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May 22, 2016 ()

Bible Text: Judges 17:6, 21, 25 |

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We live in a world very much like the one described in Judges 17:6 & 21:25 “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what is right in his own eyes.” We Americans love our freedom, but we have used our freedom to indulge the sinful nature. Our tendency is to make “self” king rather than recognize Christ as king. When “I” am king, we do what is right in our own eyes.
When David was made king in Israel, he wanted to bring the ark of the Lord back. 1 Samuel 6 tells how the Philistines returned the ark:

  • They asked the advice of their priests
  • They made an offering to the Lord
  • They used a new cart and new cattle
  • They sent it away unguided

2 Samuel 5:19-25 shows how David inquired of the Lord before going to battle. Verse 25 says “David did as the Lord commanded.” However, when David decided to bring the ark back:

  • He asked the advice of his military (1 Chronicles 13:1)
  • He decided to do what “seems right” (1 Chronicles 13:2-4)
  • He used a new cart, like the Philistines (1 Chronicles 13:7)
  • Men (not likely Kohathite Levites) guided the cart (1 Chronicles 13:7)
  • No offering was made

In verse 9, they arrive at the threshing floor, where the Lord separates the holy from the common. Uzza grabs the ark, and the Lord struck him down. In chapter 15 we see that David learned his lesson and did as the Lord commanded:

  • He did it the Lord’s way
  • He used the Lord’s men
  • He made an offering (sacrifice) to the Lord
  • The ark was carried, not dragged behind

“Wingin it” through life always ends in disaster. Jesus said doing what seems right in our own eyes  will enslave us, but His words set us free (John 8:31-35). Psalm 119:9-12 tells us how to follow the words of Christ from John 8:

  • Read the word
  • Follow with your whole heart
  • Do not wander from the word
  • Store the word in your heart and mind
  • Ask the Lord to help you

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