- Dearly Beloved,
�David was afraid of God that day and asked, �How can I ever bring the ark
of God to me?� He did not take the ark to be with him in the City of David.
Instead, he took it aside to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of
God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house for three months,
and the LORD blessed his household and everything he had� (1 Chronicles
The Lord had just established the kingdom of the whole Israel in the hand
of David. David was returning the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem the new
capital amidst jubilation with the Levites, the priests, and the whole
people of Israel, but the Lord killed Uzzah because he was preventing the
ark from falling. David was afraid to bring the ark to his city. He left it
at the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.
What was the intention of King David? Did he mean well for Obed-Edom? Only
God knows. But apparently, he did not mean well for Obed-Edom having known
that the ark was sacred. What would have been the reaction of Obed-Edom and
his family when the �unquestionable� king took such �dangerous� decision?
Undoubtedly, they would have prepared for the worst. However, the
�dangerous� sacred object became a channel of blessing to Obed-Edom and his
family! (1 Chronicles 13:12-14; 26:4-5).
Two lessons can be deduced from this. Firstly, do not panic when people are
been wicked to you. Who knows, God may turn their wickedness to blessings
for you. When they were regretting their action of selling him to slavery,
Joseph told his brothers, "Don't be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You
intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now
being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don't be afraid. I will
provide for you and your children" (Genesis 50:19-21 NIV).
Secondly, be useful for the work of God. We do not know if Obed-Edom
willingly accepted the Ark of the Covenant, but the Bible says the ark
remained in his household for three months. As a Levite, he must have taken
good care of the ark during that period. God blessed his household for
keeping the ark. If we are also ready to be useful in the hands of God in
all ways, God will bless us abundantly (Proverbs 3:9-10; 10:22; Malachi
When people hate you, be good and continue serving the Lord. He will
unexpectedly bless you!
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
This message was first sent out on June 13, 2004.
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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"I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).
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