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Bible reading: 3rd September 2016


Matthew 5.8 cont.

Oh the delight of the pure in heart, for they will see God.

2) The only ones who had the responsibility of carrying the Ark were the Kohathites, and they were not given carts or wagons:

Numbers 7.9:

But he gave none of the carts or oxen to the Kohathite division, since they were required to carry the sacred objects of the Tabernacle on their shoulders – (NLT).

Our Heavenly Father has blessed us with all that we need for living a righteous life. Our brothers and sisters in Jesus may have different gifts, but we should not envy them or try to copy their gifting from God. We really do have all that we need for the calling that each one of us has.

God’s word tells us this:

By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the One who called us to Himself by means of His marvellous glory and excellence – 2 Peter 1.3 (NLT).

3) Uzzah, although a Levite, does not appear to have been a Kohathite. Therefore, he should not have presumed to be anywhere near the ark of the covenant.

Perhaps it is true for us all that we presume a lot of things, and that can get us into trouble.

It might also be said that for a lot of people there is nothing that is sacred. Unfortunately, in churches there are perhaps too many sacred objects, yet an absence of the fear of the Lord.

We may know the saying: Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. This may have been the case with Uzzah. He rushed in to save what he thought would be a terrible thing.

He made the presumption that God could not look after Himself.

There may be times when we try and fight the Lord’s battles, presuming that He needs our help to gain the victory.

Uzzah acted with unclean, impure hands.

It is interesting to note that the name ‘Uzzah’ means strength.

We can see that he acted in his own strength and understanding.

Trusting in our understanding may well mean that we act with unclean and impure hands.

In Proverbs 3.5-6 we read:

[5] Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

[6] Seek His will in all you do, and He will direct your paths – (NLT).


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