by Jeff Strite

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The Obedient Heart (5 of 13)
Series: A Man After God's Own Heart
Jeff Strite
II Samuel 6:1-15

OPEN: Several years ago, Reader's Digest told of a young couple who had just bought a water bed. While assembling the bed, the couple realized they would need a hose to fill it with - and they didn't own one. So, the husband went to the hardware store and bought one.
They attached the hose to the bed, ran it through the apartment to the kitchen tap and - knowing it would take over an hour for the bed to fill - they left their apartment to run an errand.
About an hour later they returned to check on its progress. And that's when they discovered that the husband had bought a sprinkler hose

APPLY: Now, we all know what happened to that apartment, and you can imagine how frustrating it must have been to them (not to mention their landlord) to discover the damage their "oversight" had caused to their home and possessions. Just a minor oversight… but it caused an immense amount of damage.

I. In II Samuel we read about a more serious oversight that cost a man's his life
Now, just so we understand the setting, let's revue what has happened in this passage. David has just conquered Jerusalem and was making it the capital of Israel.
Now, David loved God so much that he wanted God at the center of his world… and of his nation, so David sought out the Ark of the Covenant to bring it into Jerusalem from the town of Kiriath Jearim where it had lain dormant - unused in the worship of the nation (as far as we can tell) for about 100 years.

What was the ark doing in Kiriath Jearim? Well, approximately 100 yrs. previously, Israel had been engaged in a war with Philistines. Israel had been guilty of walking away from God and disobeying His will for their nation, and as a result they were losing badly to the Philistines. As it became apparent that the Philistines would overwhelm them, someone came up with the bright idea of taking the Ark into battle. They figured, if they ...

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