship offerings to the Lord. 18 After he finished sacrificing those offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord who rules over all. 19 He gave to each Israelite man and woman a loaf of bread. He also gave each one a date cake and a raisin cake. Then all the people went home. 20 David returned home to bless his family. Saul’s daughter Michal came out to meet him. She said, “You are the king of Israel. You have really brought honor to yourself today, haven’t you? You have gone around half-naked right in front of the female slaves of your officials. You acted like a fool!” 21 David said to Michal, “I did it to honor the Lord. He chose me instead of your father or anyone else in Saul’s family. The Lord appointed me ruler over his people Israel. I will celebrate to honor the Lord. 22 And that’s not all. I will bring even less honor to myself. I will bring even more shame on myself. But those female slaves you spoke about will honor me.” 23 Saul’s daughter Michal didn’t have any children as long as she lived.

The moving of the Ark to Jerusalem was such an important event and in 2 Samuel 6 v 28 “So ALL Israel brought up the Ark of the Lord’s covenant to Jerusalem with shouts of joy, the blowing of horns, trumpets, the crashing of the cymbals, and loud playing on harps and lyres”.

Previously they had moved the Ark BUT (v 13b) “We failed to ask God how to move it in the proper way”, so this time around David had specific instructions what to do and delegated to specific people various tasks.  I love the fact that ALL Israel was part of the celebration.

This month as we extend ourselves and move to 2 services on Sunday morning – it reminds me that ‘building a church’ requires everyone to do their part.  It requires those who are reaching out to people with the love of Jesus, loving people into relationship with Jesus, teaching and forming disciples, walking alongside people through their ups and downs, it requires everyone.   We all are given gifts to use in the service of others.  Our unique gift has the ability to reach into and to transform someone’s life with God’s love.  There is always someone who we can pray for, love on, give to, help, encourage, bless and reach out to.

I recently read a book and the final page said:  “Jesus reduced the mark of the a Christian to one word.  “By this all men will know that you are my disciples,”  He said “if you LOVE one another.”  The most subversive act the church can take is constantly to obey that one command.”

Lord we come to you and ask you to help us always to show love and grace in all of our actions and words.  We want to celebrate with you as we fulfil what you have called us to do.  Lead us Lord in all we do.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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