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August 8, 2019

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Isaiah 49-53
Audio: Isaiah 49-53

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1 Chronicles 15 (ESV)

David built houses for himself in the city of David. And he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. Then David said that no one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the Lord had chosen them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister to him forever. And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it.And David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites: of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, with 120 of his brothers; of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, with 220 of his brothers; of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, with 130 of his brothers; of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, with 200 of his brothers; of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, with 80 of his brothers; 10 of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, with 112 of his brothers. 11 Then David summoned the priests Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab, 12 and said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites. Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. 13 Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.” 14 So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel. 15 And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord.

16 David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy. 17 So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brothers Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari, their brothers, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; 18 and with them their brothers of the second order, Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and the gatekeepers Obed-edom and Jeiel. 19 The singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound bronze cymbals; 20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps according to Alamoth; 21 but Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead with lyres according to the Sheminith. 22 Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music, for he understood it. 23 Berechiah and Elkanah were to be gatekeepers for the ark.24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, should blow the trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah were to be gatekeepers for the ark.

25 So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing. 26 And because God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod. 28 So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on harps and lyres.

29 And as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and celebrating, and she despised him in her heart.

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  1. Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.

    Seeking God

    In the previous chapter, we learned that David twice "inquired of God" regarding the Philistines. In today's chapter, David corrects a mistake he made three months earlier when he and "all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord who sits enthroned above the cherubim. 7 And they carried the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzzah and Ahio were driving the cart."

    The celebration was cut short when the oxen stumbled and the Lord struck Uzzah down because he put his hand on the ark. David's first reaction was anger before fear set in. He decided against bringing the ark home and instead left it there, at Obed-edom's house (1 Chronicles 13). 

    David corrects this error by following the Mosaic directives for moving the ark (Numbers 4:1-14; Deuteronomy 10:8; 18:5). He said, "You are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites. Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. 13 Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.” 14 So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel. 15 And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord."

    Now that David has sought the Lord according to the rule with the Levites carrying the ark of the Lord, the celebration can continue as the ark is brought back to where it belongs, the city of David. 

    This is an important lesson for us. People cannot claim ignorance regarding what God has revealed in His Word. The Bible has been translated into nearly every language. It's by far the best-selling book of all time. But as I've said many times, it has to be the least read best-selling book of all time. 

    Even people who regularly attend church lack even a basic foundation of biblical understanding beyond what they learn from their pastors. Sadly, many churches today focus on the experiences and benefits of Christianity as selling points to self-seeking people who want a better life without much interest in what the Bible says. 

    If the Bible is used, it is often taken out of context and the difficult passages ignored or explained away by “pep-talk pastors,” who are nothing more than motivational speakers with cool personalities and good looks who stand on stages like they're rock stars. 

    What we need is God's Word because it tells us how we can know God!

    "His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence" (2 Peter 1:3).

  2. I placed myself this morning in the scene here, and thought about the “worship perspective” of each group in the text: 

    1. The larger crowd: a multitude of musicians and worshippers joyfully and loudly following and accompanying the ark of the covenant to its new place in the city of David! I see them swept up together by their shared joy — shouting, dancing, singing, twirling and exulting with passionate celebration that “the presence of God” is among them again. 

    Do I worship God with joy? Am I filled with joy over His salvation? Am I grateful beyond words for His love for His people, knowing we have escaped His wrath because of what He has done for us? Am I embarrassed to be seen as a “fool for Christ”? Am I ashamed to worship God with shouts of joy and loud singing? Do I fear the judgment of those who do not share my joy? 

    O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy.” Psalm 47:1

    “O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD, Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.” Psalm 95:1

    “Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.” Psalm 98:4

    2. Then there are the Levites — feeling full well the gravity of their responsibility as the priestly tribe  — reverently, fearfully and carefully carrying the ark. Having purified themselves beforehand according to God’s law for them, they are keenly and deeply aware of the “wages of sin,” knowing the holiness of God might on this day demand of them their very lives. Humbled by their responsibility…humbled by their awareness of sin…and deeply humbled by their fear of God. 

    Have I become too familiar with God, forgetting His holiness? Do I tremble at the thought of being a teacher of His word? Or do I treat His Word carelessly? Do I fear God? Do I pray for those called by God to preach and teach, knowing the responsibility is great? Am I keenly aware of the wrath of God which awaits those who reject Christ and in so doing, reject God? Does the promise of His coming wrath matter to me in my relationships with those who do not believe? Am I so wrapped up in my celebration of being saved that I have forgotten those who are still lost? Do I pray God will have mercy on those who have fallen away or who “can’t believe” because they can’t see? 

    Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!” Psalm 33:8

    “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.” Psalm 19:9

    “Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1

    3. On the sidelines is Michal, David’s wife, who sits in judgment of her husband as he worships God in a manner she disapproves of. Perhaps she is even embarrassed by his display. The image here is of someone whose heart is clouded by her disdain, preventing her from being an active participant in what should have been a glorious day of worship and celebration for her as well. 

    Do I feel uncomfortable with those whose worship style is vastly different from mine or from what I am accustomed to? Do I judge the worship style of a body of believers who have “grown up in Christ” in a different culture of worship? Am I able to set my own biases and experiences and feelings aside and worship God alongside those who worship Him in a worship style that’s alien to me? Do I see them as the body of Christ, members of that same body, and embrace them with the unity and fellowship and oneness Jesus prayed we would have? 

    For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5

    “Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.” Romans 14:4

    “May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:5-7 


  3. I'm so very grateful to belong to a church that is Biblical. 

    When the "goats and the sheep" were explained to me, I felt like a veil had been lifted from my eyes. It is so absolutely true that so many who call themselves Christians are just going through the motions, and I want to be sure that I know and understand God's Word.  

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