Between death and barrenness

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Between death and barrenness

Postby bn2bnude » Mon Aug 27, 2007 8:11 am

I just re-read Mark Buchanan's article in "Christianity Today" titled "Dance of the God-Struck (registration or subscription required). In this article, the author talks about David's failed attempt to bring the Ark back to Israel. The first attempt failed because they didn't follow God's prescribed method of transport and Uzzah died when he touched the Ark.

The second attempt succeeded but when David's wife Michal looked out and saw him dancing, condemned him. She ended up childless.

A couple of quotes I thought were interesting concerning the character of God in this story.

From the first (failed) attempt...
Uzzah, at great personal cost, teaches us a valuable lesson about God. God is not safe. God is not a household deity, guarded in our keeping. Our role on this Earth, be it prophet, king, priest or bank teller is not to keep the Almight from mishap or embarrassment. He takes care of himself.

It is, the writer of Hebrews says, a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. He's dangerous, not safe at all. And yet there is something far more fearful and dangerous than to fall into his hands: not to fall into his hands. But perhaps the most fearful and dangerous thing of all is the sin of Uzzah: to think that our job, should God stumble, is to ensure he falls into our hands.

The safest thing to do with a God like this is to not play it safe with him. It is never to get so caught up in keeping the traditions or hastening the innovations that we forget to throw ourselves headlong into his brusque and tender embrace, not to get so busy with protecting God that we fail to take refuge in him. And that we forget to dance. Uzzah was struck dead by God. But in ways that matter most, he had been dead already


Concerning Michal...
Michal, at great personal cost, teaches us another valuable lesson about God. God is not the safe-keeper of or reputations. God is not some priggish domestic deity, a heavenly Miss Manners intent on prescribing the etiquette that maintains polite society, aghast by any outbursts of fervor. And our role on this Earth, be it prophet, king, priest, or homemaker, is not to keep ourselves from embarrassment. We must come before the King, dignified or undignified, robed or disrobed, in the presence of the elite or in the company of slave girls, and worship with all our might.

Michal was struck barren by God. But in ways that matter most, she had been barren already.
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Postby jochanaan » Mon Aug 27, 2007 11:38 am

"Safe?...Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."
--C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, about Aslan
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Postby bn2bnude » Mon Aug 27, 2007 9:21 pm

Somehow (keyboard malfunction?) some of the post went south... I repaired it.
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