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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for July 11, 2021

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SUNDAY, July 11                  7 Pentecost

2 Samuel 6:3a They carried the ark of God on a new cart.

The Ark of the Covenant was handcrafted from acacia wood, with the wings of two golden cherubim surrounding the mercy seat from which God would speak. Poles were placed through golden rings in order to carry the ark.

In today’s lesson, it’s mentioned twice that the men of Israel are transporting the ark on a “new” cart. They aren’t carrying it as instructed but have decided to do things a new way. Was it the culturally cool way? Were they just being lazy? It’s unclear, but we gloss over the fact that Uzzah is struck dead when the ark slides off the fancy new cart and he attempts to catch it. David, out of fear, leaves the ark with Obed-edom, where we continue the reading.

Sometimes, following God the way we’re supposed to is hard. We cut corners, apply “new” lenses to scripture, or are simply too lazy. But scripture is clear about what God desires from us: our love. Let us learn from David, who offers sacrifices, rejoices, and dances before the Lord, no matter what others might think of him.

MOVING FORWARD: When have you tried to cut corners on a project? What was the outcome? What about in your life?

PRAY for the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe (Ireland)

Ps 24 or Ps 85:8-13 | 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 or Amos 7:7-15 | Ephesians 1:3-14 | Mark 6:14-29

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