2 Samuel 6

2 Samuel 6 has David gathering many of his best soldiers to bring the ark to Jerusalem which was an important step towards providing a central place of worship for all of Israel.  He brought together 30,000 of his best men.  “David arose and went with all the people….to bring up from there the ark of God” to Jerusalem.  They “carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab….Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving” the cart.

Along the way, “Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled…the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God”.  There was a problem with the oxen as they came to the threshing floor and were pulling the cart up onto it.  But touching the ark was forbidden, and the price was death.  Uzzah died for touching it.  David was frustrated with God that He took the life of one of his men who was just trying to take care of this most precious item.

So David decides not to bring the ark into his city but rather places it in the house of Obed outside the city.  But after hearing that God was blessing Obed, “David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing”.  He brings it into the city with much celebration and offered sacrifices and offerings as part of the ceremony.  David was leading the celebration of singing and shouting and leaping and dancing before the Lord.  It was a very big party.

David’s wife Michal didn’t appreciate David’s exuberant worship. She felt it wasn’t dignified for the King of Israel to express his emotions before God.  “Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself”!  She lets David have it and did not appreciate how he chose to show off before the other women.  David defends his actions and scripture notes that Michal “had no child to the day of her death”.  It may not have been a punishment for her actions, but it certainly was not a way to create marital harmony.

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One response to this post.

  1. Arlin thank you for these posts. I learn so much and gain new thoughts by reading each of them. May God bless you and give you guidance to continue on this path. Kathy

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