Thoughts and Reflection
In today’s reading, David brings the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. The Ark contains the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s staff, and manna. The Ark is being brought on a cart that is drawn by oxen. When the oxen stumble, Uzzah reaches out to steady the Ark with his hand and the Lord slains him for the irreverence. The Ark can only be transported by the priests and they are not allowed to touch it (Numbers 4:15).
What happens when we choose to sin? We are saying to God, “I know what you want, but I want to do what I want.” This will lead us to spiritual death.
Reading Psalm 89 praises God for his faithfulness, goodness, and strength in defeating the enemy. The second half of this psalm speaks of loss, defeat, and disgrace. In the end, we praise the Lord in all things — the good and bad.
Mary, the Mother of God, has been called “the Ark of the Covenant.” Why is this?
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
2 Samuel 6
1 David again mustered all the picked troops of Israel, thirty thousand men.
3 They transported the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of Abinadab’s house which is on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the cart,
4 Uzzah walked alongside the ark of God and Ahio went in front.
5 David and the whole House of Israel danced before Yahweh with all their might, singing to the accompaniment of harps, lyres, tambourines, sistrums and cymbals.
6 When they came to Nacon’s threshing-floor, Uzzah reached his hand out to the ark of God and steadied it, as the oxen were making it tilt.
9 That day David felt afraid of Yahweh. ‘How can the ark of Yahweh come to be with me?’ he said.
10 So David decided not to take the ark of Yahweh with him into the city of David but diverted it to the house of Obed-Edom of Gath.
12 King David was informed that Yahweh had blessed Obed-Edom’s family and everything belonging to him on account of the ark of God. David accordingly went and, amid great rejoicing, brought the ark of God up from Obed-Edom’s house to the City of David.
13 When the bearers of the ark of Yahweh had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fat sheep.
14 And David danced whirling round before Yahweh with all his might, wearing a linen loincloth.
15 Thus with war cries and blasts on the horn, David and the entire House of Israel brought up the ark of Yahweh.
16 Now as the ark of Yahweh entered the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul was watching from the window and when she saw King David leaping and whirling round before Yahweh, the sight of him filled her with contempt.
18 And when David had finished presenting burnt offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh Sabaoth.
19 To all the people, to the whole multitude of Israelites, men and women, he then distributed to each a loaf of bread, a portion of dates and a raisin cake. Then the people all went back to their homes.
20 As David was coming back to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him. ‘Much honour the king of Israel has won today,’ she said, ‘making an exhibition of himself under the eyes of his servant-maids, making an exhibition of himself like a buffoon!’
21 David replied to Michal, ‘I was dancing for Yahweh, not for them. As Yahweh lives, who chose me in preference to your father and his whole family to make me leader of Israel, Yahweh’s people, I shall dance before Yahweh and
2 Samuel 7
1 Once the king had settled into his palace and Yahweh had granted him rest from all the enemies surrounding him,
3 Nathan said to the king, ‘Go and do whatever you have in mind, for Yahweh is with you.’
4 But that very night, the word of Yahweh came to Nathan:
5 ‘Go and tell my servant David, “Yahweh says this: Are you to build me a temple for me to live in?
7 In all my travels with all the Israelites, did I say to any of the judges of Israel, whom I had commanded to shepherd my people Israel: Why do you not build me a cedar-wood temple?”
8 This is what you must say to my servant David, “Yahweh Sabaoth says this: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be leader of my people Israel;
10 I am going to provide a place for my people Israel; I shall plant them there, and there they will live and never be disturbed again; nor will they be oppressed by the wicked any more, as they were in former times
15 But my faithful love will never be withdrawn from him as I withdrew it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.
17 Nathan related all these words and this whole revelation to David.
18 King David then went in, sat down in Yahweh’s presence and said: ‘Who am I, Lord Yahweh, and what is my lineage, for you to have led me as far as this?
20 What more can David say to you, since you, Lord Yahweh, know all about your servant?
23 Is there another people on earth like your people, like Israel, whom a god proceeded to redeem, to make them his people and to make a name for himself by performing great and terrible things on their behalf, by driving out nations and their gods before his people?-
29 What is more, you have deigned to bless your servant’s dynasty, so that it may remain for ever before you; for you, Lord Yahweh, have spoken; and may your servant’s dynasty be blessed with your blessing for ever.’
1 Chronicles 9
1 Thus, all Israel’s official genealogies had been entered in the records of the kings of Israel and Judah before they were deported to Babylon for their infidelity.
11 Azariah son of Hilkiah, son of Meshullam, son of Zadok, son of Meraioth, son of Ahitub, the chief of the Temple of God;
13 Their kinsmen, heads of families, numbered one thousand seven hundred and sixty-men expert in the ministerial service of the Templeof God.
14 Of the Levites there were Shemaiah son of Hasshub, son of Azrikam, son of Hashabiah of the sons of Merari,
19 Shallum son of Kore, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, and his brothers belonging to his family, the Korahites, were also in charge of the ministerial service as doorkeepers of the Tent, as their ancestors had been keepers of the entrance to the camp of Yahweh.
22 All the keepers of the gate at the thresholds were picked men; there were two hundred and twelve of them. They were grouped by relationship in their various villages. These were confirmed in office by David and Samuel the seer because of their dependability.
23 They and their sons continued in charge as guards of the gates of the Temple of Yahweh, the house of the Tent.
27 They spent the night in the precincts of the Temple of God, their duties being to guard it and open it every morning.
31 One of the Levites, Mattithiah — he was the first-born of Shallum the Korahite — had regular charge of baking operations.
32 Some of their kinsmen the Kohathites were responsible for the loaves to be set out in rows Sabbath by Sabbath.
33 In addition, there were the singers, the heads of the levitical families, who were accommodated in the Temple, free of other responsibilities because they were on duty day and night.
36 His first-born son was Abdon, then Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab,
37 Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah and Mikloth.
38 Mikloth fathered Shimeam. But they, unlike their brothers, lived at Jerusalem with their brothers.
39 Ner fathered Kish, Kish fathered Saul, Saul fathered Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab and Eshbaal.
1 [Poem For Ethan the native-born] I shall sing the faithful love of Yahweh for ever, from age to age my lips shall declare your constancy,
4 I have made your dynasty firm for ever, built your throne stable age after age.
6 Who in the skies can compare with Yahweh? Who among the sons of god can rival him?
8 Yahweh, God Sabaoth, who is like you? Mighty Yahweh, your constancy is all round you!
9 You control the pride of the ocean, when its waves ride high you calm them.
12 you created the north and the south, Tabor and Hermon hail your name with joy.
13 Yours is a strong arm, mighty your hand, your right hand raised high;
14 Saving Justice and Fair Judgement the foundations of your throne, Faithful Love and Constancy march before you.
15 How blessed the nation that learns to acclaim you! They will live, Yahweh, in the light of your presence.
16 In your name they rejoice all day long, by your saving justice they are raised up.
17 You are the flower of their strength, by your favour our strength is triumphant;
18 for to Yahweh belongs our shield, to the Holy One of Israel our king.
26 ‘He will cry to me, “You are my father, my God, the rock of my salvation!”
28 ‘I shall maintain my faithful love for him always, my covenant with him will stay firm.
29 I have established his dynasty for ever, his throne to be as lasting as the heavens.
30 ‘Should his descendants desert my law, and not keep to my rulings,
36 ‘His dynasty shall endure for ever, his throne like the sun before me,
37 as the moon is established for ever, a faithful witness in the skies.
42 You have raised high the right hand of his opponents, have made all his enemies happy;
44 You have stripped him of his splendid sceptre, and toppled his throne to the ground.
47 Remember me; how long have I left? For what pointless end did you create all the children of Adam?
52 Blessed be Yahweh for ever. Amen, Amen.