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Monday, April 28, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Chronicles 13:1-11(NASB)
1 Then David consulted with the captains of the thousands and the hundreds, even with every leader. 2 David said to all the assembly of Israel, "If it seems good to you, and if it is from the LORD our God, let us send everywhere to our kinsmen who remain in all the land of Israel, also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their cities with pasture lands, that they may meet with us; 3 and let us bring back the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul." 4 Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people. 5 So David assembled all Israel together, from the Shihor of Egypt even to the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. 6 David and all Israel went up to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim, which belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, the LORD who is enthroned above the cherubim, where His name is called. 7 They carried the ark of God on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. 8 David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, even with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals and with trumpets. 9 When they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, because the oxen nearly upset it. 10 The anger of the LORD burned against Uzza, so He struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark; and he died there before God. 11 Then David became angry because of the LORD'S outburst against Uzza; and he called that place Perez-uzza to this day.
Part of the problem was that they were too much in a hurry to bring back the ark to pray about it. David talked about getting the approval of both God and man when the approval of God alone was what was needed. When you try to get man's opinion about what should happen, it usually doesn't fully match up with what God wants. They also forgot to check how they were supposed to handle the Ark; back in Numbers, they were instructed to cover the Ark before moving it. Pastor Dave dwelled on the idea of the new cart that held the Ark, wondering how many new carts that aren't what God intended we have in the modern church. I don't want to cast doubt upon all modern innovations, but do we change things in order to follow God's lead or to fit in with the latest trends. How many things do we change that God would prefer stay the same? Likewise, how many things do we keep that God thinks should be scrapped?

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