Meridian Star

February 1, 2014

Signposts on the road to Armageddon

By N. Brad Carter, JR PE / guest columnist
Special to The Star

— President Obama has completed his sixth State of the Union speech without touching the real life issues needed by every American, a better job and safer Union. This will not come through government and is promised to be a blessing of God only if we follow God’s will and purpose. Without God nothing will change in this administration.  

    Samuel was the last judge over Israel and he felt rejected and humiliated as the people continued to want a King just like all the other Nations of that day. But God said to him in 1Samuel 8:7, "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.” And God gave Israel a king.  

    America, the people and the media, wanted a new leader, a king, a president that was new and different. As a nation we wanted a neutral moral value.  Nothing is good or evil. There is no right and no wrong. Everyone and everything is equal which gives rise to the premise that we need to share our earnings to make every one equal.  

    And America forgot the Word of God that states in Daniel 2:21; “God removes kings, and sets up kings.” We as a nation received from God exactly what was wanted as we voted into office the allowed choice of God.  

   It is time to stop worrying about the government. If you think nuclear weapons in the hands of Iranians is a problem, do what you can, pray. What about North Korea, retirement and the job market? Pray!  It is not too late to get help in these worrisome problem areas.  

    In fact it is much like the feeling in the mind of King David as he came into power, experienced luxury and all the amenities of a ruling king. As he enjoyed the king’s palace, the comfort and a life of ease David thought of the Ark of the Covenant which was housed in a tent and was the literal presence of Jehovah God. As such there was no permanent building or home for the Ark.

    David set into motion a good thing and went to get the ark. He went “to Baalah in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God” when disaster struck. “They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill.”  

    David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals. When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. David forgot God’s rules.  

    The LORD's anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act and God struck him down, and he died there beside the Ark of God. And the scripture says in 2 Samuel 6:9, “David was afraid of the LORD that day and said, "How can the Ark of the LORD ever come to me?" The next verse states David was not willing to take the Ark of the LORD to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.  

    The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the LORD blessed him and his entire household.

    Later, David went to get the Ark and followed the procedure given by God for handling the Ark. After loading the Ark and six steps were taken David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.

    2 Samuel 6:15 records that while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might.

    It is believed that David wrote Psalm 30 where he said in verse 11, Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness.

    

N. Brad Carter is a bible class teacher on WMER (1390 AM) Radio. Email him at rbc@wmerworldwide.com.