Summary: This sermon deals with the failure to pay attention to the little details of God's Word.
Pay Attention To God's Word
1 Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand.
2And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the LORD of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim.
3So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.
4And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark.
5Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the LORD on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals.
6And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled.
7Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.
8And David became angry because of the LORD'S outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day.
9David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said, "How can the ark of the LORD come to me?"
10So David would not move the ark of the LORD with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.
12Now it was told King David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God." So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.
13And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep.
14Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.
15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.
We continue our examination of the life of David.
We all make mistakes.
Some of the lessons we have to learn the hard way.
King David learned a lesson the hard way.
Last week, we read that David had defeated the Philistines.
As a sense of power and peace began to settle on David and Israel,
David recognized that for nearly 70 years
Israel had seriously neglected her spiritual life.
The Ark of the Lord had been almost forgotten.
The priests had been slaughtered by Saul.
The people of God were becoming more and more pagan.
With the help of God,
David was determined to change all that.
David decided that the Ark of the Lord
should be brought to Jerusalem
and be put in a prominent place in the capital city.
The Ark of the Lord was Israel's most sacred object.
The Ark carried enormous importance.
The Ark stood for the presence of God
as the glory of the Lord rested on the Ark.
The Ark was the place where the Almighty
met with men at the sacred mercy seat.
The Ark was to be kept in the Tabernacle,
in the Holy of Holies
where only the High Priest would enter once a year
on the Day of Atonement.
The Ark was so important to the Lord
that He gave Moses very specific details of how to build it.
God said what was to be in it,
where it was to located,
and how it was to be transported.
Allow me to tell you about the Ark of the Covenant.
The word "ark" simply means a "box" or "chest."
The dimensions of the Ark were about 45 inches long,
27 inches wide and 27 inches high.
The Ark was gold-plated inside and out.
The lid was called the Mercy Seat.
On the top and at each end of the lid
was a gold cherubim.
These golden cherubim were facing each other,
with their wings stretched out over the mercy seat.
Inside the Ark were 3 important objects.
1. A golden jar containing manna from the wilderness.
2. Aaron's rod.
3. The stone tablets of the Law.
At each of the four corners of the Ark
were rings of gold.
Through these rings were slipped gold-plated poles
by which the chest was to be carried.