David moves the Ark of the Covenant.
VERSE 2. David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is of the LORD our God, let’s send word everywhere to our brothers who are left in all Eretz-Israel, with whom the priests and Levites are in their cities that have pasture lands, that they may gather themselves to us.
that they may gather themselves to us. David already conquered Jerusalem from the Jebusites. He already renamed the city for himself. He already made it the capital of Israel and Judah.
Now he is making Jerusalem the religious center as well.
VERSE 3. Also, let’s bring the ark of our God back to us again, for we didn’t seek it in the days of Saul.”
let’s bring the ark of our God back. The ark had been housed at Beth Shemesh and Kiriath Jearim from about 1104 to 1003 BC. That was about 100 years.
Jerusalem is to be its permanent resting place.
VERSE 4. All the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
VERSE 5. So David assembled all Israel together, from the Shihor River of Egypt even to the entrance of Hamath, to bring God’s ark from Kiriath Jearim.
VERSE 6. David went up with all Israel to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath Jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there God the LORD’s ark that sits above the cherubim, that is called by the Name.
called by the Name. The presence of the LORD God is associated with his name.
VERSE 7. They carried God’s ark on a new cart, and brought it out of Abinadab’s house; and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.
They exhibit great pageantry.
VERSE 8. David and all Israel played before God with all their might, even with songs, with harps, with stringed instruments, with tambourines, with cymbals, and with shofars.
shofars. Or “trumpets.”
VERSE 9. When they came to Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled.
the oxen stumbled. The Ark was in danger of falling to the ground. So Uzzah reached out to steady it.
That was a deadly mistake:
VERSE 10. The LORD’s anger burned against Uzza, and he struck him because he put his hand on the ark; and he died there before God.
he put his hand on the ark; and he died. How were the Levites to move the Ark of the Covenant? They were to do it with poles:
Exodus 25:13. You shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold.
Exodus 25:14. You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark.
But in this case, the oxen stumbled. The Ark was in danger of falling to the ground. So Uzzah reached out to steady it.
For that he was struck dead. Right there. Immediately.
VERSE 11. David was displeased, because the LORD had broken out against Uzza. He called that place Perez Uzza, to this day.
VERSE 12. David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring God’s ark home to me?”
VERSE 13. So David didn’t move the ark with him into David’s city, but carried it aside into Obed-Edom the Gittite’s house.
VERSE 14. God’s ark remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months; and the LORD blessed Obed-Edom’s house and all that he had.
three months. The delivery of the Ark of the Covenant is delayed by three months.
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