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July 16th 2003, 10:51 PM
As I've been reading the OT :read: , today I came across .....
1Ch:13:9: And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.13:10: And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God.13:11: And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perez-uzza to this day.
I realize it angered God that Uzza touched the ark and therefore Uzza died. David was angry with the Lord because of the breach upon Uzza. What exactly does this breach entail/mean? :help:
July 17th 2003, 01:41 AM
I check out the word in Strong's and it says this
From H6555; a break (literally or figuratively): - breach, breaking forth (in), X forth, gap.
In Browns Driver Biggs it says this:
1) breach, gap, bursting forth
1a) bursting forth, outburst
1c) broken wall
1d) outburst (figuratively of Godís wrath)
Part of Speech: noun masculine
I would say that 1d would be what is used in this verse. I looked at some of the other verses this is used in and it seems to me to usually refer to a gap in a protective area were something can come through to harm you. For example a breach in a dam would allow a flood of water to come crashing through. Hope that helps!
July 17th 2003, 02:27 AM
Thank you doulos! :thumb: Not sure I fully understand it yet...but I'm working on it. :xmm:
July 17th 2003, 08:50 AM
Our Sages comment on this incident as follows: King David sinned/erred by carrying the Ark of the Covenant in a wagon. Numbers 4 specifies that the Levites were to carry the Ark; it was not to be carried in a wagon! II Samuel 6:6 and I Chronicles 13:9 tell us that, "the oxen stumbled." Oxen have four legs & are built very low to the ground. An ox stumbling is a very rare thing, but a team of oxen all stumbling at once is even rarer. Our Sages (who teach that nothing in the text of the scriptures is either incidental or coincidental, and that every detail is there to teach us something) say that the oxen stumbled because they knew what they were doing (i.e. carrying the Ark) was wrong & wanted no part of it. Uzza, not being a Levite, was not allowed to touch the Ark (and even the Levites could carry it only after the priests had properly covered it up), thus, grabbing ahold of the Ark incurred God's wrath. King David (whom, our Sages say, thought that the provisions about Levites carrying the Ark applied only during the 40 year period in the wilderness) learned from his mistake and, as I Chronicles 15:2 tells us, appointed Levites to carry the Ark when he decided (again) to bring the Ark up to Jerusalem.
July 17th 2003, 09:40 AM
Awesome insight! Zat works for me. :wink: Sometimes when reading I do not always correlate things I've already read with the new info. Something I need to learn to better do. Have a few pearls for provoking my thoughts and sparking my memory! :thumb:
July 17th 2003, 09:44 AM
Thanks for the pearls!
July 17th 2003, 09:46 AM
You're most welcome for the pearls SSV. :cheers:
July 17th 2003, 10:00 AM
I note the icon you ended your last post with. A cold frosty one would taste pretty good about now. Wanna join me? There some nice (kosher, of course!) pubs here in downtown Jerusalem. C'mon over!
July 18th 2003, 08:09 PM
Would love to SSV! However, it might take me a while to get there. :frown: Actually, I would love to vacation in Jerusalem someday. I would love to see the land where our Lord and Savior walked and taught. I had a friend who visited there a few years back who sent me a postcard....breathtaking! I can only imagine how it must be to live there. :smile:
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