Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
May 17, 1951

Another Parable For Dunderheads

Frank L. Smith, Shawnee, Okla.

Certain preachers are like David of old when they begin to reason about doing the Lord's work. (Except that David saw his mistake and repented).

David recognized the great need of having the ark of the covenant in Jerusalem. He knew that they could not enjoy the blessings of Jehovah while the ark was some distance away from the capitol city. Transportation seemed the only problem, a mass meeting was held. The people were 100 percent in favor of education. So they resolved to go to Baalah anad bring up the ark. The people were very cooperative; their object was laudable. Multitudes were assembled. Enough to carry several arks back to Jerusalem. They discussed the matter and all the people said, "Let us do so". They even went to Baalah and decided to make a 'new cart', oxen powered. They might have used an old cart, or they might have carried it by hand; but not worried about "how" to carry the ark they all agreed the important thing was to get it to Jerusalem. So they started to the city of David in jubilee. Look what they were doing.

When they had gone a short ways the oxen stumbled (no flats) and Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark. (Such a jolt might scratch the golden chest, that must never happen) But the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Uzza and he smote him. And David debated, vilified, and harangued, saying, "How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?" He talked it to death. Being unable to decide how to transport it; it was decided not to take it at all. They deferred the matter and so the great assembly went home without the ark. So mote it NOT be.

Woe to them, whose obscured vision, not showing them HOW to go about to do good, they go according to their own folly. Dunderheads indeed.

Thanks be to Jehovah that we are not left without David's repentance "we sought him not according to his ordinance." That is HOW. Read 1 Chron. 13 and 15.