Ravenhill on II Samuel 6:6-7

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Here is an excerpt from a teaching of Leonard Ravenhill that I shared over 15 months ago…

Second Samuel six and verse six, “When they came to Nachons threshing floor, 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.”

Why? Because they’d made a new cart for it. God said the ark never had to be on a cart. But they made a new cart. And these people thought they were doing God a favor by modernizing this thing. Now, isn’t it really awesome? They didn’t decide to paint it another color. They didn’t decide to put a second deck on it. They didn’t disfigure it in any way. The man didn’t go in front of it and start blaspheming. The man somehow thought he’d do God a favor…

“Oh, look! The ark is going to topple over! Oh I’ll hold it”…

All this man did was to put his hand up to stay the ark and immediately he was smitten! What do you think we are doing with the gospel today? Dressing it up? Painting it up?…We try to steady the ark of God.

We are trying to put some improvement on the ark of God. We try to do that with the translations we make of the Word of God. We try to make some of those words just a little bit easier. We better go back to Bible language and call sin what it really is!… But the anger of the Lord was kindled against this man and not only smote him but killed him!

Source: Ravenhill Sunday Week 11