Lesson 35 – The
Background” (paragraphs 2&3) suggest David took two steps in his efforts to
unite the tribes of
2. Why do you think David believed the first step would foster loyalty among the northern tribes?
“Praise the Lord! How good it is to sing praises to our God for God is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.”
:David has a capital city that will prove
strategically useful in
his battles with the Philistines. But how will he overcome the hostility of some of the tribes toward him and his Judean leaders? The answer clearly lies in the field of religious
symbolism and practice.
2David took two
steps. They are reported in separate places, and we do not know which occurred
first. It seems likely that the first step is that
reported in our chapter, 2 Samuel 6: the bringing of the ark of the covenant from its longtime location in the small town of
3The second step David took was to purchase land north of
4David's purchase of this site and the use he put it to will be discussed below. For
now, however, we want to
examine David's first act to make
5The ark was a symbol of great importance, especially for the northern tribes.
6But then disaster struck. One of the priests was struck down and died, and the whole
effort had to be
abandoned. David and his colleagues were convinced that God was not willing for him, at that time, to move the ark to
7But David's wife Michal was ashamed and humiliated by David's uncontrolled dancing. She attacked him for making such a spectacle of himself. However, David knew that he had done just the right thing in rejoicing before God, showing his delight that God had given such honor to the new city of Jerusalem and to his own household.
8The ceremony went on. The king distributed rich gifts to all the families in Jerusalem, the ark was placed in a special tent set up by David, and Jerusalem was on the way to becoming the religious capital for the twelve tribes of Israel.
9Now we need to look briefly at David's second act to make
2 Samuel 6
gathered all the chosen men of
David and all
the people with him set out and went from Baale-
They carried the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart with the ark of God; and Ahio went in front of the ark.
David and all
the house of
When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen shook it.
The anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God struck him there because he reached out his hand to the ark; and he died there beside the ark of God.
David was angry because the LORD had burst forth with an outburst upon Uzzah; so that place is called Perez-uzzah, to this day.
David was afraid of the LORD that day; he said, "How can the ark of the LORD come into my care?"
So David was
unwilling to take the ark of the LORD into his care in the city of
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.
It was told
King David, "The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-edom
and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God." So David went and
brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom
to the city of
David danced before the LORD with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod.
So David and
all the house of
As the ark of
the LORD came into the city of
They brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place, inside the tent that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and offerings of well-being before the LORD.
When David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the offerings of well-being, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts, and distributed food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. Then all the people went back to their homes.
David returned to bless his household. But Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, "How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants' maids, as any vulgar fellow might shamelessly uncover himself!"
David said to
Michal, "It was before the LORD, who chose me in
place of your father and all his household, to appoint
me as prince over
I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in my own eyes; but by the maids of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor."
And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.