“David became fearful of GOD that day and said, ‘This Chest is too hot to handle.’” 2 Samuel 6:8
King David gave two men, Uzzah and his brother Ahio, the task of transporting the Ark of the Covenant from their father’s home to the City of David. Instead of carrying it on their shoulders (as spelled out in the law), they put the Ark on a donkey cart. While on the road, the donkey stumbled, and Uzzah reached out and grabbed hold of the Ark to prevent it from falling. Uzzah was unaware that God had made a law saying if a human hand touched the Ark, the person would be struck dead.
With the recent Ebola outbreak, the Center for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) wrote procedures and policies to protect medical providers from contracting the disease. Two Dallas nurses, who believed they were adequately protected from the virus, were the first victims of the disease brought into the U.S. by a patient.
Recently, I heard of an experiment done with nurses to find out if they could remove protective gear (similar to the ones used by the Dallas nurses) without becoming contaminated. Before disrobing, chocolate pudding was smeared on exposed skin on their necks. Then, they were challenged to remove their gear without getting pudding on their hands. The test proved the task was impossible. The CDC had to come up with a new plan.
King David mourned the loss of Uzzah and learned a valuable lesson: God says what he means and means what he says.
Help us, Lord, not to be tempted to trump your laws with the ones we make up along our faith journey. Amen.