Although explicit instructions were given on how to handle the Ark of the Covenant, King David made a new cart and adorned it with much religious symbolism (2 Samuel 6). There was no doubt of King David’s sincerity albeit he was sincerely wrong and a man named Uzzah died because of King David’s religious showboating. The Ark was returned to Jerusalem but this time King David did it God’s way, on the shoulders of the Levites. Approximately every 18 feet, the Levites would stop and offer up a sacrifice to God. Every 6 steps blood was shed. King David and all of Israel had faith that the sacrifices, the lamb’s blood, would spare them God’s wrath. It was their faith in the sacrifices, who took the fatal blow, that spared them the same fate as Uzzah, not their worthiness or religious symbolism.
We are to have faith in the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ because God looks to His finished work, not ours…no matter the good intentions. Always follow the Blood trail, God is looking to the Sacrifice, Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. The power of God is in the Cross of Jesus, the Sacrifice of Jesus. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2. It is our faith in the Sacrifice, Jesus, that allows us the freedom to rest in God’s power and to leap and dance in joy before the Lord.
Many understand this power (faith in Jesus and His finished work) for Salvation but don’t have faith in Jesus’ Sacrifice for sanctification. It is as if some feel the Sacrifice (Jesus) can’t “keep” us saved and we must follow man made schemes. These man made schemes are spiritual adultery. When we leave faith in Jesus and His finished work for spiritual growth and sanctification and place our faith in what we do and in our “religious ceremonies”, no matter how sincere they may be, they too are sincerely wrong and will lead to our destruction. Beware of the new cart…follow the old path that leads to Calvary, the only path that leads to Jesus Christ. Trust in God’s plan for Salvation, faith in Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. – Donna Warren.