After recalibrating their regard for the holiness of God and the ark, David leads Israel by bringing the ark into Jerusalem. David knows how to make an entrance! 2 Samuel 6:12-19 and 1 Chronicles 15-16 depict an exuberant celebration. There are many instruments making music, singers, sacrifices, offerings, free food, and a scantily clad king.
Inspirational Christian Writings
2 Samuel 6 is not often cited as a favorite Bible story. It features God killing a well-intentioned man, an immodestly dressed and wildly dancing king, and a fierce marital spat. Could such a story have any value for us today?
In Luke 10:25-37, Jesus tells a story which has become widely known, even beyond Christian circles. The basic plot is this. A traveler is attacked half to death and left on the road; two religious leaders pass by, but an outsider has compassion and helps the left-for-dead traveler. The basic point of this basic plot is to demonstrate the nature of neighborly compassion.
This, of course, is an important lesson, but the story is too rich to be left at this familiar level.
Kristen Milligan's Testimony (Joy and Peace Through Suffering) from Skyland United Methodist Church on Vimeo.
I used to attend a class at a local gym called "Power." We did dynamic weight lifting and by the end of the class almost every muscle in my body was shaking. After weeks of training, I started seeing real results! I could lift my kids and carry big bags of groceries with ease. My back hurt less and I had more energy.
Isn’t it interesting how much being a parent teaches us? How profoundly God uses children to chip away at our selfishness …