Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 6 (day four)
For 20 years, the Ark of God had been at Kiriath-jearim. It had been captured by the Philistines in battle and then returned when calamity overcame them. A similar experience occurred with the transport of the Ark and it was diverted to obscurity. Abinadab was set apart and consecrated to take care of the Ark and the symbol of God’s presence among His people disappeared from public life.
Israel had sought their own way rather than God’s and lost the Ark in battle. Then, rather than follow God, they demanded a king. Saul was crowned king as a result of their rejection of God. The Ark was forgotten until David became king.
Now, in chapter 6, David and Israel are soundly reminded that reverence for God means complete obedience to His instructions. The extended absence of the Ark had not reset the rules regarding its handling. God expects complete obedience.
Have you ever ‘re-written the commands’ of God’s Word? It is easy to adjust God’s ways to be convenient for us…but not without consequence. Remember…to love God is to obey Him!