Mar. 7, 2021. II Samuel 6:12-19

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THE ARK MOVES TO JERUSALEM. II Samuel 6:12-19.  3/7/2021. #14.

II Samuel 6:12-19

12 Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house 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 gladness. 13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. 14 Then 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 trumpet. 16 Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. 17 So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 18 And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. 19 Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.

  1. Reset
    1. David had attempted to move the Ark with an ox cart
      1. The result was the death of Uzzah
      1. David was both angry and terrified
    1. David thought that he was doing a good thing
      1. Bringing the Ark to Jerusalem should please God
      1. David desired to reunite the Ark ŵ the Tabernacle
    1. David took 3 months to figure out what went wrong
      1. Was God angry with him for moving the Ark?
      1. Was God angry with Israel?
      1. Was there secret sin in the camp?
    1. David made 3 fatal errors:
      1. Unlike with the battles with the Philistines, David did not ask God if he should move the Ark
      1. David did not inquire of the priests how the Ark should be moved
      1. David took it upon himself to move the Ark, when moving the Ark was exclusively the job of the priests
    1. David is told that the house of Obed-Edom had been blessed after the Ark was placed in his house
      1. David concluded that God was not angry at Israel
      1. David again makes preparation to move the Ark
      1. David has had 3 months to figure out his error
  2. The Ark moved properly
    1. The proper Levites bore the Ark by its poles
    1. After 6 steps, the procession was stopped so a sacrifice to
    1. God could be made
    1. David and Israel were joyous
      1. David wore a linen ephod (breastplate) and danced before the Lord (apparently in his loin cloth-vs. 20)
      1. Israel shouted, sang, danced, and worshipped
    1. The Ark is safely carried to the Holy of Holies in the Taber.
      1. David then hands out treats and blesses the people
      1. This was the high point of David’s life
  3. Storm over the castle
    1. Not everyone was happy about David’s behavior
      1. Queen Michal was mortified, embarrassed beyond belief and utterance
      1. As she watched from a castle window she loathed her husband for embarrassing her
    1. Michal expected the king to be dignified and demure
      1. The abandoned joy of David was unseemly and immodest in the eyes of his wife
      1. Michal was called Saul’s daughter (an important distinction at the end of the chapter)
      1. Michal had saved David’s life, but her love had turned to repulsion
    1. Several aspects in worship that should be considered:
      1. Not everyone worships God in the same fashion
      1. There is no absolute right and wrong between  those who worship in a stately, dignified way, considering the holiness of God and those who celebrate God with boisterous joy
      1. Some occasions call for somber reflection and some for celebratory exaltation
      1. Cultures and personalities vary in expressions
      1. There are lines that should not be crossed in irreverence, immodesty, and crudeness
    1. David and Michal are destined to have a showdown at home