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May 20, 2019

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

Text: 2 Chronicles 35-36
Audio: 2 Chronicles 35-36

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2 Samuel 6 (ESV)

David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim. And they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. And Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart, with the ark of God, and Ahio went before the ark.

And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the Lord, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day. And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household.

12 And it was told King David, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing. 13 And when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened animal. 14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.

16 As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart. 17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it. And David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 18 And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts 19 and distributed among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins to each one. Then all the people departed, each to his house.

20 And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” 21 And David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord—and I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes. But by the female servants of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.” 23 And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

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  1. The Holiness of God

    In today's chapter, we learn a valuable lesson about the character of God, namely His holiness. In the midst of celebrating before the Lord Uzzah grabbed the ark of God to save it from falling when an oxen stumbled. We might think to ourselves, "Good save, Uzzah", but "the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God" (2 Samuel 6:7). 

    Does the Lord's reaction seem a bit excessive to you? A bit extreme? After all, wasn't Uzzah just trying to save it from being damaged? If we go back to the book of Numbers, we will learn that touching the ark was in direct violation of God's law. 

    "And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, as the camp sets out, after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry these, but they must not touch the holy things, lest they die" (Numbers 4:15). 

    Not only was touching the ark a volition of the Law of God, it was punishable by death! 

    In writing about Uzzah being struck down by the Lord after attempting to prevent the ark from falling, a devotional from Ligonier Ministries offers the following insight:

    "[Uzzah's] lack of regard for the Lord is evident in that the ark was being carried on a cart instead of the priests’ shoulders, which utilized the poles crafted for the holy vessel’s transport (Exodus 37:1–5; 1 Chronicles 15:1–15). Furthermore, while Uzzah’s motivations were likely “good” (he probably did not want the ark to get dirty), he foolishly presumed his sinful hands were cleaner than the ground.

    "The mystery is not that God pours out His wrath on sinners. The mystery is that our holy Father puts up with transgressors at all. It is a wonder that the Lord is long-suffering, since to Adam he only promised wrath (Genesis 2:16–17). God cannot, and will not, comprise His holiness, but He can mercifully substitute Christ’s righteousness, which His people so desperately need. May we never believe our Holy Lord owes us this grace (Romand 9:15), for if we were to get what we deserve, His wrath would fall immediately on our heads."

    You can read the full devotional here: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/holiness-and-justice/

    I also commend the FREE video series "The Holiness of God" by R.C. Sproul from many years ago:

    https://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/holiness_of_god/the-importance-of-holiness/

    This is an incredible teaching series that will expand your understanding of God's holiness and may change the way you understand God forever. 

    David's Reaction

    2 Samuel 6:8 says that, "David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah."

    He was so afraid of the Lord that he didn't want the ark near him and he sent it to the house of Obed-odem for three months. During that time, "the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household" (2 Samuel 6:11). 

    In his Study Bible, John MacArthur writes about David's anger towards God saying it was, "Probably anger directed at himself because the calamity resulted from David’s own carelessness. He was confused as to whether to carry on the transportation of the ark to Jerusalem (1 Samuel 6:9) and would not move it, fearing more death and calamity might come on him or the people (1 Samuel 6:10). It is likely that he waited to see the wrath of God subside before moving the ark."

    MacArthur, J., Jr. (Ed.). (1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed., p. 435). Nashville, TN: Word Pub.

    Sometimes we don't understand what God is doing in a given situation and we may find ourselves angry at God. We might not agree with something God did (or didn't do) and if we're not careful, we may find ourselves sitting on the throne judging God. 

    Imagine that. Fallen people holding the Holy Lord God Almighty in contempt!

    If we do every find ourselves angry with God, we should go to Him and pray. Ask Him to help you overcomes your anger by guiding you in His Word. Ask Him to help you understand or find peace and contentment in Him because out ways are not God's ways. 

    If we humble ourselves before the Lord, we might realize we are angry because we want God to do things our way instead of us doing things His way. Even if not intentional, I think the seeds of anger are stuffed in our pockets more often than we might realize. 

    Father, help us empty our pockets of any seeds of anger. Keep us from treating you with contempt. Give us a glimpse of your holiness through your sanctifying work in our lives to make us holy because you are holy. In Jesus' name, Amen.
     

  2. It used to be that I was angry at God all the time. 

    Things never worked out my way, and I didn't understand then that God was disciplining me. I also wasn't putting two and two together and asking myself this: "Why would God want to bless you when you are disobeying Him and grieving the Holy Spirit in practically every move you make?"

    I've come to learn so much at Love and Light Christian Church, and the way my eyes are opening to see things from a completely new perspective has turned my life into one of wonder and gratitude. 

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