In the Book of 2nd Samuel there is a story of a man named Uzzah who was in the employment of David. He and his brother were entrusted with the task of guiding an ox drawn cart upon which the ark of the LORD had been laid. However, there was a divine order in which the ark of God was to be transported and handled. (Exodus 25:10-22, Numbers 4:1-20, 1 Chronicles 15:13-15) This divine order was not observed by David or Uzzah. They ignored God’s instructions and prerequisites regarding the handling of the ark, for only Levites were suppose to transport the ark of God in a divinely prescribed manner. And when the oxen stumbled, Uzzah reached out His hands to steady the ark of God so that it would not fall and God struck him dead.
A life was lost because a pair of human hands was laid upon the ark of God in irreverence (disrespect) to God’s divine orders. Uzzah placed his hands upon the ark with the best of intentions, to steady it and keep it from falling, but they touched God’s work presumptuously, and he fell dead.
In today’s contemporary Christian churches, there are many systems of religions that espouse various forms of gospels that offer various means of salvation. They have presumed to change God’s divine order of things and do it their way. They have, in a real sense, shown irreverence to God’s divine will and instructions. And regardless of their motives or of their good intentions, they are inviting the wrath of God and the destruction of themselves.
God is a just God. All of His actions are right and fair. He does not show partiality for He is no respecter of men. Deuteronomy 32:4 says, “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he.”
If God killed Uzzah for touching the ark and disregarding His divine order, what will happen to those who mishandle His Holy Word-Jesus the Christ- disregarding His divine order and establishing their own way?
Disobedience to God equals disrespect for God and this will always end in death.
Our challenge today is simply to Trust and Obey.
This Week’s Word
6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. 7 The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God. ~ 2 Samuel 6:6-7
This Week’s Prayer
Father, it is in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus Christ) that we pray to You today. We confess that we have sinned against You. We have shown irreverence and disrespect for Your way and Your will. We have not followed Your instructions or kept Your Holy Commandments as we should. We realize that we are in danger of eternal damnation. Please forgive us O God. We are sorely sorry for our sins. We REPENT! We realize that Your way is always right and just. We desire to obey Your Word, for in Your Word is life—life everlasting. Please forgive us O God. Help us to never disregard Your living Word or disrespect Your Holy written Scriptures. Your divine instructions are a delight and a joy to obey. Empower us to keep all of Your commandments. Help us to keep Your divine and eternal commandments and to obey all of Your instructions regarding repentance, water baptism in Your name and the indwelling of Your Holy Spirit. Protect us from false religions and counterfeit faith. Please keep us away from perverse doctrines of demons and religions of men. We want to be found in Your perfect will. We want to be saved according to Your divine way. This is our prayer in the name of the LORD YeHoWsHua* (Jesus the Christ), Amen.
[Re-posted from January 16, 2012]
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Footnote: *The Hebrew spelling of the name of Christ is used in this prayer for educational purposes. Yehowshua is often shorten to Yeshua but out of respect for my Lord I chose to use the spelling of His proper name to demonstrate that His name is above every name and that even the spelling of His name is relative to the spelling of The Father’s name – remembering that there were not any vowels in the Hebrew alphabets. Thus, YHWH (Yahweh) and YeHoWsHua (Yahweh is salvation) are grammatically and uniquely related. Notice the Y-H-W-H in both the Father and the Son.