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Christian Family Values System | Foundation | Lesson 1

I Value the Presence of God in My Home

The average person wants a home that’s blessed. The problem is we want God’s Blessings without respecting His Boundaries.

Dr. Oscar T. Moses

2 Samuel 6:1-12 KJV
Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. [2] And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. [3] And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. [4] And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. [5] And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. [6] And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. [7] And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. [8] And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perez–uzzah to this day. [9] And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me? [10] So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obed–edom the Gittite. [11] And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obed–edom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obed–edom, and all his household. [12] And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed–edom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed–edom into the city of David with gladness.

Big Picture: “When The Presence of God is valued in your home; your home will be blessed!”

Context

David knew that families of Israel would never be blessed until the Ark of the Covenant was restored to its rightful place. So he led his army to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant from the house of a man named Abinadab. The Ark was vital to worship in Israel because it represented the Presence of God. The word Ark means “chest or box.” The Ark was a box of wood that measured 45” long and 27” wide by 27” high. This Ark was overlaid in pure gold, topped by a golden grate called the Mercy Seat, on either side of the Mercy Seat, were two golden cherubim. Inside of the Ark was a golden pot of manna; Aaron’s rod that budded and the two tables of the Law that were given to Moses at Mount Sinai. The Ark, symbolic of God’s presence, was often carried into battle in front of the soldiers. The Ark was critical and significant to their total lives, their worship and their relationship with God. 1

The Problem

The Ark had not been among the people for 75 years; and, as a result, neither had God. 75 years earlier, the Ark had been taken by the Philistines. God punished the Philistines all the time the Ark was in their possession. After 75 years, David retrieved the Ark and the plan was to get it back to Israel.

Problem In The Transportation

The problems arose when David attempted to transport the ark; although his motives were right his methods were wrong. His solution was to place the Ark on a new cart and allow the cattle that pulled the Ark to take it back to Israel. David’s first problem was disobedience: He did not obey the Lord’s command; either he forgot or ignored the clear command of God as to how the Ark was to be transported. The Ark was to be lifted by means of two golden staves which were to be passed through golden rings fashioned on the corners of the Ark as stated in Exodus 25:14-15. The Ark was then to be lifted up and carried upon the shoulders of a family of Levites known as the Kohathites, as stated in Numbers 3:30; 14:15; 7:9. David’s second problem was disregard: He did not seek God’s face. Up to this moment, David has always gone to the Lord for guidance and direction. Time and time again, David asks the Lord for help. Here, he does not seek the Lord, but he assumes that God will bless him because he is doing a good thing. David’s third problem was death: For the first two miles of their journey, all was well, and then the oxen shook the cart and threatened to dump the Ark off the cart. At this point, one of Abinidab’s son’s, Uzzah, reached out his hand in an effort to steady the Ark and prevent it from falling. This seems like an innocent gesture, but apparently God did not agree. He killed Uzzah on the spot! Why would God be so severe? The answer is clear: the Ark was not only supposed to be carried only on the shoulders of the Kohathites; it was never to be touched by 2 human hands, as stated in Numbers 4:15. The penalty for touching the Ark was death, as Uzzah and David quickly found out. David’s fourth problem arose in verse 8; he was displeased! He was displeased because he disagreed; He did not agree with what God did. David became angry at God in His judgment of Uzzah. It was not God’s fault but David’s. For David had not obeyed the clear instructions, the explicit commands of God for moving the Ark. David memorialized the sight by naming it Perez Uzzah which means “outburst against Uzzah.” David did one thing right; He delayed the process of transporting the Ark. Why? Because at this point David was afraid to take the Ark any further. David knew he had to do something with the Ark until he went back and received divine instructions from God. There was a man named Obed-edom there that was in the right place at the right time. We don’t know much about him other than the text says “David carried the ark aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months; and the LORD blessed Obed-edom, and “all” his household”. David’s disobedience regarding the ark resulted in a delay of a blessing but in the interim, these blessings came upon Obed-edom. When David closed the door to God, Obed-edom opened his door and God blessed him as a result. Obed-edom saw Uzzah struck dead for touching it, and perceived that David himself was afraid of it; yet he invites the Ark into his home and the Lord blessed him and “all” his household. The same hand that punished Uzzah rewarded Obed-edom. The Jewish historian Josephus says that, “Whereas before Obed-edom was poor, on a sudden, in three months, his estate increased, to the envy of his neighbors.” 3 The text teaches us the obviousness and the origin of Obed-edoms’ blessing: The obviousness of the blessing: Verse 12 says, “It was told King David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed-edom.” The evidence was plain and everyone saw it! Everybody knew without question about the blessing upon Obed-edom. The origin of the blessing: “The LORD hath blessed the house of Obed-edom because of the ark of God.” Those who reported to David about the blessing upon Obed-edom knew the reason why he was blessed. Since the ark represented the presence of God, the real origin of Obed-edom’s blessings was God. Obed-edom’s home was blessed because God was in it!

Questions

1. Why did David want the Ark of the Covenant back among God’s People?

2. What does the Ark of the Covenant represent?

3. Why was the anger of the Lord kindled? 4. Who was Obed-edom the Gittite? 5. What happened to Obed-edom’s household?

Application Questions

1. Why is it important for Christian families to have a Christian Family Value System that invites the presence of God in the home?

2. How does honoring God in the home set boundaries in everyday life?

3. Describe some God-centered boundaries in your home?

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