Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

2 Samuel 6:1-12 NLT
[1] Then David again gathered all the elite troops in Israel, 30,000 in all. [2] He led them to Baalah of Judah to bring back the Ark of God, which bears the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, who is enthroned between the cherubim. [3] They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s house, which was on a hill. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab’s sons, were guiding the cart [4] that carried the Ark of God. Ahio walked in front of the Ark. [5] David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the LORD, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments—lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals. [6] But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand and steadied the Ark of God. [7] Then the LORD’s anger was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him dead because of this. So Uzzah died right there beside the Ark of God. [8] David was angry because the LORD’s anger had burst out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means “to burst out against Uzzah”), as it is still called today. [9] David was now afraid of the LORD, and he asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of the LORD back into my care?” [10] So David decided not to move the Ark of the LORD into the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath. [11] The Ark of the LORD remained there in Obed-edom’s house for three months, and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and his entire household. [12] Then King David was told, “The LORD has blessed Obed-edom’s household and everything he has because of the Ark of God.” So David went there and brought the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the City of David with a great celebration.

Reflection . . .

Many have wondered about this story and why God’s anger burned against the Abinadab’s son Uzzah to put him to death. Wasn’t he doing a good thing by steadying the Ark of God? That’s what would be first in our thinking, but God’s instructions for all the items from the Tabernacle were important for them to follow, especially the Ark. No one was to physically touch the Ark of God and there were specific instructions on how to move it and who was able to carry out that role.

This story teaches us that obedience to God’s instructions is essential for receiving His blessing. It also teaches us that reverence for God is key to walking in obedience to His commands and His will. So many, even Christians lack a healthy reverence for God. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 1:7). When our “fear of the Lord” is lacking, our own judgement and desires (which may seem logical in the moment) take precedent in our actions and end up lacking wisdom.