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II Samuel 6
There are six books that fit right along together, I and II Samuel, I and II Kings, I and II Chronicles. II Samuel 6 is one of the strangest chapters in all of the Bible, yet it is one of the most helpful chapters. It is a chapter about the subject of worship.
You remember that David has been fully established as the king over all of Israel. Jerusalem has been set aside as the capital of the city. Yet, David is aware that there is something still missing in his kingdom. David knows that he is the shepherd king. He is the one God has selected to be the leader of the people of Israel. Now, David had civic responsibilities, but being a shepherd king he also had religious responsibilities. David comes to understand that in order for the nation to be everything it ought to be worship has to be put in its proper place in the nation. The Bible says, "Blessed is the people whose God is the Lord." The Scripture makes it very, very clear that a nation will never be the kind of nation it ought to be unless that nation puts God in His proper place. This is why it is so very important that the leaders of any nation be those who are of moral character, those who are men and women of spiritual insight.
So, David is going to do something now to establish worship in its proper place. In order to do this he knows that what he has to do is to get the ark of the Lord in Jerusalem and establish this ark of the Lord in the very center of the life and the very heart of the nation.
It says in verse 2 that David gets the people together to go and get the ark of God. In verse 1 it says he gathers 30,000 people to do this. Let me just give you a little description of the ark and some background so you will understand the importance of this ark in the whole matter of worship. The ark was a wooden box approximately 4 feet long and 2 feet wide and approximately 2 feet high. It was a wooden bo ...
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