August 6: David and the Ark (2 Samuel 6:1-23)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
We will continue a series based on God's Big Picture: Tracing the Story Line of the Bible, this Sunday in the youth room. This study will focus on the coherency of the Bible, following the specific theme kingdom of God and showing Christ as unifying subject and focus of the Bible. Ray Rutledge and Bo Pritchard will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
2 Samuel 6:6-15
6 And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 And 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. 8 And David was angry because the Lord had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day. 9 And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the Lordcome to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household.
12 And it was told King David, “The Lord has blessed the household 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 rejoicing. 13 And when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened animal. 14 And 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 horn.
David is now the uncontested King of Israel, “for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him” (I Sam 5:10). His enemies are subdued and he has taken Jerusalem as his new capital. He moves now to bring in the ark of God which has been neglected and ignored for generations. David dearly desires the presence of God, which the ark clearly represents. But men do not come into God’s presence on their own terms. God will not be trifled with.
David, and the entire nation, are forced to reckon with “the LORD of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim” (6:2). With their sin acknowledged, they approach God in worship as He has commanded and they break out in unrestrained joy! But Michal, a remnant of the old regime that is passing away, altogether misses the significance of this event.
This passage is rich with gospel themes – the depth of our sin, the extent of God’s holiness, and how man can rightly and joyfully enter his presence. A humble King who makes a sacrifice will lead us in.
Review and Apply
How do you respond when a passage of Scripture confuses or offends you?
How do you resolve the tension of God’s holiness and man’s sinfulness?
Take stock of your worship of God. Would “reverent affection” describe your walk with Him? How do you speak about God? How do you come into church on Sunday mornings?
How do you "practice the presence of the Lord?"
Are you willing to be humiliated and misunderstood in order to pursue a deeper relationship with God?
What assures us of God’s love?