The tabernacle ascends to Jerusalem

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The ark ascends to Jerusalem

1 Chronicles 13:1-3

1 Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. 

2 And David said to all the assembly of Israel, "If it seems good to you, and if it is of the LORD our God, let us send out to our brethren everywhere who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites who are in their cities and their common-lands, that they may gather together to us; 

3 "and let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul."

·       David had a thirsty heart for the presence of God

·       He realized the spiritual dryness in the Land

·       He wanted to bring the presence of God, the Glory of God to the city of Jerusalem

·       It is almost as when Moses prayed: "If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” Exodus 33:15 

Psalm 132: 2 He swore to the LORD, And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:  3 "Surely I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, 5 Until I find a place for the LORD, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob."

 6 Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; We found it in the fields of the woods.

I.    The failure of David (A failed attempt for Revival)

5 So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor in Egypt to as far as the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjath Jearim.  6 And David and all Israel went up to bring up from there the ark of God the LORD, who dwells between the cherubim, where His name is proclaimed.  7 So they carried the ark of God on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.  8 Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets. 

Revival!! ??

9 And when they came to Chidon's threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled.  10 Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God.

1.)         David consulted men and not God

2.)        Cart pulled by oxen

3.)        No sacrifices

4.)        No priests were involved


2) The Fear of the David (The fear of revival)

1 Chronicles 13:11-13  

11 And David became angry because of the LORD's outbreak against Uzza; therefore that place is called Perez Uzza to this day.

Perez Uzza (splits in the  church)

12 David was afraid of God that day, saying, "How can I bring the ark of God to me?" 

13 So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.

David realized that the God whose Glory he wanted to bring to Jerusalem is a holy God. He is a consuming fire.

Nadav + Avihu,  Achan, Bet Shemesh, ……… the NT Ananias + Saphira,

A more intense experience of the presence of God must come along with a higher degree of holiness and dedication to God

Are we willing to pay the price?

3.) The Joy of David

David stored it in the house Obed Edom

1 Chronicles 13:13-14  

 13 So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 

14 The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the LORD blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.

Praise reports returned from Oved Edom.

This time he did it right:

1.)        He prepared a place for it.
1 Chronicles 15:1-3   David prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched a tent for it.    And David gathered all Israel together at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the LORD to its place, which he had prepared for it.

2.)        The ark was carried by Levites and Priests were put in Place
11  And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites: He said to them, "You are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites; For because you did not do it the first time, the LORD our God broke out against us

3.)        Sanctification
 sanctify yourselves, you and your brethren, that you may bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel to the place I have prepared for it. 
27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod.

4.)        He did it Gods way
13 "For because you did not do it the first time, the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order."

5.)        He did it with Joy
16 Then David spoke to the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers accompanied by instruments of music, stringed instruments, harps, and cymbals, by raising the voice with resounding joy.
25 ¶ So David, the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-Edom with joy.


1 Chronicles 15:28  28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the horn, with trumpets and with cymbals, making music with stringed instruments and harps.