First Chronicles 15 Commentary
This is what they needed to do in the first place: carry the ark of God with poles on their shoulders. This task was exclusively for the sons of Aaron, as directed by the LORD through Moses. We cannot be casual about the instructions of the LORD.
So David is making his second attempt to bring the Ark to Jerusalem. It must be transported in a prescribed way. There is no mistake this time because David has gone back to the manual. So admirable! A mistake shouldn’t be a full stop. We can always get back to the instructions and make things right.
It seems only the Ark is present. We are not sure about the many other components of the original Sanctuary. Could this signal trouble for Israel? Where is the lampstand or the other tables in the Holy place?
The many years of apostasy, perfectly described in the Book of Judges, leading to the time of Eli’s wicked sons, the Sanctuary had suffered neglect and disrepair. It perfectly mirrored men’s fallen hearts. Israel had gone back to the worship of several gods of the Canaanites. This event is therefore an important phase in the history of the nation.
The nation would get back to the God of Abraham but it must be done according to the Law. The Law is timeless. It is never right until it’s done according to the Law.
So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves in order to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel. Verse 14. The saint is the priest of the New Testament. Two important lessons here: firstly, consecrate yourself before transporting the ark, the word, to the world; secondly, carry it yourself. The saint isn’t a courier of salt and light to the needy world. She is the salt and the light to the world.
The God of the universe must be celebrated by all, so we think. And we are wrong. There is always a Michal who won’t understand your zeal for the LORD. But that is fine. Let it be their decision. You have made yours.
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