In 2nd Samuel chapter 6:1-7 we discover the story of a young man who was suddenly struck-down by God because he thought that he needed to help God by trying to keep the Ark of the Covenant from falling over. This may seem like a noble jester on his part but it wasn’t. Once he grabbed the Ark to keep the it from stumbling, he was instantly struck dead. He forgot something very important, that God does not need our help to be God, since He balances planets, solar systems, and galaxies, surely He could balance the Ark of the Covenant as it was being rocked by the oxen pulling the its cart .
Why Such A Harsh Punishment?
The probable answer in one word is ‘Faith’. God wanted to show the large congregation of ancient Israelites that worshiped and traveled behind the Holy Ark to its solemn destination on that day, as they witnessed the cart holding the precious Ark of the Covenant beginning to stumble, that He could prevent the Ark from falling without any need for man’s help. Then, once they saw the Ark defying the Laws of Gravity, their faith would greatly increase. And they could clearly distinguish God as being Holy, in a separate category from all other idol gods that needed man’s help to be a god; the true God does not need our help to be God, He is Self-Sustained.
Let us consider the text behind this story in 2nd Samuel 6:1-7, it says,
(1)’Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.’
(2)’And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.’
(3)’And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.’
(4)’And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.’
(5)’And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.’
(6)’And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.’
(7)’And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.’
God killed Uzzah there “for his error,” which was putting his human hand on the Holy dwelling place of the Spirit of God which was against God’s established protocol for handling the Holy Ark of the Covenant. More specifically, however, since the Ark had been dwelling in his fathers’ home for a time, Uzzah somehow lost his reverence for the holiness of God. One might say, that Uzzah foolishly began to think that he had to help sustain the Ark of God and not the other way around.
What Does This Story Have To Do With Us, Today?
Today, we have many church teachings that try to remove our focus from the cross of Christ and His ability to sustain us and, instead, focus on our own ability. We can only do what the Holy Spirit enables us to do, and nothing more. When we forget the power of the cross to sustain us we are trying to help God to be God in our lives. He is God alone, and does not need anybody else.
Our duties to God are to: trust Him, love Him, obey Him, and worship and praise Him as God in our lives. There is a place where we must work, however, and that is by losing any and everything in our lives that will take our focus from Him and Who He is to us. And we do so by: fasting, prayer, Bible study, and daily praise and worship of God. Furthermore, where the Bible teaches us to love and forgive, we must love and forgive, trusting the Lord to enable us to do so.
When He enables us to choose holiness, we must choose holiness are we will lose the ability to choose holiness and damage our faith in God. After all, James says, in James 2: 17 & 26:
(17)”Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
(26)”For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
In other words, just as your works without faith are dead, so is your faith without works following dead or useless. According to James, faith and works go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. Therefore, we do need to do the work of obedience, but we must also stay in our lane and out of God’s lane by not putting forth our hands to try to help the blood of Jesus do its job.
The blood that Jesus shed on the cross is eternally alive and powerful. The blood will never lose its power. The blood does not need our help to save, deliver, heal and set-free, Jesus’ blood only needs our faith. Remember, God is God alone and God does not need our help to be God, period! A-men