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FRAMEWORKS: 2 Samuel 6: The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

 

v.1-2 David Plans to take the Ark to Jerusalem

v.3-7 A Mishap and Uzzah dies

v.8-11 David abandons the enterprise

v.12-15 David tries again – the right way

v.16-19 David brings the Ark into Jerusalem

v.20-23 Michal is displeased

 

 

v.1-2 David Plans to take the Ark to Jerusalem

 

v.1 David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand.

v.2 He and all his men went to Baalah in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark.

 

[Notes: Now he is becoming more established in Jerusalem, David realises that the ark of God is located elsewhere in Israel and determines it should be brought there.]

 

 

v.3-7 A Mishap and Uzzah dies

 

v.3 They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart

v.4 with the ark of God on it, and Ahio was walking in front of it.

v.5 David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.

v.6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled.

v.7 The Lord's anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.

 

[Notes: They go to collect the ark on a cart but on the way back there is a mishap and one of the followers reaches out to steady the ark and dies on the spot.]

 

 

v.8-11 David abandons the enterprise

 

v.8 Then David was angry because the Lord's wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.

v.9 David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, “How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?”

v.10 He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.

v.11 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.

 

[Notes: The result of this is that David realises he should respect the Lord and so leaves the ark at a nearby home where it stays for the next three months.]

 

 

v.12-15 David tries again – the right way

 

v.12 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 to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.

v.13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.

v.14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might,

v.15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

 

[Notes: Hearing of the way the Lord had blessed that home, David resolves to collect the ark, giving a lot more thought to it, and thus offers sacrifices to the Lord all the way back, while he worships the Lord with dancing and the sound of trumpets.]

 

 

v.16-19 David brings the Ark into Jerusalem

 

v.16 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.

v.17 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.

v.18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord Almighty.

v.19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.

 

[Notes: As they enter the city, Michal sees David dancing and thinks this is not what a king should do. They set the ark in the Tent of Meeting, now in Jerusalem, and in celebration David gives everyone there celebratory food.]

 

 

v.20-23 Michal is displeased

 

v.20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

v.21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord's people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord.

v.22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”

v.23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

 

[Notes: When he gets in, Michal speaks down at him for his ‘common' behaviour. He rejects her attitude and it would appear they were estranged for the rest of her life.]

         

 

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