(1) Select the Text: 2 Samuel 6, 12-23; I selected this text as I thought it would hold a good message for my home congregation.
(2) Reconsider the limits of the pericope: I consider this pericope to be a logical part of the whole.
(3) Establish a reliable translation of the text: I will be using the NRSV as I found it to be clear and concise.
(4) Read the Text Aloud: Just prior to this text David seems conflicted. He is mad at God for killing Uzzah and he is no longer sure it is wise for him to have the ark of God under his care. In this passage however, David is rejoicing at the possibility of bringing the ark to Jerusalem since God has apparently blessed Obed-Edom. It seems David is taking care that things are done properly even down to the detail this time. He isn’t quite as fixed on the end goal of just getting the ark to Jerusalem by the most efficient means available, but he is focused on the process. Michal’s words of criticism seem (more…)