Notes: August 9, 2008 – 2 Samuel 6

Verses 1-11 parallel yesterday’s reading of 1 Chronicles 13; verse 12 continues the story.

  • After 3 months, and the report that God had blessed the family that housed the ark, David again resolves to move the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:12). This time, however, he will do so according to the guidelines that God had set forth during the days of Moses.
  • After the ark had been carried six paces and nobody had died, the attending congregation rejoiced in the knowledge that God was not displeased with the current journey (2 Samuel 6:13).
  • David led the revelry, dressed in a linen ephod (priestly attire?); and upon their arrival in Jerusalem he led the worship service (2 Samuel 6:17-18). Was this an example of a king-priest? Saul had been reprimanded for such an act (1 Samuel 13:9-14).
  • David distributed special food and drink packages throughout the land so that everyone could join in celebrating the ark’s arrival in Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6:19).
  • Is seems that everyone was joyous that day except Michal, David’s first wife, who protested that David was indiscrete in public (2 Samuel 6:20). David’s defense? It was before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:21). Moreover he promised that this would not be the end of his public displays of religious joy (2 Samuel 6:22).
  • Michal was childless because of her misjudgment (2 Samuel 6:23).