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Monday, September 18

The Ark In The Houses Of Abinadab And Obededom

"The men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the Ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the Ark of the LORD ... but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite. And the Ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household"

The LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) had Moses (see Biblical Eras: The Exodus In History and Prophecy) construct the Ark as a protective container for the second set of the tables of stone upon which The Ten Commandments were written (Moses smashed the first set; see The Second Tables Of Stone). The Tabernacle was also constructed at that time as a portable house for the Ark (see The Building Of The Tabernacle).

The Tabernacle

The Ark remained in the Tabernacle for many years - through the 40 years in the Sinai (see Biblical Eras: Why 40 Years In The Sinai?), through the entire time of Joshua (see Biblical Eras: The Founding Of Israel As A Country), and then through the time of the Judges (see Biblical Eras: Governments Of The Judges) when the Ark and the Tabernacle were permanently parted in the time of Eli (see The Prophecy Of The House Of Eli), when his corrupt and foolish sons took the Ark into battle against the Philistines and lost it (see The Capture Of The Ark).

The LORD's wrath then convinced the Philistines to give back the Ark (see Why Did The Philistines Want To Return The Ark?), but it was not returned to the then corrupted Tabernacle (the Ark was later parted from the Temple in Jerusalem for the same reason). It was instead taken to the house of Abinadab, where it remained for 20 years.

"5:11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there." (1 Samuel 5:11 KJV)

"7:1 And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD. 7:2 And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD." (1 Samuel 7:1-2 KJV)

The Ark

After the civil war (see Biblical Eras: The First Kings and The Civil War), when King David captured Jerusalem and made it an Israelite city (see Biblical Eras: The City Of David - When Jerusalem Became An Israelite City), David decided to bring the Ark to Jerusalem from the house of Abinadab.

The first attempt did not go well because the Ark was mishandled (see Don't Touch The Ark). So, once again, the Ark was taken to an improvised home - the house of Obededom (also rendered as Obed-Edom) where it remained for 3 months.

The Ark

"6:4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.

6:5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

6:6 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. 6:7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

6:8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.

6:9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?

6:10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

6:11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household." (2 Samuel 6:4-11 KJV)

Then, at last, the Ark was properly handled, by those specific Levites who were authorized to touch it (see When Were The Levites Set Apart?), and so was brought safely and joyously to Jerusalem.

"15:25 So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the house of Obededom with joy.

15:26 And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams. 15:27 And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: David also had upon him an ephod of linen.

15:28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps." (1 Chronicles 15;25-28 KJV)

Fact Finder: When King David brought the Ark to Jerusalem, it was housed in a tabernacle, a tent. When did David get the idea to build a Temple for the Ark?
See King David's Temple Decision; see also What Temple Did Ezekiel See? and When Will There Be No More Temples Built In Jerusalem?

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This Day In History, September 18

14: Tiberius was confirmed as Roman Emperor by the Roman Senate (see also The Politics Of Rome) after the death of Augustus, the first Roman Emperor (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).

Augustus was Caesar at the time of the birth of Jesus Christ (Luke 2:1-7; see also Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate?). Tiberius was Caesar at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (Luke 3:1-4; see also Biblical Eras: The Roman Empire And The Church Of Rome).

Augustus Tiberius

96: The accession of Nerva, the 12th Roman emperor (reigned 96-98 AD). He succeeded Domitian who was assassinated (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Aelia Capitolina).

324: Constantine defeated Licinius at Chrysopolis, making Constantine the sole emperor of the Roman empire (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1180: Philip Augustus became king of France.

1502: Christopher Columbus landed at Costa Rica on his fourth and last voyage to the "New World" (see the map below of the four voyages of Christopher Columbus and the study Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

Voyages of Christopher Columbus

In reality, the voyages of Columbus were all actually to and around the islands of the Caribbean Sea (e.g. Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola) and central America, from Panama to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Contrary to the "history" of popular myth and propaganda, Columbus never landed in what is today the area of America known as the United States of America - it's not the part of "America" that Columbus "discovered." America actually has 35 nations and 1 billion people - all of whom are Americans.


1635: Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II of Austria declared war on France (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1759: The French formally surrendered Quebec to the British.

1810: Chile declared its independence from Spain.

1819: Jean-Bernard Foucault was born. In 1851 the French physicist demonstrated, using a pendulum named after him, that the earth does indeed rotate on its axis. Readers of the Holy Bible were far ahead of "scientists" in that knowledge (see No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible; also Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula and Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

1830: Near Baltimore, a 9-mile race was held between the newly-invented railway locomotive and a rider on a horse. The horse won.

1906: A typhoon, along with a tsunami, killed an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong (see The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).

1924: The Moffatt Translation of the Bible was published by Bible scholar James Moffatt.

1934: The U.S.S.R. was admitted to the League of Nations (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).

Soviet Union

1939: A German U-boat (in German meaning Underwater Boat i.e. a submarine) sank the British aircraft carrier Courageous, killing 500 crewmen.

HMS Courageous

1974: Hurricane Fifi struck Honduras with 110 mph winds. An estimated 5,000 people were killed.

1977: The unmanned spacecraft Voyager I took the first photographs of the earth and moon together in space.

1981: The French Parliament abolished capital punishment and the guillotine.

1982: "Christian" militia slaughtered 600 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon (see also Where Is Palestine?).

1991: Yugoslavia began a naval blockade of seven port cities of the Adriatic Sea.


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