Q: What is something you wish you were better at?
– It’s one thing to want to be better.
– It’s another thing to be better.
Q: Do you think your intentions matter in life? Why or why not?
II Samuel 6:1-8
The Ark Returned to Israel
6 When the ark of the Lord had been in Philistine territory seven months,2 the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us how we should send it back to its place.”
3 They answered, “If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it back to him without a gift; by all means send a guilt offering to him. Then you will be healed, and you will know why his hand has not been lifted from you.”
4 The Philistines asked, “What guilt offering should we send to him?”
They replied, “Five gold tumors and five gold rats, according to the number of the Philistine rulers, because the same plague has struck both you and your rulers. 5 Make models of the tumors and of the rats that are destroying the country, and give glory to Israel’s god. Perhaps he will lift his hand from you and your gods and your land. 6 Why do you hardenyour hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh did? When Israel’s god dealt harshly with them, did they not send the Israelites out so they could go on their way?
7 “Now then, get a new cart ready, with two cows that have calved and have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up. 8 Take the ark of the Lord and put it on the cart, and in a chest beside it put the gold objects you are sending back to him as a guilt offering. Send it on its way,
– David is having his men move the Ark of the Covenant back into Jerusalem.
– As he’s moving the Ark, the oxen stumble. Uzzah reaches out to stabilize the Ark.
– God gets angry at Uzzah and kills him.
Q: What kind of guy do you think Uzzah was?
Q: What do you think was so bad about him trying to stabilize the Ark?
Q: Do you think Uzzah had good intentions or bad intentions?I
1 Chronicles 15:11-15
11 Then David summoned Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab the Levites. 12 He said to them, “You are the heads of the Levitical families; you and your fellow Levites are to consecrate yourselves and bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it. 13 It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.” 14 So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves in order to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel.15 And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the Lord.
– David gets his men together a second time to try to get the Ark into Jerusalem.
– Here we discover the reason God was upset the first time.
Q: What was the problem the first time?
Q: Do you think God cares MORE about our intentions or our actions?
Q: What are some areas of the Bible people have a hard time obeying?
The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?
10 “I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”
Q: What can we learn from this scripture?
Q: Does God care at all about our intentions?Challenge: Learn what the Bible teaches and how to “obey in the prescribed way.” Good intentions are necessary, but not enough. We have to have the right conduct as well!