Who was Jesus? Was He a prophet? Was He a good teacher? Was He really the Son of God? Or was He a liar? Who is He? And, more specifically, who is He to you?
2 Samuel 5 & 6:
Death by good intentions
In chapter 6 we have the account of David’s first attempt to bring back the ark which resulted in the death of Uzzah. According to Matthew Henry, “God would hereby teach us that a good intention will not justify a bad action; it will not suffice to say of that which is ill done that it was well meant. He will let us know that he can and will secure his ark, and needs not any man’s sin to help him to do it.”
First the ark was not to be carried on a cart. It was to be carried on the shoulders of the priests, and no one but the priests was to touch it. Perhaps Uzzah had allowed familiarity to breed a lack of respect for the holy things of God.
The ark of Christ
The ark was a picture of Christ and the Old Testament is an example to us. If God took Uzzah’s disrespect for the ark so seriously, what should that tell us about taking our relationship with Christ for granted?
Hebrews 10.29, “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” Continue reading