Promised Land Lesson 17 Day 4

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My Answers to BSF Bible Study

People of the Promised Land Lesson 17 Day 4


 2 Samuel 6:1-11; 1 Chronicles 13:1-14

9. David’s first attempt to bring the ark to Jerusalem

The Ark

From the day that the ark was lodged at Kiriath-jearim, a long time passed, some twenty years, and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord. (1 Samuel 7:2 ESV)

  • Protect the Ark from theft and destruction
  • David had replaced Saul as king.
  • Symbol of God’s presence among his people Israel
  • Unify the kingdom
  • Establish a central place of worship
  • Eventually, build a temple

David consulted with 30,000 officials including military generals and captains. He also presented his plan to the entire assembly.

David says, “If you think it’s a good thing and a God thing, let’s bring the ark and all of Israel here.” (My paraphrase)

He probably asked God to bless his plan, but scripture doesn’t say David inquired of the Lord before he presented his plan to everyone.

Levites aren’t mentioned in the passage.

10. God gave specific instructions about carrying holy objects.

Exodus 25:10-22; Numbers 4:5-6, 15

Kohathites must carry the Ark holding poles placed through its rings, and no one could to touch it.

The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. Exodus 25:15 ESV

It seems like the poles weren’t in the ark since Uzzah reached out his hand to steady it.


the sons of Kohath shall come to carry these, but they must not touch the holy things, lest they die. (Numbers 4:15 ESV emphasis added)

  • Uzzah was a son of Abinadab.
  • Abinadab, an Israelite of the tribe of Judah – Not a Kohathite or a Levite
  • Abinadab was Saul’s son, a prince, a military leader killed by the Philistines the same day as his father, Saul.

So Moses took the wagons and the oxen and gave them to the Levites. Two wagons and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gershon, according to their service. And four wagons and eight oxen he gave to the sons of Merari, according to their service, under the direction of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. But to the sons of Kohath he gave none, because they were charged with the service of the holy things that had to be carried on the shoulder. (Numbers 7:6-9 ESV emphasis added)

Another thought about why David chose Abinadab’s sons

  • Abinadab, their father, died along with Saul and Jonathan. (1 Samuel 31:2)
  • David was loyal to Saul and loved Jonathan.
  • The Ark remained at Abinadab’s house for 20 years without incident.
  • Their brother, Eleazar, was consecrated to guard the Ark. (1 Samuel 7:1)
  • The Ark remained with Saul’s family because they were the royal family. Now that David was king, it seemed logical for the former royal family to transfer the symbol of kingdom authority to King David.

11. Challenged

This study has further convicted me about assuming that a God-prompted desire excludes me from pursuing God about how to go about it.

I probably would have done the same thing.

David’s and Isreal’s heart yearned for God.  No one wanted the Ark to fall into the hands of an enemy ever again. Those desires were all good ones.

However, God wasn’t consulted in the planning process. They made assumptions. They chose the standard method of transporting something of value.

David assumed the family who successfully guarded the Ark for twenty years, could be trusted and should be rewarded with escorting it to a proper place of honor.

I’m so convicted that my default planning methods proceed from confidence in my ideas and abilities. Lord I repent for leaning on my understanding.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-7 ESV)

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