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Summary: In a tale of two families, we see one blessed and the other cursed. Here are the reasons why.

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INTRO: Did you guys hear about the eleven kids found in cages in their home? It was a few weeks ago. Let me read to you the press release in case you’re not familiar with it.

Wakeman, Ohio – Sheriff’s deputies found 11 children locked in cages less than 3 ’/2 feet high inside a home, but a couple denied they had abused or neglected the children.

A judge on Monday put the children – who range in age from 1 to 14 and who have various disabilities, including autism – in foster homes.

The children were found in nine cages built into the walls of the house near this small city in northern Ohio, according to the Huron County Sheriff’s Office. They had no blankets or pillows, and the cages were rigged with alarms that sounded if opened, Lt. Randy Sommers said.

The children told authorities they slept in the cages – 40 inches high and 40 inches deep – at night. Doors to some of the cages were blocked with heavy furniture.

Sharen and Mike Gravelle are adoptive or foster parents for all 11 children, officials said. Prosecutors were reviewing the case, but no charges had been filed as of Monday night.

A children’s services investigator saw one of the children in a cage Friday, Sommers said. The sheriff’s office obtained a warrant and returned to the house that evening and removed the children.

Investigators believe nine of the children slept in the cages that were stacked two-high on the house’s second story. Two mattresses on a bedroom floor also showed signs of recent use, Sommers said.

One of the boys said he’s slept in the cage for three years, Sommers said.

-To top it off, these foster parents believed they did nothing wrong.

-C. Everett Koop: Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.

TITLE: The Tale of Two Families TEXT: 2 Samuel 6:11

I. Background. David has become king, and one of his desires was to move the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem so he could honor the Lord.

A. The Ark of the Covenant symbolized the glorious throne of God (Psalm 80:1, 99:1).

1. Remember David had a desire to build a sanctuary for the Lord. But the first step was to get the ark to Jerusalem.

2. So David involved all the key leaders in the event and issued a general invitation to the priest and Levites. As this great event was taking place

-Something went terribly wrong. It went from a great celebration to an earth-shattering experience.

B. Transporting the ark man’s way and not God’s way.

1. They were transporting the ark in a cart pulled by oxen; they were following the pattern of the pagan Philistines (1 Samuel 6).

2. God had given specific instructions through Moses how it was to be transported (Numbers 4). -That was to carry the ark on the shoulders of Levites.

Point: God’s work must be done in God’s way if it is to have God’s blessing!

3. David was afraid because the Lord struck down Uzzah for touching the ark so he decided to drop the ark off at Obed-Edom’s house.

Question: What happened? The Lord blessed him and his entire family.


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