2 Samuel 6

God kills Uzzah protecting the ark
6:1-7, Cf. 1 Chr 13:9-10

6:1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.

6:2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.

David and 30,000 chosen men went to retrieve the ark of God.

(God, the Lord of Hosts, dwells between the cherubim.)

6:3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.

6:4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.

When they arrived at the house of Abinadab in Gibeah, they set the ark on a cart, driven by Uzzah and Ahio.

How long was the ark of the covenant at Abinadab's house?

6:5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

David, the 30,000 chosen men, and everyone in Israel, played before the Lord with every kind of musical instrument.

6:6 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor , Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.

6:7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

When they came to Nachon's threshing floor, the oxen stumbled, causing the ark to fall. To keep the ark from being damaged, Uzzah touched the ark.

So God killed him.

Where did God kill Uzza?

DWB: 78. God killed Uzzah for trying to keep the ark from falling

David dances nearly naked in front of God and everybody
6:8-23

6:8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.

6:9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?

David was displeased at God's senseless killing of Uzzah. But he was also afraid of God, and wondered how he would get it to Jerusalem without more people being killed by God.

6:10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

So David decided not to bring the ark to Jerusalem after all. He'd bring it to the house of Obededom the Gittite instead.

6:11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.

6:12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.

The ark stayed with Obededom for three months, until David got up the courage to try bringing it to Jerusalem again.

God blessed Obededom while the ark was with him. Maybe God wouldn't kill anyone this time when they move it to Jerusalem.

6:13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

During the journey, David sacrificed an ox and a fat calf every six steps. (Seems a bit extreme, but I guess David wanted to keep God happy.)

6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

6:15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

David dances nearly naked in front of God and everybody.

What the Bible says about nudism

Is dancing a sin?

6:16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

6:17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

6:18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

6:19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.

When David's first wife, Michal, saw David's performance, she despised him in her heart.

6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

Michal said to David: "How glorius was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself to all the slave girls in the kingdom, like some shameless guy who exposes himself."

6:21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.

6:22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.

David replied,

God chose me as king over your father and your family. I will play before him if I want to.

So I will be even more vile than that. I will be disgusting in my own sight, but honored by all the slave girls in the kingdom.

6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

God punished Michal for criticizing David by making sure she had "no child unto the day of her death." Although 2 Sam.21:8 says that she had five sons (which were sacrificed to God by David to stop God from starving people to death).

How many children did Michal have?

Barren women in the Bible