“God erupted in anger against Uzzah and killed him because he grabbed the Chest. He died on the spot—in the presence of God. David lost his temper, angry because God exploded against Uzzah…” 1 Chronicles 13:10-11
David’s goal was to move the Chest (the Ark of God) to the City of David. He found the most capable people to move the Chest, but the wagon carrying the Chest went off balance, and Uzzah reacted like anyone protecting something important, and grabbed the Chest. This was a big “NO, NO!” because God had declared if anyone touched it they would die, and Uzzah dropped dead on the spot. To God, a rule is a rule …
David couldn’t believe God had followed through with his threat to kill anyone who touched the Chest. Besides being angry, he was paralyzed with fear that someone else might die in the effort to move the Chest. So, he stopped the parade and put the Chest into storage.
I believe, “two wrongs don’t make a right.” We saw this happen last week in the Republican debate. The candidates are fed up with Donald Trump, and Senator Rubio took him on with one-liners and below-the-belt accusations surely someone wrote for him. (The words didn’t seem “natural” coming off his lips.) The other candidates were probably silently cheering Rubio on—“Go get him, Little Guy!” The after debate chatter concluded that in Rubio’s effort to bring down Trump, he brought himself down.
It may be by the end of the campaign season, Senator Rubio will be known as the sacrificial lamb of the Republican party.
Lord, help us see when two wrongs don’t make something right. Amen.