And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah, and God struck him down there because of his error, and he died there beside the ark of God. And David was angry because the LORD had broken out against Uzzah. And that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day. And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and he said, “How can the ark of the LORD come to me?” So David was not willing to take the ark of the LORD into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. And the ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the LORD blessed Obed-edom and all his household.
—2 Samuel 6:6-11
by: Jasmine Lynch.
This passage describes a tragic situation. Some would say Uzzah died because he disregarded the Ark’s holiness. I see it differently. I think Uzzah regarded the holiness of the ark and did not want it to fall. However, his “good intentions” caused Uzzah to disregard the Lord’s clear instructions with regards to transportation of the Ark, which was irreverent. What are some of the lessons we can learn? 1) God is able to take care of His own. 2) Good intentions will not save us. Lots of people think they can be saved by doing the right things. What a lesson!