Did you know the reason why Uzza died?

Did you know, why Uzza died, while he only had good intentions, and wanted to prevent the ark of God from falling?

The ark of God stood in Kirjatjearim. During the days of Saul, the people of Israel didn’t enquired at all. No, no one cared about the ark of God. David decided to bring the ark back to his city, and the whole congregation supported his plan. His plan was right in the eyes of all the people. But was it also right in the eyes of the Lord?

the two great commandments, If you love Me keep My commandmentsDavid and Israël went up to Baalah, to Kirjatjearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up the ark of the Lord. They carried the ark of God in a new cart, out of the house of Abinadab. Uzza and Ahio led the cart.

David and all Israel played before God with all their might, with singing, harps, psalteries, trimbrels, cymbals, and trumpets. But then it happened…

On the threshing floor of Chidon, the oxen stumbled. Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark of God, to prevent the ark of God from falling.

But the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and He smote him. Because he had put his hand to the ark. And Uzza died before God.

David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzza. He became afraid of God, and I think the whole congregation became afraid of God too. Therefore David brought not the ark of God to himself, but to the house of Obededom, the Gettite. At the house of Obededom the ark remained there for three months. The Lord blessed the house of Obededom (2 Sam 6, 1 Chr 13)

Rebellion against the Word of God

When you read this story, it’s difficult to comprehend why the Lord smote Uzza and why Uzza died. Considering that Uzza only had good intentions. He only wanted to prevent the ark from falling, which seems like a good deed. But God didn’t see his action as a good intention, but as a rebellious deed against His Word.

The first attempt according to the plan of man

When we take a closer look at David’s plan, to bring back the ark of God, it is very clear that his plan was a  plan of man, and not a plan after God’s will. David said to the people: “and that it be of the Lord our God.” But his actions showed, that it was not according to God’s will, because;

David consulted man instead of God

First of all David didn’t consult God about bringing back the ark. But David consulted the captains and every leader

For because ye did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order (1 Ch 15:13)

The ark was not carried by Levites

Secondly, David didn’t keep God’s commandments: that the Levites were separated and appointed by God to care for and bear (carry) the ark, after they had sanctified themselves.

At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day. (Deu 10:8)

And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and unto all the elders of Israel (Deu 31:9, lees ook o.a.Joshua 3:3-17, 4:10)

And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever. And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord unto his place, which he had prepared for it (1 Ch 15:1-3)

They didn’t carry the ark upon their shoulders but on a self-made cart

Thirdly, they had put the ark in a self-made cart, instead of carrying the ark with the staves upon their shoulders, as God had commanded Moses.

And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it (Ex 25:14,15)

At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister unto him, and to bless in his name, unto this day. (Deu 10:8)

Uzza died, because he wasn’t a Levite and touched the holy ark

And last but not least, which is also the reason why Uzza died: Uzza touched the ark of God, while he wasn’t a Levite, and was not sanctified and made holy, to touch the holy ark of God. God had clearly warned the people of Israel, what would happen if someone, who wasn’t appointed and made holy, would touch any holy thing of the Lord.

When Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation (Num 4:15)

And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God (1 Ch 13:10)

The second attempt was according to God’s plan

The ark had stayed in the house of Obed-Edom. After three months, David decided to bring the ark to his city. But this time, he did it according to the will of God. David kept God’s commandments. Because David kept the commandments of the Lord, God helped the Levites to carry the ark

So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of Obededom with joy. And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams(1 Ch 15:25-26)

We can conclude from Davids and Uzza’s actions, that no action coming from a good intention, no matter how beautiful it may seem, shall justify an action, which goes against the Word of God. God shall never approve something, that goes against His Word.

‘Be the salt of the earth’

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