December 8, 2015

I Chronicles - 13 - 15 -  
David consulted with all of his leaders...then David addressed the entire assembly of Israel, “if it seems right to you, and it is God’s will...let’s bring the chest of our God back--the chest that was out of sight, out of mind during the days of Saul.”  The entire assembly agreed...then David and all of Israel went to Baalah (Kiriath Jearim) in Judah to bring back the chest....They moved the Chest of God from the house of Abinadad with Uzzah and Ahio in charge...David and all Israel worshiped exuberantly in song and dance, with a marching band of all kinds of instruments.  

When they were at the threshing floor of Kidon, the oxen stumbled and Uzzah grabbed the chest to keep it from falling off.  God erupted in anger against Uzzah and killed him because he touched the Chest....

David lost his temper, angry because God exploded against Uzzah....David was terrified of God that day...so David called off the parade of the Chest to the city of David.  The Chest of God was in storage in the house of Obed-Edom for three months.  God blessed the family of Obed-Edom and everything around him.

The minute the Philistines heard that David had been made king over a united Israel, they went out in force to capture David.  When David got the report, he marched out to confront them...

David prayed to God: “Is this the right time to attack the Philistines? Will you give me the victory?  God answered, “Attack;  I’ll give you the victory.”  David attacked and slaughtered them....

Yet later the Philistines were back at it again, plundering in the valley.  David again prayed to God.  God answered, “this time don’t attack head on; circle around and come at them out of the balsam grove.  When you hear a sound like shuffling feet in the tops of the balsams, attack; God will be two steps ahead of you, slaughtering the Philistines...

After David built houses for himself in Jerusalem, he cleared a place for the Chest and pitched a tent for it.  Then David gave orders that “no one carries the Chest except the Levites...David then called everyone in Israel to assemble in Jerusalem to bring up the Chest of God to its specially prepared place...So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the Chest...The Levites carried the Chest exactly as Moses, instructed by God, commanded -- carrying it with poles on their shoulders, careful not to touch it with their hands...

Now when they were ready, David, the elders of Israel, and the commanders of thousands started out to get the Chest of God from the house of Obed-Edom.  And they were rejoicing, and they paused to worship.  David also wore a linen prayer shawl.  On they came, all Israel on parade bringing up the Chest of the Covenant of God, shouting and cheering, playing every kind of brass and percussion and string instrument.  When the Chest of the Covenant of God arrived, Michal, Saul’s daughter, was watching from a window.  When she saw King David dancing ecstatically, she was filled with contempt.

Revelations 4
Then I looked, and oh!---a door open into Heaven.  The trumpet-voice, the first voice in my vision, called out, “ascend and enter.  I’ll show you what happens next.”  I was caught up in deep worship and oh!---a throne with one seated on the throne...24 thrones circled the throne with 24 elders seated on these thrones.  7 fire-blazing torches fronted the Throne (these are the Sevenfold Spirit of God).  Prowling around the Throne there were 4 animals...the first was a lion, the second an ox, the third with a human face, the fourth like an eagle in flight.  The four animals were winged, each with 6 wings.  They were all eyes...and they chanted night and day, never taking a break: Holy, holy holy is God our master, sovereign-strong, the was, the is, the coming.  

Every time the animals gave glory and honor and thanks to the One Seated on the Throne, the 24 elders would fall down and worship the one on the throne chanting:  Worthy, o master!  Yes, our God!  Take the glory!  the honor!  the power!  You created it all; it was created because you wanted it.