Wednesday - August 24, 2016
Woodlawn Family Bible Study
If you listened closely, you could have heard the rumblings in the crowd. Spectators shouted, “Did you see that? I can’t believe it! God just stuck him dead on the spot! This can’t be...he was only trying to help. Why would He do such a thing?” Second Samuel 6:5-8 tells about a day meant for celebration, instead turned tragic as Uzzah lay dead on the ground. All he was trying to do was steady the Ark of the Covenant to keep it from falling and being damaged, right?
Sometimes what we don’t do is just as important as what we do. Uzzah was a priest, a direct descendant of Aaron himself. He had been trained in the ways of the priesthood and knew the protocol for caring for and transporting the Ark, or at least he should have known. The protocol for Ark transport is clear in Exodus 25:12-15 and Deuteronomy 10:8. It was to be carried by the priest on wooden poles. Why was Uzzah transporting the Ark of the Covenant – the representation of the very presence of God – on a cart? Whether this was a command from David or Uzzah’s choice, it was the wrong decision. God’s wishes were completely ignored when they chose convenience over commandment.
The question isn’t really, “Why did God kill Uzzah?” The real question is, “Why does He allow us to live?” How often do we simply ignore God for opinion’s sake or convenience? Uzzah treated the Ark of the Covenant as a very common piece of furniture and did not respect or revere it, as it was intended to be
Application: Before we become too critical, ask yourself similar questions: How often do you treat the laws and commands of God as a common thing? How often do we select convenience over commandment? The lesson is simple: God means business! Let’s make sure we make Him our priority and never treat Him as something common!