09 Mar Christ as the Ark (Part 4 of 5)
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) March 9, 2020 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 20:09
Last week we discussed the error of Uzzah, who touched the Ark while he wasn’t supposed to, leading to the wrath of God against him. And as the Ark made its way to Jerusalem, there was a bit of detour to the house of Obed-Edom. This week, we’ll continue our discussion on the journey of the Ark, and what that detour meant for Obed-Edom.
In 2 Sam 6 from the eighth verse, the Bible says the death of Uzzah threw David into some confusion, and was upset because God struck Uzzah, as he couldn’t comprehend why God punished Uzzah’s good intentions. The lesson here is that God cares about both our intentions and actions.
And as the journey continued, David was aware of the importance of bringing the Ark into the center of Israel’s life. He wanted all Israel to be excited about the presence and glory of God. But because of what happened to Uzzah, David knew he needed to rethink the route through which the Ark would get to Israel.
Sometimes we need to take a deep breath and check with God if he wants us to do something differently from his previous instructions. Sure, God told you to do something last year, but what has he told you lately? When last did you hear from him?
Remember the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 17 when there was drought in Israel? God told him to proceed to the brook of Cherith, where ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning evening (1 Kings 17:6). But at some point, the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.
Then God gave him fresh instructions: Go at once to Zarephath where I have directed a widow to supply you with food. So, he obeyed God and headed to Zarephath (1 Kings 17:9-10). Elijah could have insisted that God originally sent him to the brook and could have held on to that “old” word if he didn’t put himself in the position to receive fresh instructions. He didn’t say it is either the brook or nothing. Don’t hold on to where God has departed from.
So, David decided not to move the Ark with him into the City of David; but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom. This was in fulfillment of God’s word. Obed-Edom was a Levite (1 Chro 26:4), the family within the tribe of Levi that God commanded to carry and take care of the Ark (Num 4:15).
The great thing was that as the Ark remained in the house of Obed-Edom, the Bible says the Lord blessed him and all his household, just because of the Ark was stationed there. When God’s word is obeyed, and his holiness respected, blessing followed. When Elijah followed God’s directive and went to Zarephath, there was provision for him. God wanted the Ark to be a blessing for Israel, not a curse. Uzzah’s curse didn’t come from God’s heart but from man’s disobedience.
Will you make 2 pledges this week? 1) That you will at all time walk in obedience to God’s words and 2) That you will at all times ask God to refresh your spiritual ears so that you can be attuned to the new things he wants you to do, so that you will walk in line with the “now word of God,” not the “then word of God.”
Have a great week.