We started talking about 2nd Samuel 6:1-9 which is a shocking passage of Scripture on Monday. Monday we specifically looked at the first two verse and saw that David assumed that he should bring the Ark of God back but never sought God on it. We talked about how we always need to seek out what God wants. Tuesday we looked verses 3-5 and saw the whole idea of total obedience and not having selective obedience. Yesterday we looked at verses 6-7 and the stumble and touch which was about intentions and obedience.
Today we look at the last of the posts on 2nd Samuel 6:1-9 by looking at verses 8-9. 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. 9 David was now afraid of the LORD and asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of the LORD back into my care?”
What does David get angry about? We aren’t told why he was angry on this day but there are some ideas: It could be that David was angry with himself because he should have known better than to carry the Ark on a cart, and his careless actions had brought about the death of a man. He could have been angry with the Lord for slaying Uzzah instead of honoring the Israelite’s hearts’ desire to serve and worship the Lord, regardless of the fact that they weren’t following God’s commands concerning the carrying of the Ark. It could be that David was angry just because the Lord did not allow him to have his way in this situation; after all he was worshipping the Lord with great passion. It could have been he couldn’t understand why his good intentions were not enough and understand why God would kill Uzzah. How many times have you had similar thoughts and had similar talks with God as some of these?
Here is what we need to get; God is concerned with both our intentions and our actions. The intentions of David and the people of Israel were good ones but the actions taken were poor, sloppy, full of assumptions, and disobedience. Just because you have good intentions does not mean everything is going to turn out right and the way you want too, especially when you factor in you did not go to God and you made assumptions.
Just be reminded that David wanted to bring the Ark back which was good. David did not seek God, did not check the Law to see what needed to be done, acted in ways that went against God, and was flat out disobedient to the who, what, and how to move the Ark. This a picture of a good intentions and actions that were less than stellar. We need to learn from this and not only have good intentions but have actions that match.
What do you think David was angry about?
I pray you were encouraged by looking at these verse this week and I got something special for you tomorrow.