Dumb Ways To Die #6: Uzzah – Dying To Lend A Hand
Dumb Ways To Die • The agony of de-feet. • This only happens in cartoons?
Keep Your Hands To Yourself! • Keep hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times. • Keep hands away from moving machinery parts. • Keep hands away from the ark?
The Ark Of The Covenant • Fallen on face before God. • Head and palms of hands broken off. • Clear presentation of the supreme power of God over all idols.
Punishing The Philistines • Death of Dagon • 1 Samuel 5:2-4 -- Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. When the Ashdodites arose …Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord….But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off….
Punishing The Philistines • 1 Samuel 5:6-12 • Hand of the Lord heavy on them. • God strikes men of their cities withtumors. • Plague of mice • Vs. 12 – “And the men who did not die were smitten with tumors and the cry of the city went up to heaven.
Were They Just Ignorant? • 1 Samuel 6:6 -- Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He had severely dealt with them, did they not allow the people to go, and they departed?
Lots Of Dumb Deaths • The ark sent to Beth-Shemesh • On a cartpulled bycows. Beth-Shemesh
1 Samuel 6:15 • The Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the box that was with it, in which were the articles of gold, and put them on the large stone; and the men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices that day to the Lord.
1 Samuel 6:19 • He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemeshbecause they had looked into the ark of the Lord. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men, and the people mourned because the Lord had struck the people with a great slaughter.
Textual Variation • Septuagint = 70 • Masoretic Text = 50,070 • Septuagint translated more than 200 years before Jesus. • Masoretic Text finalized over a thousand years later. • Great slaughter
Ark Taken To Abinadab • Who was the father ofUzzah. • 2 Samuel 6:3 – They placed the ark of God on a new cart that they might bring it from the house of Abinadab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new cart.
Important History Between Times • Israel asks for a king • Saul becomes first king. • Battles continue with the Philistines. • Saul loses kingship. • David anointed as king. • Samuel dies. • David wins Jerusalem from the Philistines.
Still Feeling Sorry For Uzzah? • 2 Samuel 6:3-5 • Ark placed on a cart • Uzzah and Ahio leading the cart • David and the people celebrating with musical instruments. • Very festive and sober event
What Mistakes Did They Make? • Ark was always to be carried by poles. • Ark was to be carried by the Levites.
The Fate Of Uzzah • 2 Samuel 6:6-7 --But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold ofit, for the oxen nearlyupset it. And the anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.
Ark Remains With Obed-Edom • Three months with Obed-Edom the Gittite. • The journey from Shiloh to Jerusalem – what can we learn from all this?
The Holiness of God • Isaiah 8:13 – “It is the Lord of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, and He shall be your dread.”