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To serve God according to our own ideas, instead of following God's ordinances is to deny God as God. Why?







    from Gibeah to Jerusalem, they used the Philistine method. The following history is then recorded:

      "And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God."

      - II Samuel 6:3-7

    Three months later, the ark was successfully transported to Jerusalem. How does verse 13 reveal a difference in the people's approach?

      "And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he (David) sacrificed oxen and fatlings."

      - II Samuel 6:13

    How was the ark to be transported? Was the ark, or were the people, to go first? Was anyone allowed to touch the ark? Why not?

    Why was Uzzah slain by God? What lesson does this history teach us about the principle of the second commandment?


    In Leviticus 10, we read the following story regarding Nadab and Abihu who were priests, the sons of Aaron.

      "And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He commanded them not. And there went out fire from


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