Direction Devotions Series

June 25, 2017


Sermon for today:  "Conflicting EmotionsĒ

Scripture: 2 Samuel 6:6-11

After the death of King Saul and Jonathan at the hands of the Philistines, David becomes King of Israel and tries to unite the nation under his control.  Concern over the legitimate location for worship prompts him to choose Jerusalem.  David has the Ark of the Covenant brought to the city, but something unplanned and terrible happens along the way.  Today we look at a man named Uzzah and his shocking death.  We will also examine our beliefs concerning a God who would strike Uzzah dead.  Finally, we will also consider how much our emotions are conflicted when we attempt to do "the right thingĒ in a given situation.


Points to ponder:

 1)     The books of 1 and 2 Samuel do not portray David without struggles, moral failings, or family turmoil.  In other words, his life and family are much like ours.  We may know little about our own family ancestry, but in terms of the Human Family, people havenít changed much at all through the centuries.

 2)     David is portrayed as a very human, though very powerful leader.  In the end, however, he cannot replace God as the ultimate monarch of Israel, and as a human in need of Godís assistance and protection.  Do we recognize our limitations and need for Godís guidance in our particular leadership role?

 3)     The Ark of the Covenant was an extremely important symbol of Godís holy presence among the Israelites.  While the symbolism of Godís presence in a particular place is important, do you see any danger in believing Godís presence resided in a box?

 4)     When the Ark was being transported, it began to fall off the ox cart.  At this, Uzzah, a servant of the Lord, walking alongside it, instinctively reached out his hand to steady the Ark, and the bible says "God struck him there because he had reached out his hand to the ark; and he died there.Ē     What is going on here?  Does this sound like God?

 5)     What might Uzzahís story say about the way we handle the sacred things of God Ė for example, Godís Word, or the Sacraments?

 6)     When was the last time you were conflicted in what was the right thing to do?  It is not always easy to decide "the right thingĒ.  Jesus also felt conflicted at times.  Recall his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane: "Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.Ē (Luke 22:42)

 7)     David was angry at God for striking his servant Uzzah dead.  David was also fearful of keeping the Ark of the Covenant close by.  He had it stored for three months in the house of a man named Obededom.  During that time, Obededumís family was greatly blessed.  What could this incident teach us about how we handle the holy things of God?

 8)     Do you think Davidís power corrupted him?  Why or why not?  Why do we hold David in such high esteem, even though he made many big mistakes?


  Prayer For Today:  God of grace and power, like David, we too, want to honor you with our lives.  And yet, we forget who is really in charge.  Help us to get out of the way so you can lead us, as we lead others.  May we handle the holy things of our faith with awe, respect, and greater devotion.  May we not be conflicted, but devoted.  In your Holy Name we pray. Amen.



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