2nd Samuel 6
David's Dance Party
1 David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty
thousand. 2 David and all the people with him set out and went
from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which
is called by the name of the LORD of hosts who is enthroned on
the cherubim. 3 They carried the ark of God on a new cart, and
brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill.
Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart
4 with the ark of God; and Ahio went in front of the ark. 5 David
and all the house of Israel were dancing before the LORD with
all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines
and castanets and cymbals. 6 When they came to the threshing floor
of Nacon, Uzzah reached out his hand to the ark of God and took
hold of it, for the oxen shook it. 7 The anger of the LORD was
kindled against Uzzah; and God struck him there because he reached
out his hand to the ark; and he died there beside the ark of God.
8 David was angry because the LORD had burst forth with an outburst
upon Uzzah; so that place is called Perez-uzzah, to this day.
9 David was afraid of the LORD that day; he said, "How can
the ark of the LORD come into my care?" 10 So David was unwilling
to take the ark of the LORD into his care in the city of David;
instead David took it to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11
The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite
three months; and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and all his household.
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; 13 and
when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he
sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14 David danced before the LORD
with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. 15 So
David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD
with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
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This event is about midway through David's reign as king (20ish
years). Talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time
- it appears that Uzzah's big mistake was that he wasn't ritually
prepared to handle the sacred vessel ... so he got zapped. David
apparently learns from this and makes sure they follow the proper
procedures before bringing it on into the city. Bringing the ark
into Jerusalem is a significant symbolic gesture, further identifying
the city as the center of the nation.
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