Promised Land Lesson 17 Day 5

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These are my Answers to BSF Bible Study questions for People of the Promised Land Lesson 17 Day 5


2 Samuel 6:12-23; 1 Chronicles 15:1-16:43

12. David found the answer to his question.

“How can the ark of the LORD come to me?” (2 Samuel 6:9 ESV)

David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom: David did this in fulfillment of God’s word. Obed-Edom was a Levite of the family of Koath (1 Chronicles 26:4). This was the family within the tribe of Levi that God commanded to carry and take care of the ark (Numbers 4:15).

David’s Second Attempt at Moving the Ark

  • David called the Levites to come and consecrate themselves.
  • Levites carried the ark the correct way.
  • Skilled Levites provided the music of praise and celebration.
  • They offered sacrifices along the way.

The exuberant worship wasn’t the problem the first time.  “David was wise enough to know that the problem with the first attempt wasn’t that it was a big production, but that it was a big production that came from man and not God.” (Guzik)

13. …David danced with all his might… (2 Samuel 6:14 NLT)

I’m an exuberant worshiper. A special occasion is not a requirement.

14. Michal’s reaction

  • “filled with contempt” (NLT)
  • “hated him.” (Voice)
  • “despised him in her heart” (ESV)
  • “filled with scorn” (MSG)

Michal’s embarrassment shows that she valued her royal status far more than she loved God. To her, David behaved in an undignified and inappropriate maner.

She completely disregarded how honored she was to witness and be a part of this phenomenal, victorious physical and spiritual restoration of the Kingdom of Israel.

It’s sobering to think how much this moment cost Michal.

Guzik explains David’s attire and dancing differently than I’ve heard it taught.

It is a mistake to think that David was immodest. 1 Chronicles 15:27 indicates that David was dressed just like all the other priests and Levites in this procession.

i. From our knowledge of ancient and modern culture, we can surmise that David’s dance wasn’t a solo performance. He probably danced with simple rhythmic steps together with other men in the way one might see Orthodox Jewish men today dance. In this context, David’s linen ephod means he set aside his royal robes and dressed just like everyone else in the procession.

David followed his heart. His love for God and the joy he experienced in seeing the restoration of God’s presence among his people, transcended everything else.

In the moment, I to, like Michal, might miss the importance of a momentous event and focus on something trivial. I hope that will never be the case when it’s a God moment.


Worship like no one is watching.

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