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Monday, July 9, 2012

Christian Formation for Sunday July 15 - 2 Samuel 6:1-19 David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem

July 15, 2012, 7 Pentecost
2 Samuel 6:1-19
David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem
Background: The book of 2 Samuel is considered part of the Deuteronomistic history and continues developing the history of the Davidic kingship in the nation of Israel. 2 Samuel highlights the nature of the human king; faithful and fallible. Principle in the first portion of this book is the establishment of a unified kingdom with connections to the separated kingdoms.

Theme: In this passage we see the movement of the Ark of the Covenant from Baale-judah to Jerusalem. A series of incidents is recounted that reminds the reader of the unpredictable nature of human interaction with God and with other humans.

Questions to Ponder

* Please read the entire passage 2 Samuel 6:1-19.

* Briefly reflect on the social, political, and religious setting for the passage. What have been the principle items of interest in Israel in the recent past?

* Identify the principle characters in the story including Abinadab, Uzzah, Obed-edom the Gittite and Michal.

* What is the significance of the Ark and how is its presence in Israel ironic to the Jewish religion?

* Why do you think David and “all the house of Israel” were dancing and carrying on before the Ark?

* Why was the Ark being transported on a “new cart” in this story? How does this mode of transportation match the intended/directed method of moving the Ark?

* Why might Uzzah have been struck down when he reached out to steady the Ark? What is problematic about Uzzah’s death in this manner?

* Why do you think David became angry with God over God’s action? Why might David have been hesitant to continue taking the Ark to Jerusalem?

* For what reason do you think David’s fear is recounted even though he later took the Ark to Jerusalem?

* For what reason do you think David had the change of heart about bringing the Ark to Jerusalem? Is there anything problematic about David’s rationale for moving the Ark?

* What do you find ironic about the classification of Michal? What do you think the writer intended to imply with this classification?

* Why do you think Michal despised David’s actions?

* How are Michal’s actions replayed in our church, our faith, and our society today?

* Why do you think David pitched a tent for the Ark in Jerusalem? Do you think this would be the proper place for the symbol of God’s greatness to the Israelites?

* By what justification do you think David could offer “burnt offerings and offerings of well-being” for Israel? Is this justification warranted by David’s station?

* How does this passage comment on our life in community as a church carrying forth the Gospel to the world?

* What are the implications and applications of this passage for us today?

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