The Ark


Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh.  Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.  So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel.  David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.  In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.  2 Samuel 5:1-5

Israel acknowledges David as the warrior of their deliverance, and one of their own.  They remember that Samuel anointed him, and that God promised to use him to shepherd Israel.  They accept him as king, and he rules for 33 years.  He continues to build the kingdom.

And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither:  Thinking, David cannot come in hither.  Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.  And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind that are hated of David’s soul, he shall be chief and captain.  Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.  So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David. And David built round about from Millo and inward.  And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.  2 Samuel 5:6-10

The city of Jerusalem was occupied by some egotists who taunted David with insults.  They claim he can’t take the city even if it is defended by wounded warriors.  He charged his troops to mow down the lame and the healthy enemies alike, and they did.  Jerusalem became a capitol of Israel, and it would be the place of worship.

And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they  built David an house.  And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel’s sake.  And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David.  And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon,  Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia,  And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet.  2 Samuel 5:11-16

David is being honored by the king of a neighboring city.  Hiram built David a fine house and God blessed his family with growth.  He had sons by many wives, but not by all of them.

But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David; and David heard of it, and went down to the hold.  The Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.  And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.  And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters.  Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim.  And there they left their images, and David and his men burned them.  2 Samuel 5:17-21

The Philistines know that David really is a threat, and prepare for war again.  David again gets confirmation from God before engaging them.  They used idol firewood to light the night.  The Philistines never learn though, and they are still stirring up Israel to this day.

And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.  And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.  And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.  And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.  2 Samuel 5:22-25

God Tells David to flank the enemy and wait for a signal to attack their rear.  The trees must have spoken, because David again wins the day.  He decides to return the ark to his new capitol city.  It has been a long time since Moses moved the ark, and the Law of priestly duties has not been used for years.

Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.  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.  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.  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.  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.  2 Samuel 6:1-5

Moving the ark on a cart, Israel is moved to celebration in music with joy.  Israel rejoices but this is not entirely as God intends. 

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.  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.  And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.  And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?  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 Obededom the Gittite.  And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.  2 Samuel 6:6-11

The ark should be moved only by the Levites carrying it, not on a cart.  One man who is not a priest tries to steady the ark and dies on contact with it.  The fear of God halts the procession while David considers what to do next.  Evidence suggests that blessing is on the host household.

And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, 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 Obededom into the city of David with gladness.  And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.  And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.  So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.  2 Samuel 6:12-15

This time the ark is carried, and with joy they make sacrifices.  David is wearing a priestly garment, an ephod, and dances to the music and shouts of joy.  Not everyone sees the joy of the Lord in this.

And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.  And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.  And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.  And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.  2 Samuel 6:16-19

The ark and the Tabernacle are reunited and offerings are made to bless the people.  This is a celebration of the Holy Spirit, filling the entire population with encouragement.  God participated with blessings evidenced along the way.  Yet a few souls cannot see the Holy Spirit or understand his work.  David was married to one. 

In later years the “Son of David” is questioned by the people of his own community and family:

Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.  But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.   Mark 6:3-4

David comes home intending to bless his own home with the joy overflowing from the Holy Spirit.  Another spirit greets him.

Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!  And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.  And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.  Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.  2 Samuel 6:20-23

To give credit to Satan for the good work of the Holy Spirit is a dangerous act.  It will be tried again in another time.

But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.  And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:  And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?  And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.  But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.  Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.  He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.  Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.  Matthew 12:24-32

Michal reached into the work of God with a false accusation that offended David and his God.  She would not become the mother of the nation of faith.  The line of Messiah would come from another.