“So they carried the ark of God on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets. And when they came to Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God.”
I Chronicles 13:7-10 NKJV
“So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel. And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders, by its poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord.”
I Chronicles 15:14-15 NKJV
Caution: Hazardous materials
In these perilous times, the Scriptures have been mishandled, as many have viewed them as buffet, where they can take a spoonful here and there, and pick and choose what they want to believe, and or obey. There are those who choose vaguely worded bible versions that offer them flexibility to continue in the sins they love with no apparent conviction.
Many are twisting and allegorizing the Scriptures to the degree that they have placed themselves in spiritual danger, because they have departed from the true meaning, and have not heeded the warnings within.
I read about David, meaning well, desiring to move the Ark of God from Kirjath Jearim to Jerusalem, to be housed in a place he had provided. In the enthusiasm of the moment, David and those with him built a new cart in which two carry the Ark. Unlike in other times, David not consult God, and the outcome was tragic.
The Ark of the Covenant is type of the word of God, for in it was the law and other items that gave the children of Israel a reminder of God’s work among them and His presence.
Followers of Jesus have the word as their Ark of sorts, for in it is presence of God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
John 1:1-4 NKJV
They were seeking to handle the things of God according to their own will, and not that by which was commanded by God. They did all the visceral things that one might expect. They sang, played music, before the Lord with all of their might. I have often found that doing things with great might, with little to no regard for the Spirit can have awful consequences.
As a percussionist, I have found myself in “worship” settings where music was played with great energy and talent, but the hearts of most involved were far from the worship of God. The outcomes of those situations have proved calamitous, as there were great moral failures and a general disintegration of the effort.
Many of us lived lives of disobedience and I don’t think we understood the danger in which we had placed ourselves.
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness.”
II Timothy 2:15-16 NKJV
We are in a world when the word of God is actively being ignored and obfuscated to to fit whatever world view the reader may have. It has been used as a cudgel to subdue people whose sins are different, to a justification for continued carnal sin. Many have found themselves echoing the serpent in the garden, inquiring of Eve.
“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?””
Genesis 3:1 NKJV
The serpent sowed a seed of doubt into the mind of Eve, and she ate, as did Adam, and all humanity died. The corruption of that moment has cost the world everything, and even nature mourns that horrible moment.
I thank God that we have a record of what God has said and done, and that Jesus went to the cross for our sins, died a death for sinners, that we can have access to God. He left us His Helper, the Holy Spirit to guide us with His Holy Word. The inspired word of God, rightly handled, has the power to convict the sinner, and save the soul.
It has the power to explore our inner most parts, even the hidden areas where we mistakenly think the Lord cannot see.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, let us use caution in handling the word of God, recognizing that it is glorious and life giving when rightly divided, but deadly if twisted, obfuscated, or ignored. There are blessings and curses in word, and great rewards for doing what it says.
Take the time daily to read the word of God. Pray over it as you read, asking Holy Spirit to open your heart and mind to its instruction. Then obey what it says.
“How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”
Psalms 119:9-11 NKJV
Have a fabulous Friday!