Handling the ‘Ark’

The Ark of the Covenant

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2 Samuel 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. 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.

Strangely, David got mad at God for striking down Uzzah, but David himself was at fault for allowing the Ark to be handled improperly, contrary to revelation, and without due respect.  He finally “wised up” and engaged the Priests and Levites in moving the Ark, according to the Law.

Though we are no longer under Law, nor a sacrificial system, it is still a vital principle that the presence of God must be treated as holy and inviolable.  In this age of “worship in Spirit and in truth,” the presence of God among us is not in objects of veneration, nor ritual acts, which so easily devolve into Theurgy.  Rather, it is in the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

If we sin, we grieve the Holy Spirit, and therefore are subject to conviction by the Holy Spirit.  If we “quench” the Holy Spirit, we make the HS unwelcome, and risk His presence departing from us.  We must “handle” the “ark” with respect.

If we “walk in the Spirit,” however, He is able to manifest himself to us in Fruit and Gifts.  “I will come to you” (Jn 14:18).  It is through His manifestations that God is “with us,” his presence is felt, and true worship takes place.

Copyright © 2013 Paul A. Hughes

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