Monday, April 30, 2012
Welcome to Day 120 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
2 Samuel 6, the Ark of God is brought to Israel with much rejoicing.
1 Chronicles 13:3 “Let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we did not inquire of it during the reign of Saul.”
v 7 “They moved the ark of God from Abinadab’s house on a new cart, with Uzzah and Ahio guiding it. 8 David and all the Israelites were celebrating with all their might before God, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, cymbals and trumpets. 9 When they came to the threshing floor of Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled. 10 The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.”
Matthew 17, Moses and Elijah appear to Jesus, Peter, James and John… Jesus heals a boy, rebukes the disciples for their lack of faith, instructs Peter regarding the temple tax… Sends Peter fishing to get the money to pay the tax. From the mouth of a fish?
It may initially appear unjust that Uzzah died unjustly, due to reaching out to steady the Ark… the problem wasn’t that, it was more that this was not the way God had instructed them to move the Ark. They were supposed to use poles to carry it, not put it on a cart pulled by oxen. (Keep in mind these instructions were given to Moses 400 years earlier.)
Numbers 4:15 states, “After Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy furnishings and all the holy articles, and when the camp is ready to move, the Kohathites are to come to do the carrying. But they must not touch the holy things or they will die. The Kohathites are to carry those things that are in the Tent of Meeting.
It’s hard for us to grasp Uzzah’s death until we put it in its proper context… God is holy and requires obedience. Seems simple enough to follow the instructions as to how to carry the ark. However, it’s hard to know if they knew this… I’m wondering if they just didn’t have the poles? Or were the gold rings even still attached to the Ark. Were these instructions common knowledge? Did they have a scroll of Numbers?? Were they so excited to have the Ark back that they just didn’t handle it with its proper care?
Seems to me that if David knew, he would have insisted that it be carried properly. To offer a burnt offering every six steps while being transported improperly makes no sense to me.
It can be difficult to reconcile these issues… and to know how to apply them to our lives 3,000 years later, while living under a different covenant.
I always look for the timeless principle in any passage, to answer the question, “How does this apply to my life today?”
It’s about obedience and holiness. But how do obedience and holiness fit under the new covenant? Well, first, obedience is obedience either way. God says it clearly. We do what he said. Holiness is imparted to us under the new covenant… but our behavior still can be either holy or unholy, depending, right? It doesn’t change our standing before God… He still sees us as righteous, because of the work Jesus did on the cross.
But still, when he said, “Don’t touch any of the holy things.” it seems pretty simple to me.
Don’t touch them.
Lord, help me to never have disregard for your holy things… help me to keep my hands off the things you would rather I not touch.