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Friday, April 29, 2011

Just How Obedient Do We Need to Be?

So, King David decides to bring the ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. He has a new cart built that will carry it. He celebrates in grand fashion rather short journey to the city. The cart hits a rough spot in the road, Uzzah steadies the ark with his hands and dies.

King David got very angry with God for this but God had prescribed how the ark was to be moved. It wasn't supposed to be placed on a cart.

Doesn't this apply today? Shouldn't we avoid things that God has told us were sins? Shouldn't we obey Him in how we raise our families, run our churches and act in our personal lives? How far can we deviate from what He has told us to do and still be within His will?

Uzzah was a part of the priesthood and should have known that the ark was to be carried. He consented to the cart. He paid dearly for his incomplete obedience. But, then again, isn't that an oxymoron? Isn't incomplete obedience another way of saying disobedience?

Obviously, God wants to obey Him. Obedience is obeying Him completely. Finally, David had the ark moved in complete obedience. He had learned his lesson.

Could we also learn a lesson here?

1 Chronicles 15:13-15 (ESV)
13 Because you did not carry it the first time, the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.”  14 So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel.  15 And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.

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