This is the first sermon I preached for my Intro to Preaching course. The prep work is posted separately.
12 It was told King David, ‘The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.’ So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing; 13and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14David danced before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. 15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
16 As the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
17 They brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt-offerings and offerings of well-being before the Lord. 18When David had finished offering the burnt-offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts, 19and distributed food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people went back to their homes.
20 David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, ‘How the king of Israel honoured himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ maids, as any vulgar fellow might shamelessly uncover himself!’ 21David said to Michal, ‘It was before the Lord, who chose me in place of your father and all his household, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord, that I have danced before the Lord.22I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in my own eyes; but by the maids of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honour.’ 23And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.
– 2 Samuel 6, 12-23
The story at hand opens with David bringing the ark of God into the city of Jerusalem. Just prior to this story however, after his first attempt to move the ark resulted in the death of Uzzah, David decides to leave the ark at the house of Obed-Edom. You see, Uzzah had touched the ark which the Levitical law specifically says is forbidden. Despite Uzzah’s desire to keep the ark from falling to the ground, the Lord struck Uzzah dead. David was furious with God and then afraid of the consesquences of having the ark in his care. With this in mind, David’s second attempt to move the becomes a bit more courageous. David’s tense yet excited state is evident when, after only six steps, David sacrifices an ox AND a fatling to God. That would have taken some time to accomplish but I think it is safe to say that David was willing to take the time in hopes that no one else would die during the transport of the ark.
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