Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn

                                                          Faithfulness – A Key Step to Happiness

Oct 10 2012:                            “Raiders of the Lost Ark!”

Wed PM Worship                                               

Text 2Sam 6:1–23  (King James Version)  

  “Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people.”

                                           The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, “If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;”

 

2Sa 6:1  Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.

2Sa 6:2  And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.

2Sa 6:3  And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.

2Sa 6:4  And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.

2Sa 6:5  And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

2Sa 6:6  And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.

2Sa 6:7  And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

2Sa 6:8  And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.

2Sa 6:9  And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?

2Sa 6:10  So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

2Sa 6:11  And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.

2Sa 6:12  And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.

2Sa 6:13  And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

2Sa 6:14  And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

2Sa 6:15  So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

2Sa 6:16  And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

2Sa 6:17  And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

2Sa 6:18  And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

2Sa 6:19  And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.

2Sa 6:20  Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

2Sa 6:21  And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.

2Sa 6:22  And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.

2Sa 6:23  Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

 

 Let’s pray. Father,  Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.  

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice. Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

 

Introduction: For 100 long years the Ark of the Covenant had been separated from the tabernacle and other places of worship. After its capture by the Philistines at Aphek (1 Sam. 4:11) it remained in Philistia for seven months, then briefly at Beth Shemesh, and the rest of the time at Kiriath Jearim. Now David had taken Jerusalem, a neutral place, and made it the political capital of the kingdom. All that remained was to retrieve the ark, place it in the tabernacle he would erect on Mount Zion, and declare Jerusalem the religious center of the nation as well.

I. THE ARK and ITS SIGNIFICANCE.

a. The Ark was the very first thing that God had told Moses to build.


b. The ARK was a SMALL BOX 4 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 2 feet deep made of shittim wood (incorruptible), overlaid with Pure Gold. (Only room for ONE person at a TIME).
c. The CONTENTS of the ARK consisted of:

A GOLDEN POT of MANNA (Daily Bread).

The TEN COMMANDMENTS on tablets of Stone (The Law was CONTAINED in Jesus).

 Aaron’s Rod that BUDDED (Once DEAD and ALIVE again!).

d. The PURPOSE of the Ark.


 To give POWER to those who POSSESSED it.

 The Ark was a MEETING PLACE for God and His people.

 The Ark was God’s SANCTUARY.

e. The people that CARRIED the Ark were Levites.

f. The DESIGN of the Ark was given by God Himself to Moses.

g. The ARK was REPRESENTIVE of the Lord Jesus Christ.

h. The ARK was ANOINTED with oil. (Ex. 30:25 – 26)

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 Over the years there was a sad decline in Israel’s spiritual life. Religion became more of a form than a reality, but the nation hung on to its traditions believing that its outward ceremonies would take the place of a meaningful relationship with God.

Of course God, although long-suffering, would have none of it, and allowed the nation’s enemies, the Philistines, to punish them in battle.
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II. THE LOSS OF THE ARK (Power & Presence of God)

a. During a BATTLE Israel was soundly defeated and lost 4,000 men; therefore, some clever general thought he had the answer.

 “Let’s go get the Ark and take it with us into battle.”
b. The losing of the Ark of the Covenant was one of the SOREST BLOWS that had ever fallen upon the nation of Israel.

c. The CORRUPT state of the PRIESTHOOD was to BLAME for this National Failure & Disgrace.

d. The “Loss of Power” is one of the worst things that can happen to a – PERSON, a CHURCH, a DENOMINAITON, and a NATION.

They wanted the POWER of the ARK but weren’t interested in the God of the Ark.
“God will be FORCED to fight on our side.” – You can’t MANIPULATE God.

 Their SCHEME of USING the ARK as a kind of LUCKY CHARM didn’t work and the Ark was captured. (Can you imagine the Power of God being CAPTURED by the Enemy of God?)


e. Can you IMAGINE God’s people being without His power for 100 years?


f. I believe a large portion of the Church world has lost the POWER & PRESENCE of God from their lives.

People have learned how to have CHURCH without POWER.

Christians have learned how to LIVE without the POWER of God.

Preachers have learned how to PREACH without the POWER of God. (Some of them just HOLLER at little LOUDER.)

Some PEOPLE have never KNOWN the POWER of God in the FIRST PLACE.

Some have LOST the POWER of God and don’t even KNOW it. (Samson – didn’t know he’d lost the power of God until he faced his enemies)

The EVIDENCE of the loss of the POWER of God is in the ABSENCE of VICTORY.

g. For this CAUSE some have REDEFINED “The Power of God.”

III. BRINGING BACK THE ARK OF GOD.
(The Proper Way To Bring The Power of God To The People)
a. The new king David wished Jerusalem to be not only his military and political capital, but the religious center for the nation as well.
b. David determined, therefore, to bring the Ark of the Lord, Israel’s most sacred symbol of the Divine Presence, to the new capital from Kirjath-jearim, where it had been for 70 years.
c. David was a good man, but he was not INFALLIBLE.
d. This venture ended in TRAGEDY.
e. There’s a RIGHT WAY and a WRONG WAY to handle the POWER of God.
f. His motive was good, but his method was wrong. He was right in his intentions, but wrong in his implementation.
g. The Wrong Way –

After the Philistines had CAPTURED the Ark they discovered their God (Dagon) couldn’t stand in the Presence of the Ark of God. (You can’t mix the Power of God with the Idols of the world)

 The Philistines also discovered there was PUNISHMENT (emerods) for the CARELESS HANDLING of Spiritual Things.

 In David’s EXCITEMENT about returning the Ark back to the people of God he allowed his ENTHUSIASM to run away with him.

 David BUILT a New Cart like the Philistines used to move the Ark of God. (His MOTIVE was GOOD, but his METHOD was WRONG). (David’s INTENTIONS was RIGHT but his IMPLEMENTION was WRONG!)

 It was to be a RELIGIOUS SPECTACULAR!

 In fact, there were to be singers and dancers in the grand carnival procession in which the Ark would be transported in triumph. It was to be a real celebration.

 But the JOY was short-lived because as they crossed some ROUGH ROAD the oxen stumbled and shook the Ark and a man named Uzzah reached out to steady the Ark and God struck him dead for his ERROR.
h. The Right Way –

 David realized his way was not God’s way.

 David’s ATTITUDE changed IMMEDIATELY (Death will do this). (David rediscovered the AWESOMENESS of God’s POWER)
 David’s PLANS changed IMMEDIATELY. (He carried the Ark aside into the house of Oabed-edom the Gittite where it remained for 3 months)
 During the 3 months the Ark was at Obed-edom’s house there was great blessings of God on his household.
 When David heard of this he again decided to bring the Ark of God to Jerusalem BUT this time he did it differently!

 This time the Ark was carried on the SHOULDERS of the Levites (the ones appointed by God to carry the Ark). The RIGHT people – the RIGHT way.

 As the Ark was carried along they had only gone 6 paces they stopped and SACRIFICED. (You can’t bring the POWER of God to the people without SACRIFICE). (v. 13)

David DANCED before the Lord – a FORM of RELIGIOUS rejoicing, expressing the JOY of the OCCASION.

David was DRESSED in a “Linen Ephod” indicating the religious nature of the CELEBRATION.

 There was SHOUTING and the SOUND of the TRUMPET as the Ark was carried along the way.

CONCLUSION: When the ARK of God came into Jerusalem the town went into a frenzy of Worship and Celebration because they knew the POWER of God was back in their PRESENCE again.

 But not everyone was happy. David’s wife Michal saw David (the king) dancing and shouting dressed only in a linen ephod and she DESPISED David in her heart.

 Michal never had any children after that. David separated himself from her.

While the whole city of Jerusalem celebrated the wife of the king pouted.

For way too long the Christian community has operated only on human intellect and instincts.