Longing For God’s Presence

images-3The Ark of God was stolen by the Philistines a few years before Saul became the first king of Israel, 1 Samuel 4:3-11.  After plagues and other calamities the Philistines decided that they had better send the ark back.  It was placed on a cart and sent on its way pulled by two cows.   Knowing of God’s awesome power, the men who intercepted the cart could not keep back their curiosity.  They had to open the ark and look in.  God killed 50,070 men that day because they touched the ark.

It was then taken to the house of Abinadab and there it stayed for 20 years because they were afraid to move it, 1 Samuel 7:1-2.  It is here that some believe that David wrote of the opportunities to huddle himself down before the ark of God as the light would shine on it through the window of Abinadad’s home.

Psalm 91:1, He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Finally, David determined that the ark had been gone long enough and retrieved it, but incorrectly.  As a result a man died for touching the Ark.  Until he could find out how to correctly transport it it was left in the house of Obed-Edom for three months.  During that time God blessed Obed-Edom and everything he had, 2 Samuel 6:11; 1 Chronicles 13:14.

Once David finally had the Ark safely transported to Jerusalem, guess who also moved to Jerusalem to help care for the the Ark.  Obed-Edom.  God’s presence was so impacting that he could not live without it.

My question is, what ever happened to Abinadab who had the Ark for 20 years.  Did he begin to take God’s presence for granted?


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