The ark of God needed to be in its proper place

Old Testament: 2Sa 15.24–25

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 15–16 on April 26, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

As Absalom sought to take over the kingdom of Israel from his father David, David and those loyal to him followed him as he fled Jerusalem, including the priests and the Levites, and they brought the ark of the covenant of God with them to cross over the Jordan. However, notice what David did: 

There was Zadok also, and all the Levites with him, bearing the ark of the covenant of God. And they set down the ark of God, and Abiathar went up until all the people had finished crossing over from the city. Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the LORD, He will bring me back and show me both it and His dwelling place.”

– 2 Samuel 15.24–25 

Earlier, as David set up Jerusalem as his capital, he wanted the ark of God with him, but not as his personal belonging. No, he was the king and he was in Jerusalem and the ark belonged in Jerusalem. 

Therefore, when he had to leave Jerusalem, he knew that the ark belonged back in the city where the tabernacle of Moses was. 

To David, things were never about himself, but about the Lord and what was right. When David violated the Lord’s will, he repented and sought the Lord. 


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