by Steve Jones

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David, Real Zeal Part 1 (16 of 32)
Series: David - Keeping It Real
Steve Jones
II Samuel 6

Introduction: A mother looked out a window and saw Johnny playing church with their three kittens. He had them lined up and was preaching to them. His mother turned around to do some work. A while later she heard meowing and scratching on the door. She went to the window and saw Johnny baptizing the kittens. She opened the window and said, "Stop that! You'll drown those kittens." Johnny looked at her and said with much conviction in his voice: "They should have thought of that before they joined my church."

I like his zeal but I'm not sure about his discretion. Today we want to talk about REAL zeal. Zeal is a desirable quality in a Christian. Paul wrote in Romans 12:2 "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." Zeal is fervor, passion, and enthusiasm. But there is a "good" zeal and a "bad" zeal. We're in a sermon series based upon the life of David. The series is entitled, "Keepin it real." One of David's great qualities had always been zeal. In the slice of David's life we're looking at this morning his zeal for God is on display. Let's look at today's scripture and note two qualities of real zeal.

II Samuel 6:1-2 "David again brought together out of Israel chosen men, thirty thousand in all. He and all his men set out from Baalah of Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim that are on the ark."

David went out to retrieve the Ark of the Covenant. Just to clarify, the word "ark" means "box" or "chest." When you say the word "ark" in church some people automatically think of Noah's ark. Noah's ark was a boat that was shaped like a huge chest. But this was not Noah's ark. This was the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant was a gilded chest that had been cra ...

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