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April 7 - Evening

"David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. He and all his men went to Baalah in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark. They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart with the ark of God on it, and Ahio was walking in front of it. David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.
When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.
Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.
David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, ' How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?' "

- Second Samuel 6:1-9

David Fails to Move the Ark of the Covenant Correctly

When the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant from the battle field with Israel they were struck with a plague, rats and tumors. In an attempt to rid themselves of these deadly problems they molded five gold rats and five gold tumors which were placed, along with the Ark, in a cart drawn by two cows (1 Sam. 6:1-21). The cart was not guided, yet the cows pulled the Ark of God back into the land of Israel up the Sorek Valley and stopped outside the city of Beth Shemesh, one of the Levitical cities. When the people of Beth Shemesh looked inside the Ark seventy of them died, so they begged someone else to take it to their city. At that time it was taken by some men from Kiriath Jearim into their town. It has remained there until the days of David ….

David had successfully subdued the Philistines in 2 Samuel 5:17-25. David’s route of the Philistines was so complete at the battle of Baal Perazim that the Philistines abandoned their idols and David’s men carried them off. With the anticipation that the Philistines will regroup, it is possible that David anticipates the Philistines could make an attempt at retaking the Ark of the Covenant in retaliation for Israel having plundered their idols. So, in the very next chapter, 2 Samuel 6, we see David getting 30,000 young men together to escort the Ark of the Covenant from the town of Kiriath Jearim, or Baalah (1 Chron. 13:6) seven miles into his new capital city of Jerusalem.

The problem is that David and his priesthood appear to be so ignorant of the Word of God and the Law of Moses that they simply imitate the pagan Philistines. This, of course, was the main problem with the days of the Judges that extended into the culture that Samuel tried to revive with teaching and it continued up through Saul’s reign into David’s day. There were very specific instructions concerning the treatment and movement of the Ark in the written text of scripture available to the priests, just as there were detailed instructions concerning many other areas of life and worship. But, David, his priests and his culture were ignorant of this divine instruction, so by default they simply imitated the Philistine’s treatment and movement of the Ark.

But, on the way from Kiriath-Jearim the oxen stumbled at about the 3.5 mile mark. The cart rocked, the Ark began to fall and Uzzah the priest saved the day by grabbing a hold of the Ark to prevent it from falling!...but, everything went wrong at that point since everything had been set up wrong by those who did not know the Word of God, but had instead imitated the pagan culture. Uzzah dropped dead…the procession stops…people start to back away and then run back to their homes…David gets angry…then, David gets afraid…David does not understand…David realizes he cannot bring the Ark into the city of Jerusalem, so he leaves it at the home of Obed-Edom.

The Ark was at Obed-Edom’s home for three months, but instead of people dying and being struck by the wrath of the Lord, the home was blessed!? (Map of the Ark's progression.)

It appears that during this three month period David and his priests hit the books and started to attend some local Bible studies because they figured out what they had done wrong. They were treating God like pagans, instead of in accordance with how he had instructed Moses.
Paraklesis (Gr) – Comfort (Eng) – paraklesis is Greek word that means “a calling to one’s side.” Paraklesis comes from para, meaning “with” plus klesis, meaning “call.” The idea this word expresses is “an exhortation,” “consolation,” and “comfort.” Paraklesis is translated “exhortation in Luke 6:24; Acts 9:31; Romans 15:4-5 and 1 Corinthians 14:3. In Luke 2:25 paraklesis is equivalent to waiting for the Messiah and for the deliverance he would provide.
Do I imitate pagan worship or do I know and understand God's Word and God's ways?
I will be attentive to worship and live like a man of God and not a religious pagan.

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Ask God to convict you of sin, error


Opportunities to share the gospel in church and in community
USA and Israel relationship

Pavement under today's Damascus Gate set in place at the time of Herod Agrippa I’s expansion of the city walls to the north and west in 41-44 AD. The first century gates from this time have been uncovered (image). (Details)
Map showing the start of the church in Antioch, Syria by believers from Cyrene and Cyprus as recorded in Acts 11:19-20.

Someone to Quote

"[The] clash that is coming – and that has, indeed, already begun…[is] between those who claim the Judeo-Christian worldview and those who have abandoned that worldview in favor of the ‘isms’ of contemporary American life…a family called ‘the secularist orthodoxy.’ ” – Robert P. George

Something to Ponder

Inspiration Points of Doctrine
1. All Scripture is inspired. (2 Tim. 3:16)
2. Scripture comes from the mouth of God. (2 Tim. 3:16)
3. Scripture reveals God’s plan and God’s ways to man. (2 Tim. 3:16)
4. Scripture did not originate in the thoughts of man. (2 Peter 1:20)
5. Scripture came through men who were carried along by the Holy Ghost in their thinking, speaking and writing. (2 Peter 1:20)
6. The Words of Scripture were written through inspiration. (1 Cor. 2:13)
7. The Words of Scripture continue to be inspired throughout all time. (Mark 13:31)

Here’s a Fact

Genetic scientists have found shared markers in the Y chromosomes of Jewish men who claim to be descendants of Jewish priests. These markers are not found in other Jewish men. Since the Hebrew word Cohanim means priests it can be assumed that last names such as Cohen, Coen, Kohn and Kahn can come from the descendants of Aaron. Testing of these Y chromosome markers provides date calculations based on the mutations that show a time frame for the Cohen line of some 3,300 years. That is the time of the establishment of the priesthood of Aaron in Sinai. (Details 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)


"Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."
-Proverbs 31:31

Coach’s Corner

Falsehood, deception and lies always complicate the future.

1 Samuel 6
New International Version (NIV)
The Ark Returned to Israel
When the ark of the Lord had been in Philistine territory seven months, the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us how we should send it back to its place.”
They answered, “If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it back to him without a gift; by all means send a guilt offering to him. Then you will be healed, and you will know why his hand has not been lifted from you.”
The Philistines asked, “What guilt offering should we send to him?”
They replied, “Five gold tumors and five gold rats, according to the number of the Philistine rulers, because the same plague has struck both you and your rulers.
Make models of the tumors and of the rats that are destroying the country, and give glory to Israel’s god. Perhaps he will lift his hand from you and your gods and your land. Why do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh did? When Israel’s god dealt harshly with them, did they not send the Israelites out so they could go on their way?
“Now then, get a new cart ready, with two cows that have calved and have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up. Take the ark of the Lord and put it on the cart, and in a chest beside it put the gold objects you are sending back to him as a guilt offering. Send it on its way, but keep watching it. If it goes up to its own territory, toward Beth Shemesh, then the Lord has brought this great disaster on us. But if it does not, then we will know that it was not his hand that struck us but that it happened to us by chance.”
10 So they did this. They took two such cows and hitched them to the cart and penned up their calves. 11 They placed the ark of the Lord on the cart and along with it the chest containing the gold rats and the models of the tumors. 12 Then the cows went straight up toward Beth Shemesh, keeping on the road and lowing all the way; they did not turn to the right or to the left. The rulers of the Philistines followed them as far as the border of Beth Shemesh.
13 Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting their wheat in the valley, and when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight. 14 The cart came to the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and there it stopped beside a large rock. The people chopped up the wood of the cart and sacrificed the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord. 15 The Levites took down the ark of the Lord, together with the chest containing the gold objects, and placed them on the large rock. On that day the people of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices to the Lord. 16 The five rulers of the Philistines saw all this and then returned that same day to Ekron.
17 These are the gold tumors the Philistines sent as a guilt offering to the Lord—one each for Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron. 18 And the number of the gold rats was according to the number of Philistine towns belonging to the five rulers—the fortified towns with their country villages. The large rock on which the Levites set the ark of the Lord is a witness to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh.
19 But God struck down some of the inhabitants of Beth Shemesh, putting seventy of them to death because they looked into the ark of the Lord. The people mourned because of the heavy blow the Lord had dealt them. 20 And the people of Beth Shemesh asked, “Who can stand in the presence of the Lord, this holy God? To whom will the ark go up from here?”
21 Then they sent messengers to the people of Kiriath Jearim, saying, “The Philistines have returned the ark of the Lord. Come down and take it up to your town.”
2 Samuel 5:17-25
New International Version (NIV)
David Defeats the Philistines
17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold. 18 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; 19 so David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”
The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”
20 So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.” So that place was called Baal Perazim. 21 The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off.
22 Once more the Philistines came up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; 23 so David inquired of the Lord, and he answered, “Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. 24 As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” 25 So David did as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
2 Samuel 6
New International Version (NIV)
The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. He and all his men went to Baalah in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name, the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark. They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart with the ark of God on it, and Ahio was walking in front of it. David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.
When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. The Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.
Then David was angry because the Lord’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.
David was afraid of the Lord that day and said, “How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?” 10 He was not willing to take the ark of the Lord to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the Lord blessed him and his entire household.
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.
16 As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.
17 They brought the ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the Lord. 18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord Almighty. 19 Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.
20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
21 David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. 22 I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
23 And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
1 Chronicles 13:6
New International Version (NIV)
David and all Israel went to Baalah of Judah (Kiriath Jearim) to bring up from there the ark of God the Lord, who is enthroned between the cherubim—the ark that is called by the Name.
Acts 11:19-20
New International Version (NIV)
The Church in Antioch
19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus.
Psalm 57
New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 57
For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam. When he had fled from Saul into the cave.

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me,     for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings     until the disaster has passed.

I cry out to God Most High,     to God, who vindicates me.

He sends from heaven and saves me,     rebuking those who hotly pursue me—     God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.

I am in the midst of lions;     I am forced to dwell among ravenous beasts— men whose teeth are spears and arrows,     whose tongues are sharp swords.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;     let your glory be over all the earth.

They spread a net for my feet—     I was bowed down in distress. They dug a pit in my path—     but they have fallen into it themselves.

My heart, O God, is steadfast,     my heart is steadfast;     I will sing and make music.

Awake, my soul!     Awake, harp and lyre!     I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;     I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;     your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;     let your glory be over all the earth.
Psalm 142
New International Version (NIV)
Psalm 142
A maskil of David. When he was in the cave. A prayer.

I cry aloud to the Lord;     I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.

I pour out before him my complaint;     before him I tell my trouble.

When my spirit grows faint within me,     it is you who watch over my way. In the path where I walk     people have hidden a snare for me.

Look and see, there is no one at my right hand;     no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge;     no one cares for my life.

I cry to you, Lord;     I say, “You are my refuge,     my portion in the land of the living.”

Listen to my cry,     for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me,     for they are too strong for me.

Set me free from my prison,     that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me     because of your goodness to me.
Ruth 3-4
New International Version (NIV)
Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor
One day Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi said to her, “My daughter, I must find a home for you, where you will be well provided for. Now Boaz, with whose women you have worked, is a relative of ours. Tonight he will be winnowing barley on the threshing floor. Wash, put on perfume, and get dressed in your best clothes. Then go down to the threshing floor, but don’t let him know you are there until he has finished eating and drinking. When he lies down, note the place where he is lying. Then go and uncover his feet and lie down. He will tell you what to do.”
“I will do whatever you say,” Ruth answered. So she went down to the threshing floor and did everything her mother-in-law told her to do.
When Boaz had finished eating and drinking and was in good spirits, he went over to lie down at the far end of the grain pile. Ruth approached quietly, uncovered his feet and lay down. In the middle of the night something startled the man; he turned—and there was a woman lying at his feet!
“Who are you?” he asked.
“I am your servant Ruth,” she said. “Spread the corner of your garment over me, since you are a guardian-redeemer of our family.”
10 “The Lord bless you, my daughter,” he replied. “This kindness is greater than that which you showed earlier: You have not run after the younger men, whether rich or poor. 11 And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you all you ask. All the people of my town know that you are a woman of noble character. 12 Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I. 13 Stay here for the night, and in the morning if he wants to do his duty as your guardian-redeemer, good; let him redeem you. But if he is not willing, as surely as the Lord lives I will do it. Lie here until morning.”
14 So she lay at his feet until morning, but got up before anyone could be recognized; and he said, “No one must know that a woman came to the threshing floor.”
15 He also said, “Bring me the shawl you are wearing and hold it out.” When she did so, he poured into it six measures of barley and placed the bundle on her. Then he went back to town.
16 When Ruth came to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “How did it go, my daughter?”
Then she told her everything Boaz had done for her
17 and added, “He gave me these six measures of barley, saying, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’”
18 Then Naomi said, “Wait, my daughter, until you find out what happens. For the man will not rest until the matter is settled today.”
Boaz Marries Ruth
Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, “Come over here, my friend, and sit down.” So he went over and sat down.
Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so. Then he said to the guardian-redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from Moab, is selling the piece of land that belonged to our relative Elimelek. I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, do so. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line.”
“I will redeem it,” he said.
Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the land from Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the dead man’s widow, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property.”
At this, the guardian-redeemer said, “Then I cannot redeem it because I might endanger my own estate. You redeem it yourself. I cannot do it.”
(Now in earlier times in Israel, for the redemption and transfer of property to become final, one party took off his sandal and gave it to the other. This was the method of legalizing transactions in Israel.)
So the guardian-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it yourself.” And he removed his sandal.
Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelek, Kilion and Mahlon. 10 I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, Mahlon’s widow, as my wife, in order to maintain the name of the dead with his property, so that his name will not disappear from among his family or from his hometown. Today you are witnesses!”
11 Then the elders and all the people at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the family of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. 12 Through the offspring the Lord gives you by this young woman, may your family be like that of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah.”
Naomi Gains a Son
13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When he made love to her, the Lord enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son. 14 The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the Lord, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! 15 He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”
16 Then Naomi took the child in her arms and cared for him. 17 The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.
The Genealogy of David
18 This, then, is the family line of Perez:
Perez was the father of Hezron,
19 Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab,
20 Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
21 Salmon the father of Boaz,
Boaz the father of Obed,
22 Obed the father of Jesse,
and Jesse the father of David.

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