Saturday, July 7, 2012

2 Samuel 6.1-19

This Sunday we will be focusing on 2 Samuel 6.1-19.  In this passage we see how David takes the Ark of the Covenant to the new capitol city of Jerusalem.  The ark had been laying low for quite some time.  It actually had been laying low ever since it showed up in 1 Samuel 7.  In this passage the ark is brought by a pair of cows to the city of Kiriath-jearim ------ specifically the home of Abinadab.  Here in 2 Samuel David is parading the ark to Jerusalem.  But, on the way there is a problem.  The ark was touched by a man named Uzzah and God struck him dead (2 Samuel 6.6-7).  This caused fear and horror to come on David and he left the ark ----- so David left the ark at a man's house named Obed-edom the Gittite.  After three months David changed his mind and brought the ark to Jerusalem.  On the way David dances.  He dances up a storm.  He dances so hard in his linen ephod that his wife describes him as "uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants' maids, as any vulgar fellow might shamelessly uncover himself!" (2 Samuel 6.20).  There was some twirling and some twisting, and it became quite a scene. 

Something that sticks out to me in this passage is how David goes from being fearful (v9), to dancing (v14).  And this isn't just dancing by going from foot-to-foot.  Instead this is dancing with all of his might.  One of those dances where you are almost embarrassed for the person because they are exerting so much effort.  What is the change?  How does David come to this place?   

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