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Vicki

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Re: What is The Value of a Soul?
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2009, 08:22:13 PM »
Ought David to have feared God because He struck Uzza down for touching the Ark? If not, why not?

I've been pondering this type of fear this week. The Primary Sabbath School Lesson this week ends with, "There is no need to be afraid. God is our Friend; we never need to be afraid of Him." When teaching the lesson at home I just can't bring myself to leave out the part that we need to obey Him. If we do not obey God we should fear Him & the resulting consequences.

That's where Uzza went wrong - he didn't obey God and touched the Ark of the Covenant. Shouldn't David have known better? Did he place the blame of Uzza's death on God? Shouldn't the Levites have known better? If the people had obeyed God and carried the Ark appropriately the situation would not have happened.

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« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2009, 02:07:34 PM »
Yes, dear sister, you are right. David ought to have known better than to fear God. He did blame God and that was wrong. God is fair and not only just, but merciful. So, how was God merciful to Uzza?
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« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2009, 07:11:11 PM »
David and his people had assembled to perform a sacred work, and they had engaged in it with glad and willing hearts; but the Lord could not accept the service, because it was not performed in accordance with His directions. The Philistines, who had not a knowledge of God's law, had placed the ark upon a cart when they returned it to Israel, and the Lord accepted the effort which they made. But the Israelites had in their hands a plain statement of the will of God in all these matters, and their neglect of these instructions was dishonoring to God. Upon Uzzah rested the greater guilt of presumption. Transgression of God's law had lessened his sense of its sacredness, and with unconfessed sins upon him he had, in face of the divine prohibition, presumed to touch the symbol of God's presence. God can accept no partial obedience, no lax way of treating His commandments. By the judgment upon Uzzah He designed to impress upon all Israel the importance of giving strict heed to His requirements. Thus the death of that one man, by leading the people to repentance, might prevent the necessity of inflicting judgments upon thousands. {PP 705.3}


There is the mercy of God upon all the Israelites - all but Uzzah.

I would venture to say that Uzzah had transgressed the law of God to the point of no return. Uzzah's soul was of value to God also. God's mercy would be to not let Uzzah continue to add transgression to transgression which would cause him more suffering when rewards are distributed.

I can't supply Bible or SOP for my thoughts at this time.

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« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2009, 07:28:48 PM »
No, you can't because there are no Bible texts to say what Uzza had done. But, you know the character of our God. You know that He was fair to Uzza. Uzza did not get cut down before his time. If Uzza could have repented, then God would have allowed  him time to do so. Uzza had passed the point of no return. His heart was hardened and additional time would have made no difference in his life. It was not Uzza's first sin, but it would be his last.

David ought to have trusted God, but he had a lot yet to learn. And, he learned the hard way which cost him the salvation of some of his sons.
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« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2010, 01:31:16 AM »
God loves each of us, but He will not force us to love Him. And, in the end, if we do not change, He has no way of saving us. He has done all He can to save us. He draws all to Himself and if we resist, there is nothing more He can do. He paid the price to redeem every human that ever lived or would ever live. It was an expensive price, the suffering and death of His innocent Son. It is very sad to see so many rejecting this free gift of eternal life.
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« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2013, 07:21:09 AM »
While reading this thread, I thought of Hosea. This week's Sabbath School lesson was on the Book of Hosea. God's great love for the sinner is revealed in that Book. But, many stop here and do not see that God's love is not opposed to justice. It does not do away with justice. Mercy has its end and it must be. The Bible does not state that Uzzah had been given mercy, mercy, and more mercy. But, when we read the Bible, when we read it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we learn of our God, we see His character in its pages. And, we gain an experience that confirms what we read, God is a most merciful God. Hosea is one of the clearest statements of that long-suffering mercy towards the children of men while we are yet sinners. 

God's character did not change when He struck down Uzzah. And, for those who have fallen into the ditch that proclaims God does not destroy, it was God that struck Uzzah down, not the devil. We could say God killed Uzzah our of mercy, and there would be truth in that. He put him out of his misery as an unrepentant sinner. But, that would be giving in to those who teach that God does not kill. It is a strange act for God to kill, but it is His character. Justice no less than mercy is the foundation of God's government.

Being a most merciful God, we understand that it was not an arbitrary act when our God struck down Uzzah, but one that had come at the end of a long period of labor for the unrepentant sinner who had done what he had done many times before, disrespected the counsel of God. He had no respect for the holy things of God.

In our Sabbath School lesson, Brother Mark asked the question, can we misunderstand who our God is, as did the Israelites in Hosea's day? And, if so, is it possible that we may be worshiping a false God? We see the importance of knowing the character of our God so that we do not follow the same course as Uzzah and the nation of Israel in Hosea's day. God loved them, but mercy had finished her plea, and Israel was no more. The ten northern tribes were allowed to be conquered and the Jews were dispersed. Mark pointed out that that Hosea was given to us that we might not travel down that same road where Israel forgot "that He wanted to dwell in them so that He could be the strength they needed in order to keep all His precious commandments." We need Jesus at all times if we are to rightly represent His character to the world that is soon to perish. This is His great desire for us. Because of the value of a soul, He stands at the door knocking.
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