“And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, How shall the ark of the Lord come to me?…” (2 Sam. 6:9).
The complex nature of events happening within the previous passages of Scripture is enough to deter many of us from seeking to approach God for fear the same may happen to us (vv. 6-8). This leads us to wonder, as David did, how is it possible to have the presence of God within our midst if we are unable to reach out and touch Him? What is the proper way to handle the presence of God?
We must first understand that the problem does not begin with Uzzah’s approach to touching the ark, but in the breach of the law regarding how the ark of the covenant was to be transported. The sons of Kohath were given the charge to transport the ark by placing the staves (poles), which were made specifically for this purpose, through the specially made hoops on the ark. Then, the ark was to be lifted and carried on the shoulders of the sons of Kohath to the predetermined destination (Num. 4:4-15; 7:9).
(…to be continued…)