Updated: Mar 8, 2021
A few weeks ago I awoke to the name Obed-edom. I thought this was unusual because this is not a common name in todays language by any means. It is a biblical name. A name of the man which housed the ark of God for three months as it made its way to its permanent home in City of David.
King David of Israel was bringing the ark of God back home to be amongst the people of Israel. Previous to this, it had been in the hands of their enemy the Philistines. On route to bringing the ark back to Jerusalem, there was an incidence that caused
one of David's men to be struck down by God for touching the ark. (2 Samuel 6:6) King David halted the transfer and took it to the home of Obed-edom, (2 Samuel 6:10) the nearest house along the way. While the ark, the presence of God, the glory of God, was in the household of Obed-edom, three months, (2 Samuel 6:11) the Bible says that his house and all that pertained to him was blessed. I had a thought, how can because of the ark, God goes from striking someone dead to blessing a household and all that pertains to it? Well, first of all, He's God! He can do whatsoever He pleases. Secondly, I think it has everything to do with the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord. Uzzah, the keeper of the ark as it was being transferred the first time, reached out his hand and grabbed hold of the ark to steady it as the ox had stumbled. (2 Samuel 6:6-7) I venture to guess that he didn't even think, but reacted to keep the ark from falling. But Uzzah's failure to think in that moment cost him his life because he failed to remember he served a holy God; One that cannot be touched by human hands. Obed-edom on the other hand (no pun intended) had a high regard, a reverence for God that Uzzah did not. I pondered again, how did Obed-edom keep the ark within his home and not once touch it; he nor anyone in his family? Reverence! This reverence stayed at the forefront of his mind thereby he didn't forget his place. I can only imagine, as I don't know for sure, he heard what happened to Uzzah and He was determined to not make that same mistake. I can only imagine, again, as I don't know for sure, Obed-edom set up a sanctuary an altar within his home to house the ark of God. He had the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord and he and all of his family were blessed for it.
Obed-edom's household was so blessed that people took notice as did King David. So much so that he returned to the task of bringing the ark of God back home. As David brought the ark out of the house of Obed-edom, Obed-edom decided within himself he was going to follow the presence and glory of God no matter where that took him. In the story we take note of how David appointed Obed-edom as one of the keepers of the ark along the journey. And when the ark was placed within it's tent in Jerusalem, Obed-edom was again appointed as door keeper to the ark and so were his sons. (1 Chronicles 15:24) Obed-edom was also appointed as a Psalmist to play before the ark (1 Chronicles 15:21). He was promoted, and his household; his children and grandchildren: generations, was promoted because of his willingness to follow and stay in the presence and glory of God. (1 Chronicles 16: 5 & 38)
Obed-edom! Why was this name given to me to research? What is my take away from studying this man's life? What's your take away from the reading and study of Obed-edom's life in 2 Samuel 6 and 1 Chronicle's 15?
In conclusion, in no particular order, this is my take away:
Get and maintain The Spirit of the Fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11:2)
Love God and Pursue Him
Seek His presence and His glory with all your heart
Set within my household an altar unto God and
Me and my house shall be/are blessed
From generation to generation: my righteous decision and obedience will affect my family for generations to come
One man's No, can become your Yes, spring-boarding you into your destiny: Despise not the day of small things (Zechariah 4:10)
Hold fast to God and never let go!