Is Holiness Lost?

The story of Uzzah in the Bible is one that many people often think unfair.  King David was bringing the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem and it was being carried on a cart pulled by oxen.  One of the oxen stumbled and Uzzah put his hand on the ark to stabilize it and upon doing so was struck dead. Without knowing any of the back story, this would seem severe and unfair. But David should have known that the ark was to be carried on the shoulders of the priests (the Levites), specifically the sons of Kohath (Kohath was one of the sons of Levi).  It should never have been placed on an oxen cart and it definitely shouldn’t have been touched. The ark has spent the previous 20 years in the home of Abinadab, Uzzah’s father.  Could it be that Uzzah had become casual about its presence? Had he gotten so used to it that he no longer held it in the esteem it deserved?  The ark represented God’s presence.  “By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.”  If we come near to God, we must always remember He is holy!  There is a loose and casual attitude today among Christians regarding God. The holiness factor of God is being lost in many of our services and churches – God is our buddy, our pal.  An attitude like this pulls God down to human level.  We must be careful to treat the presence of God with the reverence and respect He deserves.  He may be a friend and a daddy to us, but above all He is Holy!

9 And when they came to Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. 10 Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God. 1 Chronicles 13:9-10 (NKJV)

15 And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, when the camp is set to go, then the sons of Kohath shall come to carry them; but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These are the things in the tabernacle of meeting which the sons of Kohath are to carry. Numbers 4:15 (NKJV)

3 And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD spoke, saying: ‘By those who come near Me I must be regarded as holy; And before all the people I must be glorified.’ ” So Aaron held his peace. Leviticus 10:3 (NKJV)