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Friday November 17, 2017 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Annually on November 17

Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian

The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three

months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household. Now King David was told, "The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God." So David went down and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. (2 Samuel 6:11, 12)

David’s fear that God would punish him regarding the ark of God seems to have subsided

with hearing that the household of Obed-Edom was blessed because of the ark being there

for 3 months. The ark was earlier brought on a “new cart” by David and the Lord had

struck Uzzah down because he ventured to hold the ark when the oxen stumbled. (Read 2

Samuel 6 if you do not know this happening). Transporting the ark on a cart was against

God's specific command. The ark was designed to be carried as we read in the book of

Exodus:

Cast four gold rings for it and fasten them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and

two rings on the other. Then make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. Insert

the poles into the rings on the sides of the chest to carry it. The poles are to remain in the

rings of this ark; they are not to be removed. (Exodus 25:12-15)

It was only to be carried by Levites of the family of Kohath (Numbers 4:15).

There a lot of “new carts” being propagated in Christianity these days, but it’s always

imperative that we check whether these line up with the Word of God.

David wanted to do a good thing by bringing the ark to the city of David, but he didn’t do it

the right way the first time. Definitely he must have checked on what went wrong and

when he did it the second time, he made sure that he did it the right way.

When those who were carrying the ark of the LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed a

bull and a fattened calf. David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all

his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with

shouts and the sound of trumpets. As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David,

Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping

and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart. They brought the ark of the

LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David

sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the LORD. (2 Samuel 6:13-17)

God was pleased, but this time his wife was not. Well, one can’t please everyone. Better

please God than man.