THE ARK OF GOD (CONTINUED)
“Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything,” says Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest. He encourages his readers to open the door of their lives to let God in from the first waking moment of each new day. It’s so easy to jump out of bed with our to-do list in mind without even considering what God might have to say. When we learn to “invite” God into everything on our list, we may experience different results. Acknowledging Him in our day…committing all the details into His hands…and inquiring about every decision…will be life-changing.
As we continue reading the story of David and the ark of God, we will see how vital it is to inquire of the Lord. Don’t miss the name “Perez” and its meaning relating back to former lessons. May the Lord speak great truth to our hearts from these passages.
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1 CHRONICLES 15:13
1. What did Uzzah do when the oxen stumbled? What specific instruction had been given in Numbers 4:15 and Exodus 25:12-15?
2. Why was the Lord angry, and what did God do?
3. Why was David angry? What name was given to that place? What did it mean? Do you see a pattern from the names mentioned in previous lessons?
4. What insight does 1 Chronicles 15:13 give to this story?
5. What did David NOT do? How does this speak to you today?
It’s interesting to cross-reference the name and meaning of Perez from Genesis 38 to these places of breakout in 2 Samuel. Perez means “break out” or “break forth.” When David inquired about battles, he won and named the battlefield, Baal Perazim, which meant “the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.”
When David did not inquire about moving the ark of God, the place was called Perez Uzzah which meant, “the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah.” David had set the ark on a new cart as the heathen Philistines had done (without finding out the proper procedure ordained by God), and then celebrated with all his might before the Lord. When the oxen stumbled, Uzzah reached out to steady the ark and God struck him dead. This was not the proper procedure for handling the ark of God which was commanded to Moses by the Lord. Even though the people were worshipping, God broke out in judgment. Seem severe?
I wondered why the results of break out were so different in these two chapters. Why did victory break out in chapter 5 and judgment break out in chapter 6? We find the answer in I Chronicles 15:13 – it was simply a matter of inquiring.
Can you now see why it’s imperative to inquire if we want victory to break out in our life? David presumed he knew how to move the ark, but he didn’t search out the instructions previously given. God commanded His people not to touch holy things. Only the Levites were to carry the ark on poles through its golden rings, but David didn’t follow that command. He followed the example of the Philistines rather than the instructions given in Numbers 4 and Exodus 25. The Bible says he should have inquired.
If we want the Lord to break out with victory in our lives, we must consult Him. We must know what His Word says or search for it. Moving ahead on our own without inquiring of Him is detrimental to our welfare. We should seek His counsel and search His commands before moving ahead in any decision of life. Let’s be a people who inquire of the Lord to make sure God’s victory, and not His judgment, breaks out on our behalf.