1 Chronicles 15: The Ark Moves to Jerusalem

(29 verses; 4:00 to read)


What I am about to READ

  • David brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem.


  • One of the marks of David’s reign is the establishment of Jerusalem as the chief city of Israel, and one of the major events to establish Jerusalem is bringing the Ark of God there.
  • Note that the sacrifices were not yet moved to Jerusalem. That will be established in 1 Chronicles 21.
  • The end of this chapter has Michal (David’s wife and King Saul’s daughter) despising David as he dances before the Ark. 2 Samuel 6 recounts the conversation between David and Michal after this:

And David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!” And David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord,who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord—and I will celebrate before the Lord. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes. But by the female servants of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.” And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death. (2 Samuel 6:20-23)


  • The Ark of God is His throne, the place where He causes His name to be remembers, and where He comes to bless His people (see Exodus 20:24). David knows that the most important thing for the people and his kingdom is the Lord’s blessings. He pays attention to the Ark, to the priests, to the worship of the Lord, and knows that it is only by the Lord’s favor that the kingdom stands.
  • Our condition is different in this way: the Lord has not chosen a nation for Himself. He has called His church out of every people and place. The Lord’s people are scattered throughout the world. But still we know that the rise and fall of nations in the Lord’s work. He blesses with good rulers or chastises with bad ones. He continues to defend and uphold His people through our many troubles, and in this we rejoice and give thanks.

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Lord’s Blessings,
Pr. Bryan Wolfmueller
Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO


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