Last night and this morning I spent my time in our replica of the Tabernacle and I have to say it was nothing short of powerful. I found myself sitting before the Ark of the Covenant and not wanting to leave. Part of me said “Let’s just take the ark home”. There is awe, but that awe is accompanied by a reverential peace that I cannot explain.
As I desired to take it home, my thoughts went to the story in 2 Samuel 6 when David tried to move the Ark back to Jerusalem after a 40 year absence. David’s zeal for God momentarily hindered his judgement and instead of following God’s pattern for transporting the ark, he placed it on a new cart and led a musical parade back toward Jerusalem. During the procession the Oxen pulling the cart stumbled and one of the drivers (Uzzah) reached out and touched the Ark to keep it from falling. Because Uzzah was not a Priest, he was not permitted to touch the Ark. He was struck dead on the scene and David was forced to regroup.
While he was regrouping, he moved the Ark for 3 months into the house of a man named Obed-Edom. Look at what the scripture says about this 3 month period.
“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.” (2 Samuel 6:11 NKJV). Another account of this reads this way:
“The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.” (1 Chronicles 13:14 NKJV)
Can you imagine what went on in that house for 3 months with the Presence, Power and Glory of God resident? Unreal. All that he had was blessed because of the abiding presence taking up residence in his home. What would happen to our homes today if we would allow the abiding presence of God to take up residence?
The result of this 3 month period in Obed-Edom’s life was greatly reflected in his posterity. Obed-Edom and all of his sons and grandsons became Gatekeepers of the Ark under David’s administration. They got so used to the abiding Presence, they couldn’t let it go. Watch this:
“Moreover the sons of Obed-Edom were Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth, Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peulthai the eighth; for God blessed him. Also to Shemaiah his son were sons born who governed their fathers’ houses, because they were men of great ability. The sons of Shemaiah were Othni, Rephael, Obed, and Elzabad, whose brothers Elihu and Semachiah were able men. All these were of the sons of Obed-Edom, they and their sons and their brethren, able men with strength for the work: sixty-two of Obed-Edom.” (1 Chronicles 26:4-8 NKJV)
Because of Christ’s work, the abiding Presence is available to all of us. Invite it to take residence in your home. Not only will you be blessed, your posterity will be “able men with strength for the work.”