Since the fall, God’s plan has been to restore relationship with mankind. Before the time was right for Jesus to emerge as our Savior, God spoke to Moses to oversee the fashioning of the Ark of the Covenant; a chest made of wood, overlaid with gold, with cherubim positioned on the lid. The Ark was to carry the presence of God and it was the place God met with Moses.
The Levites were to be the only ones allowed to carry the Ark, when it was to be moved. 1 Samuel 4 tells the story of when the Ark was captured by the Philistine army and taken to the city of Ashdod. There, the people experienced the destructive power of God because they were not in covenant with Him. They became sick with tumors, naturally out of fear, the Ark was then sent to Gath, but destruction followed the Ark to that city also. Eventually, the Ark was sent away and came to the house of Abinadab, a Jew.
Many years later, King David, desiring to bring the Ark to Jerusalem, brought a contingency of officials to carry the Ark to Jerusalem. Abinadab’s two sons, Uzzah and Ahio, also traveled with the company. When on the journey home the cart hit a bump in the road, Uzzah stretched out his hand to steady the Ark. At that moment, God struck him dead.
David was both angry and afraid of God because of this. Cutting the trip short, David sent the Ark to rest in the home of Obed-Edom. After about three months, news reached David that Obed-Edom was prospering greatly because of the presence of the Lord. David wanted that same blessing for all of Jerusalem and set out once again to bring the Ark home.
But something was different this time. Though David had been angry, I believe it inspired him to seek God, to search the scrolls and discover what had gone wrong before. He discovered from the Word of God that the Ark was only to be physically carried by the Levites, with poles made especially made for the Ark.
Have you ever wondered why your prayers aren’t being answered, or why issues in your life are not working out? Perhaps it’s time to seek God; to read His Word and discover the answer. God could have allowed Uzzah to live, having mishandled the presence of God, perhaps because David had good intentions in bringing the Ark back to Jerusalem, but God doesn’t change.
These events, of course, happened on the other side of the cross, before Jesus paid the price for sin. The Ark represented God’s heart; that a holy God would dwell with sinful man. Now that Jesus has broken down the wall of separation, through faith, fellowship with God is now freely restored.
Jesus said, “I am the door to the sheep” (John 10:7, NKJV). Jesus became the door for the Holy Spirit to dwell in us – now we are, as it were, the place where the presence of God dwells. Now we have access to God at any moment in which we find ourselves in need. God longs to fellowship with you.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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