December 1, 2009

Bearing the Ark: 1 Chronicles 15-19

Happy first day of December everyone!

We are coming to the close of another year, though not the close of our daily bible reading. I hope you are being motivated to study the Word of God each day. If you look at the link to the right for the bible reading plan you will see that we are following a revised version of that plan. To keep up with us, just refer to the calendar at the bottom of the page. Feel free to share your thought bubbles or "enlightenments". To quote an awesome man of God, may His Word be more to us than our necessary food. Now on to today's reading passage:

David wanted to get the Ark of the covenant to his city. He appointed some strong men to carry it. Trouble followed.

The Ark contained the two stone tablets on which the commandments were written by God's own hand. It also housed the undying almond bud which grew miraculousy from the twig of Aaron, solidifying God's auhority.

In 1 Chronicles chapter 15 verse 13, David corrects his mistake. "Because you [Levites] did not do it the first time, the Lord broke out against us, because we did not consult him about the proper order."

My mind goes to the comparison of followers of Christ as the temple. The ark was housed in the temple. Could this be synonymous with our hearts? Our hearts, just as the ark did, must be the house of God's commandments and decree. Jeremeiah 31:33, God said he will write the laws on our hearts, and He will be our God.

The story in 1 Chronicles brings to attention that not just anyone can bear the ark, or the heart for God. One may try to imitate, but their works will fail. The levites from the seed of Aaron had been chosen. Further still, they were ceremonially ushered into the priesthood by blood and water, and set apart by their priestly garments. Their priesthood was represented biologically, spiritually, and visually.

As children of God, and temples of the Holy Spirit, bearing the heart of the covenant, there should be a blood tie to the priesthood, a Spirit tie to the priesthood, and men should see the lights that point to the glory of the Lord.

Bearing the ark was not a light task, but it was not sorrowful. With Dancing, and singing, and shouts to the Lord, the ark was carried. It signified the Lordship of God over Israel. When God writes his laws in our hearts and we carry it, we declare that Jehovah is God, and He is not just savior, but Lord of all!

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people, that you should show forth the praises of Him, who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light! - 1 Peter 2:9

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