¶ And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds,
and with every leader.
2 And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the LORD our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us:
3 And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.
|1 - Consulted This move of good administration is not mentioned in the parallel account.|
| 4 And all the congregation
said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all
.5 So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjathjearim.
.6 And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjathjearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the LORD, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it.
| 5 -
All Israel 30,000 chosen men 2sa0601.
6 - Baalah Also known as Kirjath-jearim. jos1509, jos1814. The ark was taken there when returned by the Philistines.
6 - Between the cherubims See 1sa0404, 2sa0602, ps00801, is3716.
And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab:
and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.
8 And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
| 9 ¶ And when they came
unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the
ark; for the oxen stumbled.
10 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.
|9 - Uzza put forth The ark represented the holy presence of God and, in handling it, death was the result of error. nu0419. Compare nu0151, nu0415, ex1913.|
| 11 And David was displeased,
because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called
Perezuzza to this day.
12 And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?
- David was displeased This was wrong for David. It is natural for
the question of God's justice to arise. We may take the position of not
understanding but never may we sit in judgment over the Judge of the universe.
In this case, the holy presence of God had been brought close. To interfere
in any way is inexcusable transgression ex3320.
12 - Bring home to me David's focus was wrong. His motive was apparently selfish.
| 13 So David brought not the
ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the
house of Obededom the Gittite.
.14 And the ark of God remained with the family of Obededom in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the house of Obededom, and all that he had.