1 Chronicles 13: David Tries to Bring the Ark to Jerusalem


(14 verses, 2:15 to read)

What I am about to READ

David failed to bring the ark into Jerusalem, Uzzah is struck down.


The Ark of the Covenant was a special chest that resided in the Most Holy Place inside the tabernacle, and later in the temple. The ark contained the Ten Commandments, the basis of God’s covenant with his Old Testament people. Also contained within the ark was a jar of manna, symbolic of how God cared for his people (Exodus 16), and Aaron’s staff that blossomed during a confrontation with men who wanted to take his office of priest (Numbers 17). This reminded Israel of God’s decree that Aaron’s descendants alone were to serve him as priests. This was the heart of Israel’s worship life, for God lived among Israel on the covering of the ark, sometimes called the mercy seat.


1-4: Before transporting the Ark of the Covenant, David consulted his officers and commanders but NOT the Lord. David did not follow God’s law and the correct way of carrying the ark. (See 1 Chronicles 15:2, 11-15)

5-14: The Lord struck down Uzzah for putting his hand on the ark. Handling and carrying the ark was serious business. God had given Moses and Aaron specific instructions about the Tent of Meeting and the movement of the Ark of the Covenant. “And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, as the camp sets out, after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry these, but they must not touch the holy things, lest they die. These are the things of the tent of meeting that the sons of Kohath are to carry” (Numbers 4:15).


From Pastor Wolfmueller (on 2 Samuel 6):

The Ark of God is His throne, and it is supposed to rest in the most holy place. The tabernacle, the curtain, the altar with the sacrifices are all instituted by God so that His people could come safely into His presence. Without these protective means, the presence of God is destructive and dangerous.

We give thanks that through the flesh and blood of Jesus we can approach the throne of God with boldness and confidence, assured of His mercy. “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:19-23).

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Sub Cruce,

Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.


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