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2nd Samuel – Curing a Casual Attitude Toward God

Our sermon this week will cover the first half of 2 Samuel 6,verses 1-11. We will come along with all Israel on a grand day of festivities and joy in Israel as the Ark of the Covenant is brought out from obscurity. David rightly seeks to put God in the center of national life. And we’ll find out the terrible consequences that come when we are too unfamiliar with God, casual, and ignorant. It is dangerous when we do not focus on the daily, plain commands of God, and remain stunted in our view of God. This is often evident in how we approach our Holy God. If you address God in prayer as “daddy,” you might want to give this message a listen. Our sermon outline follows.

  1.  The Awesome Significance of the Ark
    1. Where is it?
    2. What is it?
    3. “Puttin’ God back in gubermint.”
  2. Trifling with God is Dangerous
    1. A very good day
    2. A very bad day
  3. David’s response
    1. Anger – not at God but…
    2. Fear, trembling
    3. Hands off!
  4. Obed-edom’s house gets the blessing
  5. Curing a Casual Attitude toward God (Application)
    1. Casual is not appropriate with God
    2. God is not a crisis only God.
    3. This God is not who we would invent.

Our public reading isExodus 25:10-22.

2 Samuel 6:1-11

6:1 David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim. And they carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. And Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart, with the ark of God, and Ahio went before the ark.

And David and all the house of Israel were making merry before the Lord, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals. And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. And David was angry because the Lord had burst forth against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah, to this day. And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 And 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. (ESV)

Exodus 25:10-22

10 “They shall make an ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 11 You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside shall you overlay it, and you shall make on it a molding of gold around it. 12 You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it. 13 You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. 14 And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark by them. 15 The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. 16 And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you.

17 “You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. 18 And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat. 19 Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends. 20 The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be. 21 And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. 22 There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel. (ESV)