Perez Uzzah

2 Samuel 6:6-7
6 And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled.
7 Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.

If there was anyone who had the right and the honor to have the ark of the LORD in his city, it would have been King David. So, after conquering Jerusalem and setting it up as the seat of the kingdom of Israel, David took it upon himself to bring the ark to the city. Perhaps if David had paid closer attention to HOW he was supposed to move the ark (Exodus 25:13-14), then maybe he would not have put the ark in an ox-cart, and maybe the oxen wouldn’t have shaken the ark, and maybe Uzzah wouldn’t have crossed all lines of familiarity and touched the ark to steady it. That’s a lot of “maybe.” The point here is that David did make a mistake in how he moved the ark, and Uzzah made a bigger mistake in presuming that he needed to steady the ark.

There are a lot of people who think they know the best way to handle the Word of God. They repackage it, distort it or “edit” it, so they can bring it closer to their own thoughts and their own standards. They think the Bible needs propping up by extensive dogma and creeds and confessions. Worse yet, they ignore such prohibitions as not to add to or take away from the Bible (Deuteronomy 4:2, Revelation 22:18), and so today many people simply ignore what is “inconvenient” for them in God’s Word. Like Uzzah, many folks presume that the Bible needs help, that it will fall over if they don’t use human hands to hold it up. Of course, by presuming that God’s Word needs propping up after they have mishandled it, those who distort the Bible are bringing judgment upon themselves.

So let us not share the fate of Uzzah. The blessings of the Lord come to those who treat His Word with respect, to those who neither add to nor take away from it. God will tend to His Word so long as we treat it with care and reverence. Furthermore, if we would bring God closer to us, it must be on His terms, not our own. Read and study Scripture to learn God’s will, and allow His Word to dwell in your heart. And most importantly, humbly accept His Son Christ Jesus, and then the Holy Spirit will come to you wherever you are – no ox-cart needed.

Almighty God, I thank you for the gift of Your Word, which brings light and understanding to all. Help me to know You through Your holy Bible, which I will always treat with respect and honor. Lord God, have mercy upon those who presume upon You, and teach them to revere You. Amen.


About Glenn Pettit

I am a deacon at The Well of Iowa, and a father and grandfather. Called to teach and to preach, I write fresh messages about the Bible every now and then.
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