Learning to do it Gods Way

LEARNING TO DO IT GOD’S WAY

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

I)      INTRODUCTION – THE ARK OF GOD IN THE OLD TESTAMENT WAS NOT JUST A REPRESENTATION OF THE PRESENCE OF GOD; IT WAS THE PRESENCE OF GOD.  THE PRESENCE OF GOD RESTED BETWEEN THE CHRERUBIMS     GOD GAVE THE EXACT SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE ARK, AS WELL AS THE TABERNACLE IN WHICH IT RESIDED, TO MOSES.  IT WAS ALSO CALLED THE ARK OF THE TESTIMONY FOR WITHIN IT WAS THE TABLES OF STONE ON WHICH THE FINGER OF GOD INSCRIBED THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.  IN ELI’S REIGN, THE PHILISTINES CAPTURED THE ARK OF GOD. ELI ROCKED BACK ON HIS ROCKING CHAIR AND DIED WHEN HE FOUND OUT THAT THE ARK OF GOD WAS CAPTURED BY THE PHILISTINES.  THE WIFE OF PHINIAS, ELI’S DAUGHTER IN LAW, DYING A CHILD BIRTH SAID “The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.” 1Sa 4:22 THE ARK OF GOD BECAME A TERROR TO THE PHILISTINES. REMEMBER THE STORY OF HOW THEIR GOD DAGON KEPT FALLING OVER AND THE PHILISTINES WERE AFFLICTED WITH SORES.  AFTER, SEVEN MONTHS OF MOVING IT FROM TOWN TO TOWN, THEY FINALLY GOT WISE AND SENT THE ARK BACK TO ISRAEL.  IT CAME TO KIRIATH JEARMIN IN ISRAEL BY WAY OF BETH SHEMESH AND REMAINED THERE NEARLY 70 YEARS.  ELEAZER WAS FIRST APPOINTED TO CARE FOR THE ARK IN THE HOUSE OF ABINIDAB.  SADLY, KING SAUL IGNORED THE ARK OF GOD THROUGHOUT HIS ENTIRE REIGN.

READING: 2 SAMUEL 6:1 – 15, TEXT: 2 SAMUEL 6:9 “How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?  “HOW SHALL THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD COME TO ME”

II)    KING DAVID WANTED TO RETURN THE ARK, THE PRESENCE OF GOD, TO JERUSALEM, THE CITY OF DAVID, AND THE CAPITAL OF ISRAEL FROM KIRIATH JEARMIN

A)    HE CONFIDED WITH THE LEADERS OF ISRAEL ON HOW BEST TO DO THIS AND CAME UP WITH A PLAN.

B)   HE USED 30,000 CHOSEN MEN, REPRESENTING ALL THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL.

C)   HE PREPARED A NEW CART AND A TEAM OF OXEN AND WENT DOWN TO BRING THE ARK TO JERUSALEM, THE CITY OF DAVID.

D)   THIS WOULD BE A GRAND OCCASION – THE ARK HAD BEEN GONE FOR 70 YEARS.  IT WOULD BE BROUGHT TO JERUSALEM, THE CITY OF DAVID WITH A GREAT CELEBRATION, DANCING AND SINGING AND WORSHIPING THE LORD.

III)   THEY SET THE ARK ON A NEW CART AND BROUGHT IT TO THE HOUSE OF ABINADAB.

A)    2Sa 6:5 David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, and cymbals.

B)   WHEN IT CAME TO THE NACHON’S THRESHING FLOOR ONE OF THE OXEN STUMBLED AND UZZAH REACHED OUT TO STEADY THE ARK AND GOD STUCK HIM DEAD RIGHT THERE.  UZZAH MEANS STRENGTH.

C)   SOMETHING SIMILAR HAD HAPPENED BEFORE WHEN THE ARK FIRST CAME BACK TO ISRAEL, TO THE TOWN OF BETH SHEMESH.  70 MEN OF BETH SHEMESH WERE STRUCK DEAD FOR OPENING THE LID AND LOOKING INTO THE ARK.

D)   THE CELEBRATION CAME TO AN ABRUPT HALT. DAVID WAS ANGRY WITH THE LORD.  HE NAMED THE PLACE “PEREZ – UZZAH, MEANING BREACH OF UZZAH.”

E)   HOW COULD SOMETHING THAT SEEMED SO RIGHT GO SO WRONG?  WAS THERE ANY QUESTION THAT GOD PUT THIS IN DAVID’S HEART?  I THINK NOT.

F)    DAVID LEFT THE ARK AT THE HOUSE OF OBED EDOM, A LEVITE FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.

IV)  DAVID SOUGHT THE LORD AND THE LAW OF MOSES ABOUT HOW THE ARK OF THE LORD SHOULD BE MOVED.

A)    IT WAS TO BE MOVED BY THE LEVITES, BUT THEY WERE NOT TO TOUCH IT. (1 CHRONICLES 15:12 – 15)

B)   THE ARK HAD THEE RINGS ON EITHER SIDE, INTO WHICH TWO POLES WERE TO BE INSERTED.  THE ARK WAS TO BE CARRIED ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE PRIESTS USING THE POLES.

C)   THE HOUSE OF OBED EDOM EXPERIENCED GREAT BLESSINGS DURING THE 3 MONTHS THAT THE ARK REMAINED THERE.

D)   DAVID WENT AND GOT THE ARK OF GOD AND BROUGHT IT TO JERUSALEM, THIS TIME HE DID IT GOD’S WAY.

E)   AGAIN THERE WAS A GREAT CELEBRATION.   WHEN THE PRIESTS HAD TAKEN 6 STEPS A BULL AND A FATTED CALF WERE SACRIFICED. 2Sa 6:17 AND     they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

V)    HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO THE GOD’S PEOPLE AND THE CHURCH TODAY?

A)      WHEN GOD PUTS IT IN OUR HEARTS TO DO SOMETHING FOR HIM WE MUST BE VERY CAREFUL TO HONOR HIM.  “THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM”.

B)   WHEN GOD’S ANGER BROKE OUT ON UZZAH DAVID ASKED THE QUESTION WHICH WE HAVE CHOSEN FOR OUR TEXT: 2 SAMUEL 6:9 “How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?  OR “HOW SHALL WE COME INTO THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD?”

C)   IT WAS NOT THE CELEBRATION OR EVEN THE WORSHIP THAT USHERED IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.

D)   WE CAN CONSULT WITH THE EXPERTS AND WITH EACH OTHER, BUT IT IS A MISTAKE NOT TO FIRST CONSULT WITH GOD IN PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION.   THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FROM HEARING FROM GOD.

E)   WE MAY HAVE THE RIGHT MOTIVE AND APPEAR TO BE DOING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS  AND FIND OUT THE HARD WAY THAT WE HAVE DEEPLY OFFENDED GOD AND GRIEVED THE HOLY SPIRIT, BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT SOUGHT HIM AND DID IT HIS WAY.

F)    THE NAME UZZAH MEANS “STRENGTH”.  WE CANNOT USHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN OUR OWN STRENGTH, WITH OUR TALENTS OR GIFTINGS ALONE – Psa 127:1  “…Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain…”.

G)   THE LORD WILL BRING US TO THE THRESHING FLOOR TO TEST OUR SERVICE TO HIM.

H)   THE PRIESTS OF THE LORD WERE CALLED TO CARRY THE ARK AND THAT IS NOT CHANGED TODAY.   PETER SAYS:   1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.   AS HIS PRIESTS WE MUST PUT OUR SPIRITUAL SHOULDERS TO THE BURDEN TO USHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD, BUT WE DARE NOT TOUCH THE ARK; HE IS HOLY A HOLY GOD.

I)      ARE YOU LIVING AS A PRIEST OF GOD, HOLY AND SEPARATED ONTO HIM?  ARE YOU OFFERING UP SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES OUT OF A PURE HEART?

J)    WE MAY DECIDE THAT THE OLD WAYS OF USHERING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD ARE OLD FASHIONED, ARE TOO DEMANDING, OR NOT EXCITING OR ENTERTAINING.  WHEN WE TRY TO GO ON, THE OX STUMBLES, AND WE TRY TO HELP GOD OUT, WE PUT OUR HANDS TO STEADY THE ARK OR THE CHURCH AND GOD RESPONDS IN HOLY ANGER.

K)   WE GET ANGRY WITH GOD BECAUSE WE DON’T THINK HE APPRECIATES OUR SACRIFICE OR WORSHIP AND WALK AWAY FROM THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

VI)   CONCLUSION – I SENSE THAT SOME OF YOU ARE SOMETIMES ANGRY OR UPSET WITH GOD.   YOU TRIED TO SERVE HIM BUT HE DOESN’T SEEM TO APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS. IN REGARD TO YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE YOU ARE ASKING THE QUESTION, “HOW SHALL THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD COME TO ME?”  IN REGARD TO YOUR MINISTRY TO OTHERS YOU ASK THE QUESTION “HOW DO I USHER IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD?” SOME OF YOU HAVE LEFT THE ARK OF HIS PRESENCE BEHIND, AND ARE GOING ABOUT LIFE AS BEST YOU KNOW HOW BECAUSE IT JUST DIDN’T WORK.    LIKE DAVID YOU SEE OTHERS BEING BLESSED AND YOU BEGIN TO SEARCH OUT THE REASONS FOR THE BREECH.

PRACTICAL STEPS THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO ENJOY THE PRESENCE OF GOD AGAIN:

REVERENCE THE LORD FOR HE IS HOLY AND UNDERSTAND THAT HIS WAYS WILL NOT ALWAYS BE UNDERSTOOD.

SANCTIFY YOURSELF BEFORE THE LORD, AS A PRIEST OF THE LORD, AND REDEDICATE YOURSELF TO HIS SERVICE.   PUT ON THE GARMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.  (DAVID WORE AND EPHOD, A PRIESTLY GARMENT, EVEN THOUGH HE WAS NOT A PRIEST.)

PUT YOUR SHOULDERS UNDER THE BURDEN BUT DO NOT TOUCH THE ARK – DON’T GET UPSET OR QUESTION OR BARGAIN WITH GOD AS IF YOU WERE HIS EQUAL.  DON’T TALK NEGATIVE ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP APPOINTED OVER YOU AS IF TO STEADY THE ARK – OR HIS CHURCH, BUT PRAY FOR THEM.

BE DILIGENT IN THE WORK OF THE LORD.   STUDY HIS WORD AND PRAY SO THAT YOU CAN DO HIS WORK HIS WAY, SO THAT HE WILL BLESS YOU.

 

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