1 Chronicles 13: Breaking the Rules
David decided that he wanted to try to bring Israel back together in 1 Chronicles 13.
1Ch 13:2 And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the LORD our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us:
1Ch 13:3 And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.
He also wanted to bring the Ark of the Covenant along because it was obviously a very powerful symbol that symbolized the relationship that Israel had with God.
However, it was unfortunate that there was a little bit of tragedy as the Ark was being moved.
1Ch 13:9 And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.
1Ch 13:10 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.
It is a tough one. Obviously, people were not allowed to touch the Ark. Unfortunately, Uzza did indeed touch it. Honestly, you might expect some type of exception here. After all, he only grabbed it because the oxen stumbled. He didn’t even plan on touching it, but he was saving it from falling over. You would think that was a good thing.
Nevertheless, there was no exception here, and Uzza paid the price because he did break a rule technically. When God tells us to do something, it is rarely a life or death thing. However, we have one decision that will this type of deal, and there will not be any negotiation.
That one decision is naturally accepting Jesus as our Savior. It will determine our eternal destiny.