Let us take a deeper look at the Ark of the Covenant to get some answers. Just what is it and where had it been up until this point?
Reading the account in I Chronicles 13, we see that David was very passionate about possessing the Ark. A temple was built to house it, too. David thought he should not live in a house of cedar while the physical embodiment of the presence of God dwelt in a tent. And we see how God wanted to bless David for his humble thoughts. What a promise God made in His covenant with David.
Even so, at first, David was so overcome with delight as were those following him and the Ark, that he lost touch of any wisdom; so did they. Obedience was far more important to God than that sacrifice of praise, no matter how pure David’s intentions were.
He moved in direct disobedience to God, and Uzzah was put to death for it.
Numbers 4:15, “After Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy furnishings and all the holy articles, and when the camp is ready to move, the Kohathites are to come to do the carrying. But they must not touch the holy things or they will die. The Kohathites are to carry those things that are in the Tent of Meeting.”
There we see a direct disobedience. But let us also consider that David did not consult the Torah before transporting the Ark. Instead, he built a new cart to carry the Ark. There were no poles. And Uzzah was certainly not from that special clan of Levites commissioned to move the ark; he was not a Kohathite.
Let us learn one thing, if nothing else from this text: An emotional charge, no matter how strong or with good intentions, can not replace obedience.
Reading further on we see that once David recognized his sin and consulted with the word of God, set up the proper Levites to move the Ark in the proper manner, he was successful and the Ark was placed in Jerusalem.
What we can take away from this is not complicated. Let us always be in line with the word of God. Let us always keep the Sovereignty and Holiness of the Lord present in the forefronts of our minds. And let us walk in obedience.
A part of God’s presence that was found with the Ark of the Covenant appears to be lost in church today. Long ago, during the Mosaic Law, God’s chosen ones grasped the absolute holiness of God. And great miracles manifested with the presence of the Ark. Today, we are completely at a loss. Really. We follow strange fire and get lost in our empty passion. Because passion without obedience and holy fear end up in disaster. Look at Uzzah.
Written by Jori Sams