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Moving The Ark

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20 February 2024

Ignorance may impair the decision making of an ignorant person. That is why we must not neglect to seek for wisdom in the important key areas of our lives.  Most people accepted the fact that God created the whole universe. Many people do not care to know this Creator of Heaven and Earth. Many do not bother to seek Him to know what He likes and those things He does not like.  Once upon a time in the life time of man, God established a relationship with the nation of Israel. Many of the citizens of the nation did not know God regardless of the fact that He did so many miracles to prove Himself among the nation.  King David stood out among the nation. He did everything within his power to relate with the Living God. He endeavored to draw near unto the Creator. The need arose that the king desired to bring the Ark to the city of Jerusalem. For clear understanding of this topic we need to know that the Ark of Covenant denotes the presence of God.

A man-made best arrangement was made by the king but not according to the will of God. “And they set the Ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. (2 Samuel 6:3) And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. (2 Samuel 6:6-7) Undue familiarity breeds contempt. Uzzah might have had good intention to ensure that the Ark of God did not fall from the animal to the ground, but it was not according to the word of God. The word of God categorically stated that no one should touch the Ark of Covenant except the family designated to bear the Ark.

There was an express commandment of God relating to how the Ark of Covenant should be transported from one place to the other. “And the chief of the house of the father of the families of the Kohathites shall be Elizaphan the son of Uzziel. And their charge shall be the ark, and the table, and the candlestick, and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary wherewith they minister, and the hanging, and all the service thereof.” (Numbers 3:30-31) Human being, the family of the Kohathites is commanded to bear the Ark of Covenant and the holy items in the temple. The Ark must never be transported upon an animal.

The king was afraid because of the incident that led to the death of Uzzah. He then commanded that the Ark of God be put in the house of Obededom the Gittite, a non-Israelite person dwelling in the outskirts of the city. “And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.”(2 Samuel 6:11) The presence of God is precious. A precious child of God does not leave the precious assets in the hand of stranger because of fear. For instance, if one rich man fearfully put millions of dollar in a fixed deposit account of a stranger for three months. Obviously, the account of stranger will be enriched with several thousands of dollar in terms of accrued interest when the money is taken out. That was what happened when King David commanded that the Ark of Covenant be put in the house of Obededom the Gittite. The Lord blessed the innocent person that was forced to be in charge of the Ark for those three months.

The Lord must be honored, worshipped and adored according to His own terms. He does not deserve the second position in our lives. There is a chair at the apex of your heart. Whoever occupies the chair is the Lord of your life. The commandment of God is very specific concerning this: “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deuteronomy 6:5) “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30) The Lord does not belong to the forgotten background in your life because of your pursuit of worldliness. He is to occupy the preeminence position in our lives at all times.

The Ark of the Lord was finally put in His rightful position in the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem according to the desire of King David. Where do you place the Ark—the presence of God—in your life today? Has He been kept in a forgotten corner in your day to day life because of pecuniary reasons? Is He in the far isolated distance away from you? Or is He in close proximity and in a close-knit relationship with you in His rightful position in your heart? I pray that we will have a holy and faithful relationship with our Creator. Our merciful Father will grant us the needed wisdom on how we go about this important decision, in Jesus name, Amen.

Prayer: O Lord, I pray that with my right-hand of righteousness, a right attitude within and a faithful spirit, let me be able to put You in the position of preeminence in my life. Heavenly Father, let me place Your Ark, which is Your divine presence in the rightful position at the apex of my heart in Jesus name, Amen.


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