The Journey of Preparation to Singleness, Marriage & Intimacy With God


Last night I taught a bible study entitled “Invoking The Presence of God”. I taught from the scripture texts 2 Samuel 6:1-11 where we discussed the life story about Obededum and the Ark of the Covenant.

Obededom knew how to invoke the presence of God not only in his life but in his family's life. This man’s ability to tap into the presence of God and get his audience not only relieved abundant blessing to him and his family it sealed his name in the bible for generations to behold.

To understand the significance of Obededom’s story at this point let me give you a quick talk backstory to this time.

  • 1 year after Exile The Ark of the covenant was created (Show the picture)

  • And God Blessed the Israelites with miracles (part the red sea, Jerico, battles)

  • Eventually the home of the ark was Shilo where the tabernacle was for 369 years

  • Shortly after when the Prophet Eli was on the scene he had two sons Hofny and Phinius and they sinned in the eyes of God...disobedience, bribery, adultery, immorality.

  • During this time a battle between the Philistines and Israel erupted, and someone had a brilliant idea to send the ark of the covenant to the battle...why not they had done it before and won.

  • But this time they were defeated and the Philistines took the Ark of the Covenant away with them.

  • They placed the ark with their dod Dagon, which was knocked down and destroyed, when left alone with the Ark of the Covenant.

  • Simultaneously they began to have tumors, some translations say it was hemorrhoids, bleeding and on top of that they had the plague of mice running ramped.

  • They get scared and sent it to Gat another Philistine city, same thing happened

  • Then to Eron, same thing happened.

  • Fearing death the Philistine lords came together with a plan to send the Ark of the Covenant away on a new cart, new cow with golden mice & tumors to see if it returned to Israel on it’s own.

  • It returns to Israel to a town called Bet Shemesh..The people got so excited and opened the ark...and instantly 50,000 Israelis were killed by God

  • They feared the ark and send it to the inhabitants of Kiryat Ye’arim to the house of Avinadav there it stayed for 20 years.

  • Avinadave is from the tribe of Juda and has three son Alazar the oldest and the one who was selected to be the priest to the ark, then Uzzah (Auzzah) and Ahio the youngest

  • A little after David became King he wanted to bring the ark to the city of David where he was

Read II Samuel 6: 1-11

The ark was with Eli and he lost everything. Avinadave had it for 20 years and nothing has changed. Obededom has it for only 3 months and everything regarding his life was changed due to invoking the presence of God.

Obededom was so blessed word God back to King David, and King David traveled back to retrieve it.

What was the difference between Eli, Avinadave and Obed Edom. Eli and Avinadadave did not follow the laws of the kingdom while Obededum did.

Eli allowed sin to be free in the house of God through his two sons. Never correcting them or taking away their authority in the tabernacle.

Avinadave assigned his oldest son to be priests over the ark. What was wrong with that? They were from the tribe of Judah...Only Levites were to be a priest, then they didn't honor the ark instead of following protocol in handling the ark they placed it on a cart and touch it.

Obed Edom was legally qualified because he knew how to honor the presence of God. In fact he committed his life to it. When King David came to get the Ark of the Covenant Obededom had one request, that he and his family could go too.

Today’s Lesson: Honor and Respect the presence of God not just in the church building but in others also, and watch the blessings overtake you.

In the journey of preparation to singleness, marriage and intimacy with God you will encounter many people and have the opportunity to respond and do what your emotions are pulling you to do. However when you want to invoke the presence of God in your life at all times you must maintain access to the Kingdom and the way to stay in the Kingdom and to stay in the presence of God is through righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Romans 14:17: For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and the joy in the Holy Ghost.

Until tomorrow let’s aspire to honor God by honoring his ways.

With Beautiful Love


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