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  David and The Arc of God
by Anne Coyle

After Davidís triumphant entrance into Jerusalem his heart was set on bringing the Ark of God to the city. He also needed to prepare a place for the Ark of God and pitch a Tent for it in Jerusalem. This was his thought from the start but unfortunately he went about it in the wrong way.

It seems 30 years before the Phillistines had captured the Ark from the Israelites and took it into their cities to display. Many tragic things happened to the people because of the sacred Ark of God. They proceeded to place the Ark next to their god Dagon. The next morning when they went to worship their god, their god had fallen on his face. They picked it up and placed it back, the following morning the idol had fallen on the floor before the Ark, the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off and resting upon the threshold, only the stump was left of him.

The Hand of the lord was heavy upon them at Ashdod, and he smote them with tumors (emerods or hemorrhoids )and a plague of mice everywhere.. The people did not want anything to do with the Ark of God so the Ark was transferred to another Phillistine town of Gath, it happened there also that the Hand of the lord struck with power and many had tumors and became ill. Therefore they sent the Ark to Ekron, and the people cried out the Ark of God would slay them. Finally they all gathered and sought to send the Ark away back to the Israelites. The Ark was in the Phillistineís country for seven months.

The Phillistines called for the priests to ask what to do, it was decided they needed to send it back with a trespass offering. What offering? Five golden tumors (emerods) and five golden mice according to the number of lords of the Phillistines; for the plague of the mice was on everyone.

Now they made a new cart with two cows and tied the cows to the cart and laid the Ark of God in it with the jewels of gold and sent it on its way. They had decided
to lead the cows a certain way and then watch where they would go. If it went to the way of the town of Bethshemesh then they knew the God of Israel was with the Ark .

So the cart arrived in a meadow in a field of Joshua a Bethshenmite and stood there. The Levites (priests) took care of the Ark but they finally called on the inhabitants of Kiriathjearim asking them to take the Ark of the Lord . And so they did. They bought it into the house of Abinadab, it was there for 20 years. So years later when David decided to bring the Ark back to Jerusalem he did it his way and not according to edicts of the lord.

According to Numbers 4:15 ďAnd when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that ,the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it ; but they shall not touch any holy thing , lest they die.Ē

David called the captains and every leader , the priests and Levites and called them to gather together. David said let us bring the Ark back and all the congregation said that they would do so. So David gathered all Israel and he went up to bring the Ark back. They carried the Ark in a new cart and David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and psalteries, and with timbrels and with cymbals and trumpets. And when they came into the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark for the oxen stumbled. The anger of the lord was kindled against Uzza ,and he smote him because he put his hand to the ark .
David was very displeased and was afraid of God that day, so he decided not to take the Ark to Jerusalem at that time.. . The Ark stayed with the family of Obededom for three months. And the lord blessed the house of Obededom.
Later David again sought to bring the Ark to Jerusalem, this time he did it Godís way. He said,Ē None ought to carry the ark of God but the levites, for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God and to minister unto him forever. And David gathered all Israel to bring the ark unto the place David had prepared for it. He called all the priests and told them to sanctify themselves that you may bring up the ark unto its place. For because you did it not at the first time, the lord our God broke forth upon us, because we sought him not in the proper way.

Guess thatís a big lesson for all of us, do it Godís way not mans.
So the Levites bore the ark upon their shoulders with its staves, as Moses commanded according to the word of the lord. And David spoke to the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers, with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals sounding by lifting up the voice with joy.

So they went to Obededom and carried the ark of the covenant and David was clothed with a robe of fine linen and also all the singers and Chenaniah the master if the song . Thus all Israel brought up the ark with shouting and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals. And it came to pass as the ark of the covenant of the lord came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul and Davidís wife, looking out through a window , saw King David dancing and playing and she despised him in her heart.

After placing the ark inside the tent that David had pitched for it, they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God. David blessed the people in the name of the lord and gave to every one of Israel, both man and woman, a loaf of bread, a portion of meat and a cake of raisins.

David appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the lord and to invoke and thank and praise the lord God of Israel. Asaph, the chief and next to him Zecharish, Jeiel and others with psalteries and with harps but Asaph made a song with cymbals, also continually with trumpets before the Lord. Then David delivered this psalm to thank the lord, he gave it to Asaph.
Give thanks unto the lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk you of all his wondrous works, Glory in his holy name, let the heart of them rejoice who seek the Lord. Seek the lord and his strength, seek his face continually. It is Psalm 105
So David left Asaph and his brethren to minister before the ark continually.
The Ark of God was again in the midst of His people, there was worship, singing, praising, instruments played before the Lord 24 hours a day .

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