God’s Due Order
1 Chronicles 15:13 “For because ye did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.”
Now David wanted to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. There he had set up the Tabernacle. This was God’s will, to bring the Ark to Jerusalem and set up His worship there.
(The Ark was the symbol of the Presence of God with them. In the Tabernacle, in the Holy of Holies, above the mercy seat, which was the gold cover on the top of the Ark, dwelt the Presence. Inside were the Ten Commandments.)
But the “way” to move it, was important.
1 Chronicles 13:1. “And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds and with every leader.”
They decided that they would put it on a new cart, like the Philistines did.
(The Philistines had taken it in battle, and after God had sent judgements upon them, they had returned the Ark to Israel, in a new cart. This was the last time it had been moved.)
But he did not consult with God, on His Way of carrying the Ark.
(What the enemies of God do, is not what the people of God should do.)
But they gathered together, and put the Ark on the new cart, with men around it; and started toward Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 6:6-7, 9 “And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the Ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah, and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the Ark of God.
And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and said, How shall the Ark of the Lord come to me?”
The way God had told Israel to carry the Ark, was on the shoulders of the Priests. They were to put staves (long poles) through the places on the Ark, and carry it on their shoulders.
One man died because of David’s error, and they could not bring the Ark any further. Instead they carry it into a house nearby.
Three months pass. The household where the Ark stayed, was greatly blessed.
So David knows it was not their moving it that was wrong; but the due order for the move: the way God wanted.
David then finds out what the Lord had said to Israel about moving the Ark:
1 Chronicles 15:2 “Then David said, None ought to carry the Ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the Ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.”
1 Chronicles 15:11-13, 15 “And David called for.. the priests, and for the Levites,…
And said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the Ark of the Lord God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it.
For because ye did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought Him not after the due order.
And the children of the Levites bare that Ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded, according to the word of the Lord.”
When they got everything according to God’s due order, they brought up the Ark of the Lord to Jerusalem in joy and singing, with blessing.
What was the difference?
One was the reasonable way, which everyone agreed on.
One was God’s way.
His due order. And how important that is.
We think if a job is done, it does not matter how it got that way; but God never thinks that way.
He has a way; a higher way of doing things.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither your ways My ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
When His due order is honored, He gives blessings upon blessings.
When it is disregarded, He will not bless as He wants.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
All scripture is given for our learning. So we can profit from others: their mistakes, and successes.
Let us honor God in our hearts, minds and wills; and seek out His due order and be blessed.
This is surely what He wants for us.