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Week 15 Day 4
Many questions arise as we read the Bible
Why would God do that?
How come one person is favored by God and another is rejected?
Some things that we read seem neither
And we can't understand the ways of God!
The Bible is a call to faith--
to believe even when we don't understand
to believe in a God who loves each one
and always works toward the good
of all he created.
There was nothing hard-hearted about David
David loved much
he loved living
he loved people
he loved God
David didn't always love wisely or love well
Yet he always came back
to his primary love
which was God
When David danced with all his might before the Lord
it sounds like a restoration
of David's relationship with God after a period of anger and doubt
Maybe that's what made it so joyful and celebratory.
THE ARK OF GOD Does it bring life or death? Blessing or curse? II Samuel 6
1David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty
thousand, 2and arose and went with all the people to bring
up the ark of God. 3They set the ark of God on a new cart,
and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the cart. 5Then David and all the house of Israel played music before
the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on
stringed instruments, on tambourines, and cymbals.
6When they came to Machon's threshing floor, Uzzah put
out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen
stumbled. 7Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against
Uzzah, and God struck him for his error; and he died there by
the ark of God. 8David became angry because of the Lord's outbreak against Uzzah.
9David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, "How
can the ark of the Lord come to me?" 10So David would not
move the ark into the City of David; but took it aside into the
house of Obed-Edom the Gittite, where 11the ark remained
three months. And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his
household. 12So David went and brought up the ark of God
to the City of David with gladness. When those bearing the
ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and
fatted sheep. 14Then David danced before the Lord with
all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.
16Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and
saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord, and
she despised him in her heart.
17So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its
place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected
for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings
before the Lord, 18and he blessed the people in the name of
the Lord of hosts. 19He distributed among the whole of Israel,
both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.
20Michal came to meet David and said, "How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself in the eyes of the maids, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!" 21David said, "I will play music before the Lord, 2and be even more undignified than this, and will be humble. As for the maids, by them I will be held in honor." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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