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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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One of David’s first actions as king over the unified nation, was to provide the transfer of the Ark of the Covenant from the country to the ruling capital.

The ark was the supreme symbol of the Israelite religion. Inside it, were the two tablets of stone containing the Ten Commandments. Outside it, between the two gold cherubim on the Ark’s cover, the Lord revealed His glory.

David’s initiative was praiseworthy, to unite the nation around the worship of God. People from all parts of the kingdom came and had a remarkable commemoration. Singing and dancing to the sound of musical instruments, king and people came together to celebrate the transfer of the Ark to a more suitable place.

Uzzah and Ahio were given the responsibility of carrying the Ark in a new cart. However, when the oxen stumbled, Uzzah who was secretly living in sin, reached out, touched the Ark and died instantly. David was very angry with God for having mortally wounded Uzzah. But this experience taught him that God does not consider guiltless someone who disrespects His holiness.

We run the same risk. We have easy access to the Bible, go to church as we please, and often approach the things of God without due reverence.

David feared God. He gave up bringing the Ark to Jerusalem at that time. Something surprising, however, happened. The family of Obed-Edom, who received the Ark, was greatly blessed by the Lord. The blessings were so great that three months later David decided to retrieve the Ark and bring it to Jerusalem.

Sometimes we think it takes much time for God to bless us. The experience of Obed-Edom, shows us otherwise. In just three months the blessings of God upon his house were so notorious that it became evident to all everywhere.

When we give God the prominence He deserves, in a short time great blessings are seen and felt in our lives.

 

Jobson Santos
Adventist Media Center
Brazil