Moving the Ark to Jerusalem II

1 Chr 15:1-29

Some few days back, we read of David‘s first attempt to move the Ark of God to Jerusalem. Uzza was killed in the process when he was trying to prevent the ark from falling over when the oxen stumbled. The same ark however when abandoned at Obed-edom‘s house brought him blessings.

While many questions were raised in David’s mind, coupled with fear and anger, today provides us with new light and understanding of what really went wrong. David now knew that the ark of God was to be carried by no other but the Levites, for it was them whom God had chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him forever. The ark was the symbol of God’s presence and he was here making it known to all that the laws he gave about how the ark should be treated, and who could serve in his presence  (or touch his ark) were obeyed to the letter.

Once beaten, twice wise! This time around, David assembled the children of Aaron and the Levites, called Zadok the priest, and requested that the Levites sanctify themselves in readiness to bring the ark of God to Jerusalem. God must be sought in due order, the previous occurrence could have been prevented if this order was sought.

So, David, with all the elders and the leaders of the people, brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord back to Jerusalem, with singing, dancing, offerings and sacrifices along the way. David was wearing a linen as he danced before the Lord and his people, but Michal, Saul’s daughter despised him for this.

What happens next? Come along with me!

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