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Daily Reading: 2nd September 2016

 

Matthew 5.8 cont.

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

It is thought that David wrote this Psalm 24 when the Ark of the Covenant was being transported from the house of Obededom to the city of David.

We read of this is 2 Samuel 6:6-8.

[[6] But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah put out his hand to steady the Ark of God.

[7] Then the LORD’s anger blazed out against Uzzah for doing this, and God struck him dead beside the Ark of God.

[8] David was angry because the LORD’s anger had blazed out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means “outbreak against Uzzah”). It is still called that today – (NLT).

It is possible that the ‘clean hands’ of Psalm 24 may refer to Uzzah, who reached out and took hold of the ark of God.

As we have read, the ark was being transported on a cart drawn by oxen.

When the oxen stumbled Uzzah reached out to steady the ark of God.

However, there was a problem of their own making in this situation, which will become clear as we read Number 4.15, where they are told that they must not touch the sacred objects:

When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the sacred utensils, the Kohathites will come and carry these things to the next destination. But they must not touch the sacred objects, or they will die. So these are the objects of the Tabernacle that the Kohathites must carry – (NLT).

Obviously the ark of God was a sacred object.

The way in which David had organized the moving of the ark of God was a massive mistake by him and the Israelites.

1) Firstly the Ark of the Covenant should not have been transported on a cart, new or old. It should have been transported on the shoulders of the priests, the Levites. By placing the ark on a cart they had ignored the word of God.

We do this at our peril.

God has given us His word to preserve our life. He has given us His word to bring us blessing. He has given us His word to lead us to walk in the clean ways of righteousness. He has given us His word to keep our hands clean before Him.

Therefore, we must listen to Him.

Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will remain forever – Matthew 24.35 (NLT).

 

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