Today’s passage: 2 Samuel 6
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” – Proverbs 1:7
- God had commanded the Ark to be carried only one way (Numbers 4:15, 7:9).
- In Uzzah’s death, God’s holiness, faithfulness and justice were defended. He is not to be trifled with.
- David’s fear drove him to God’s Word. Once David saw God’s wrath had subsided, he went and got the Ark according to God’s written command.
- The people of Israel got to see a king who was willing to repent, obey God’s commands, worship without fear of what people might say, bless people in God’s name, and be more interested in their love for God than for himself. David was not a perfect man, but this was a good day.
- Michal’s rebuke of David might have sounded righteous without knowing the context. But her accusations were false, embellished, and based on a system of right and wrong not of God’s design.
Questions to consider:
- This passage doesn’t say exactly who David was angry with when Uzzah died. Who would it make sense for David to be angry with? Who had previously moved the ark with a cart and animals? Was it God’s fault? Was it the Philistine’s fault?
- Did God change from verse 7 to verse 13? What changed? Why was David right to dance in worship with all his might? Why is it only right for us to follow Jesus with all our might today?
- Who gets to decide how Christians ought to act? Who gets to decide how Christians spend their time and resources? (1 Corinthians 10:31)