Take the Lord With You
Getting to Know You
What did you find enriching, encouraging, or unnerving about Sunday’s teaching?
Studying 1 Samuel 4, we learned how Israel’s armies were defeated because they didn’t take the Lord with them. After suffering defeat, they thought they could take the Ark of the Covenant into battle with them and they’d automatically win. They didn’t. Put yourself in their shoes. How might you have felt? Have you ever been confident you had something in the bag only to find out you were wrong? Please share.
Difficult trials cause us to reflect—to review our lives and to see where we’ve gone wrong. As Luke said on Sunday, “Some lick their wounds, but the wise look to God.” King David had times of looking to God and he had times of licking his wounds. Please read 1 Chronicles 13 and note examples of each.
What did you learn from this passage?
Notice that David is angry and afraid because of what God did. How might you have felt?
It’s important to note that God gave clear instructions for the transport of the Ark. It was to be carried on poles and only by priests from the lineage of Kohath (Exodus 25:12-14; Numbers 7:9). David led the people to mishandle the Ark and Uzzah was wrong to touch it. Eventually, David saw that God was not blame; he himself was responsible. Please read the following passage about how David brought the Ark back to Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 6:12-15
12 Now King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. 13 When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. 14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, 15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
What motivated David to take the Ark back to Jerusalem?
What did he do differently this time?
Bringing it Home
We are blessed when we take the Lord with us! But it’s not as easy as grabbing a holy object whether it’s the Ark, or a Bible, or a cross. We need to obey God. How can you apply the things you’ve learned this week so you can take the Lord with you?
It’s important to remember too that we can never be perfectly obedient. Like David sacrificed animals before the Ark, we need a sacrifice for our sins. It’s Jesus’s blood that brings us near to God. What are some ways you can live in gratitude for his sacrifice?