I have always been captivated by a little passage in 2 Samuel 6. The story is that of King David attempting to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.
The Ark was so significant to Israel. It represented God and His presence among them. The wood and the gold of it’s construction, demonstrating in a vague form Jesus who was to come: Fully man, fully God. It denoted the presence of God and it was holy.
It made perfect sense that David would want the Ark to reside in His capital; the presence of God right in the centre of his administration.
God had clearly laid out how the Ark was to be safely transported. The problem was David didn’t read the instructions. The Ark was supposed to be carried by poles on the shoulders of the Priests. Instead, David transported it on the back of a cart.
All was going well until the Ox pulling the cart stumbled and the Ark was in danger of slipping off. Uzzah, a man walking beside the Ark, put out his hand to steady it and instantly died for His error because He was not allowed to touch the Ark.
David, shocked and angry at God, felt the Ark could not continue to Jerusalem to be with him, so he turned aside and left it in Obed-Edom’s house.
I can imagine the scene now as the cart carrying the Ark arrives in his front yard. “Er, fellas. What are you doing? Hey, hey, hang on, you can’t leave that thing there. Where are you going? Haven’t you forgotten something? Come back! Don’t leave me with this.”
David and his men disappear into the distance and Obed-Edom is left staring at the Ark of God. What on earth must have been going through his mind? I imagine him sort of tentively starting up a conversation with God. “Er, hi God. Well er, make yourself at home. I’ll be out back.” With that He scurries off. The following morning he peeks through the curtains, and yes, the Ark is still there.
Ok, so we don’t really know what Obed-Edom’s reaction was to the arrival of the Ark, but we do know the effect of its arrival. 2 Samuel 6:11:
‘The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.’
God blessed him and his whole household. In fact God blessed him so much that David got to hear about it.
Whatever else we might learn from this passage, one thing is clear. God will bless those who provide a dwelling place for His presence. For Obed-Edom, the Ark’s arrival was a fearful thing. But God poured out His blessing and favour on him and he thrived.
Likewise you are a temple of the Holy Spirit. You are destined to be a dwelling place for His presence. Therefore you are destined to thrive.
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