1 Chronicles 13 & 14: The Ark Of Our God
Verse of the Day: (13:3) And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.
1. Ark (13:1-14)
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. (13:10)
Time and again God forgave David even though he sinned against Him, and in fact, God even commended him as a man after His heart. (Acts 13:22) One of David’s sins was when he consulted with his leaders as to whether he should bring God’s ark to Israel when he should have just brought it in as God had commanded Moses to build His ark so that He shall dwell among Israel and they shall worship Him. (Exodus 25:8-22) Another of David’s sins was when he allowed his people to put God’s ark on a wagon pulled by an oxen instead of carrying it on their shoulders. God’s command was that only the sons of Kohath should carry His ark on their shoulders, and that they must never touch it. This was why God struck Uzza dead when he held His ark after the oxen had stumbled along the way. (Numbers 4:15) After that, David left God’s ark in the house of Obed-edom as he feared to bring it to Jerusalem. Indeed, let us be holy, as God’s ark, the Holy Spirit, resides within us when we truly believe in Jesus, the Son of God. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
2. Anointing (14:1-8)
And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David. And David heard of it, and went out against them. (14:8)
Though David was anointed as king over Israel, yet he sinned against God by marrying many wives when at the beginning God’s command to man was that he must have only one wife. God gave the first man, Adam, only one wife, Eve, the first woman. (Genesis 2:20-25). However, when David truly repented his sins, and prayed, God forgave him and answered his prayers, by granting him victory over the Philistines. Soon, all the nations feared him. Indeed, let us call upon God, and He shall surely answer us. (Jeremiah 33:3)
3. Again (14:9-17)
Therefore David enquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. (14:14)
Amid David’s failures, God used him in great and mighty ways to lead Israel to overcome their enemies and possessed their Promised Land. Time and again David prayed, and God answered him his requests. Indeed, let us cast all our care upon God, and He shall answer us again and again, because He truly loves and cares for us. (1 Peter 5:7)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that Your Ark, the Holy Spirit, is in me, as I believe in You.