This is a long post, heavy in Scriptures, but it will help you as you navigate through life. There was no good way to break this teaching into two parts. Because I’m trying to get all the posts current, I’m trying to put up several a week to catch up.
When I moved my blog over from Xanga I spent time reading prior posts and realized how powerful these teachings are. I don’t want you to miss any of my notes from the Bible studies.
Have a blessed day.
When Your Plan Won’t Work by Pastor Don Moore
Bible study notes from February 10, 2012
The Old Testament gives us examples of how line-upon-line and step-by-step how we can mess up. And God gets us out of it.
Amplified 1 Chronicles 12:1-3 David consulted the captains of thousands and hundreds, even with every leader. And David said to all the assembly of Israel, If it seems good to you and if it is of the Lord our God, let us send abroad everywhere to our brethren who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites in their cities that have suburbs and pasturelands, that they may gather together with us. And let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it during the days of Saul.
During the time of Saul, the Philistines stole the ark and placed it in dagon’s temple. Each time the ark was in the temple with dagon, dagon’s statue was cast to the ground. Half-man, half-fish, dagon was worshipped by the Philistines. When dagon’s statue was broken, the Philistines chose to get rid of it.
Now there is going to be a great battle and David wants to bring the ark back to Jerusalem. David was King and he had generals under him. David went ahead doing it the way he thought it should be done. He didn’t seek proper counsel.
We then looked up wisdom in the Bible.
This is speaking about wisdom.
Proverbs 8:8-23 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; nothing crooked or perverse is in them. They are all plain to him who understands, and right to those who find knowledge. Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold; For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her. “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength. By me kings reign, and rulers decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, all the judges of the earth. I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver. I traverse the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of justice, That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, that I may fill their treasuries. “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. I have been established from everlasting, from the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.
Proverbs 15:22 Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.
Etsah (6098) is counsel, advice. Yalat – deliberate resolve, Sod – consultation or secret counsel.
Proverbs 19:20-21 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. There are many plans in a man’s heart. Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel – that will stand.
Proverbs 24:6 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.
Another Hebrew word for wise counsel: Tachbulah – in the above passage speaks of guidance or steerage by means of ropes.
With a multitude of counselors there is abundance and excellence.
David’s plan for moving the Ark won’t work. He asked his boys what to do instead of asking the priests about the proper way to move the Ark of God.
Pastor Don said that if you are having marriage problems seek out people who have strong marriages, don’t seek out people who have had divorces. Don’t go to people who will only agree with you. Seek someone who will give wise counsel even if it is not the answer you were hoping to receive.
David went to his generals and they did not give him the right counsel.
A GOOD IDEA IS NOT NECESSARILY A GOD IDEA.
Proverbs speaks about pride and arrogance. The whole time Saul was king he never took care of his pride and arrogance. Instead of obeying God and doing what the priests said, Saul made decisions based on what people said and wanted.
If we pull our tasks off in the flesh, we are not leaning on God and giving God the glory.
David will do the same thing – making his decision about the best way the Ark should be moved. But the best way is not God’s way.
1 Chronicles 13:4 Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
Notice – they ALL agreed.
1 Chronicles 13:5-7 So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor in Egypt to as far as the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjath Jearim. And David and all Israel went up to Baalah, to Kirjath Jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God the Lord, who dwells between the cherubim, where His name is proclaimed. So they carried the ark of God on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.
This was not how God instructed the Israelites to handle the ark.
Exodus 25:13-14 And you shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, that the ark may be carried by them.
Does not say anything about a new cart.
David did not read the instructions in the book. Every tribe and family had something to do with the Temple. The sons of Levi were in charge of handling the Ark and the things connected to the tabernacle.
Numbers 3:31-32 Their duty included the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the utensils of the sanctuary with which they ministered, the screen, and all the work relating to them. And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest was to be chief over the leaders of the Levites, with oversight of those who kept charge of the sanctuary.
God appointed specific people by name to deal with the aspects of the ark and the worship materials.
1 Chronicles 13:8 Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.
When we do our own plan, even when we are praising God, God does not bless it. They may play instruments, praise God, and feel happy, thinking God is blessing the move of the Ark.
1 Chronicles 13:9 And when they came to Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled.
Uzza reached out to touch the ark, thinking he would help to keep it balanced. His action seems caring, but was not respectful of the sacred ark.
1 Chronicles 13:10 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.
Uzza was too familiar with the ark. He did not realize that it is significant, that the ark is the moving presence of the Most High God of Israel. By putting his hand on the ark he was showing that he thought of it as familiar and treated it casually. God doesn’t play.
Even today there is a trend that treats God casually and not respect His holiness. Songs like I’m a friend of God. He may be friendly, but He is holy, awesome, and sovereign. We are not to be casual with God. He is Holy. We need to be conscious of who God is. If we bring Him down to our level, when we have challenges in our lives how can He help us?
Isaiah 44: speaks of idols – how those who carve the idols cut the wood, carve the idols, use the leftover wood to cook their food and warm themselves, then they fall down before the idol and ask it to save them, but the idols cannot understand or talk.
God does not take it lightly when we worship idols when He is the creator and sustainer of the universe.
1 Chronicles 13:11 And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzza; therefore that place is called Perez Uzza to this day.
David became angry at God because of Uzza. Truth is, David had a plan, he and his buddies agreed, they executed DAVID’S plan. God does what God does, and David was not happy with what God did.
1 Chronicles 13:12 David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God to me?”
David is afraid of God. To his credit, He is afraid, in Hebrew Yahray – reverent fear or awe. David still wanted to honor God and the ark.
We do the same thing. We want God to bless our plan and when our plan doesn’t work, we get mad at God.
1 Chronicles 13:13-14 So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.
Obed-Edom was a Levitical porter, one who carried for the Levites. David moved the ark there until he could consult with someone as to how to properly bring the ark to Jerusalem.
We don’t make a plan and then tell God to bless our plan. We need to let God tell us His plan and He will then bless us as we carry it out.
A Levitical porter knows how to properly respect the ark.
What was the fruit of David’s decision? The house of Obed-Edom was blessed.
Just because we want to do something for the Lord doesn’t mean the Lord is in it. Look at the fruit of the actions. In David’s case the oxen were restive, men died, so David realized that maybe this was not such a great idea. While David sought God’s guidance, the ark remained with Obed Edom and all were happy.
In 1 Chronicles, Chapter 14 there is more trouble with the Philistines.
1 Chronicles 14:8-10 Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them. Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You deliver them into my hand?” The Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand.”
David asks God. He doesn’t seek others or rely on his plan.
1 Chronicles 14:11 So they went up to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there. Then David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water.” Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim.
The Lord of the breakthrough.
1 Chronicles 14:12-17 And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire. Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley. Therefore David inquired again of God, and God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; circle around them, and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.” So David did as God commanded him, and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer. Then the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.
David has learned. He asks God first. God tells him what to do. David obeys and gets the victory.
David is practicing obedience before anything happens with the ark. God says, “Will you trust me against the Philistines?” David trusts God and grows in obedience.
1 Chronicles 15:1 David built houses for himself in the City of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched a tent for it.
This is the first time David prepared for the ark. The last time he tried to move it, David didn’t have a place to put the ark. Unless you seek God first, no scheme or brainstorm will work. This is seen in other places in the Bible.
1 Samuel 13:11 And Samuel said, “What have you done?” Saul said, “When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, then I said, “The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the LORD.” Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.”
Notice what Saul was saying – You didn’t come when you said you would, I felt, I was compelled, I offered a burnt offering – something that only the priests were to do. Saul stepped out of his role as king. This act of disobedience displeased God, and God removed His Spirit from Saul, and told Samuel to anoint David.
1 Chronicles 15:2-11 Then David said, “No one may carry the ark of God but the Levites, for the Lord has chosen them to carry the ark of God and to minister before Him forever.” And David gathered all Israel together at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it. Then David assembled the children of Aaron and the Levites: of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, and one hundred and twenty of his brethren; of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, and two hundred and twenty of his brethren; of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, and one hundred and thirty of his brethren; of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, and two hundred of his brethren; of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, and eighty of his brethren; of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, and one hundred and twelve of his brethren. And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites: for Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab.
David did his research and realized his error. The Levites must carry the ark. David gathers a LOT of Levites to do this.
1 Chronicles 15:12 He said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites; sanctify yourselves, you and your brethren, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place I have prepared for it.
Up until now the ark traveled with the people and the tabernacle was set up for the people to worship and sacrifice. Now the Levites are preparing themselves to move the ark to the place David has prepared for it.
1 Chronicles 15:13 For because you did not do it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not consult Him about the proper order.”
David says this to the Levites, but the truth is, David never asked for guidance from the Levites.
David made lists of Levites by divisions, twenty-six divisions, each ministered two weeks a year six months apart. David realized that they did not do things in proper order, and when the thing blew up in his face, he then accused the Levites of not warning him.
We do that with our pastors today. We act on what we feel we should do, and then when things blow up in our face we blame the pastor for not warning us of the potential problems.
1 Chronicles 15:14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel.
In Leviticus 8:23-24 – Moses sanctifies Aaron and his sons by placing ram’s blood on the right ear (hearing), right thumb (doing), and right big toe (walking).
1 Chronicles 15:15 And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders, by its poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord
David prepared a place for the ark, and then brought the ark back the way God commanded that they move the ark.
Sometimes we ask God to move on our behalf but we don’t prepare a place for Him to move. If God did move, what would we do with it? We want God to do what we want. We ask God to put something on our plate, but we have not cleaned our plate. We then get mad when God cleans our plate.
1 Chronicles 15:16-24Then David spoke to the leaders of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers accompanied by instruments of music, stringed instruments, harps, and cymbals, by raising the voice with resounding joy. So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of their brethren, the sons of Merari, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; and with them their brethren of the second rank: Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Elipheleh, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, the gatekeepers; the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound the cymbals of bronze; Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with strings according to Alamoth; Mattithiah, Elipheleh, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah, to direct with harps on the Sheminith; Chenaniah, leader of the Levites, was instructor in charge of the music, because he was skillful; Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark; Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, were to blow the trumpets before the ark of God; and Obed-Edom and Jehiah, doorkeepers for the ark.
The first time they tried to move the ark anyone sang and played instruments. Now this is done in God’s order – the musicians charged with ministering by music are doing this. The gatekeepers including Obed-Edom are accompanying. David got wisdom from the council and did things God’s way.
Why do we re-invent the wheel? If we need to know something, we can go to someone who knows, who is skilled and able. If we seek wise counsel, then we make fewer mistakes.
1 Chronicles 15:25-26 So David, the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-Edom with joy. And so it was, when God helped the Levites who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that they offered seven bulls and seven rams.
When it was done properly, God helped. This is a different dispensation. When we do it God’s way, He helps.
1 Chronicles 15:27-29 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who bore the ark, the singers, and Chenaniah the music master with the singers. David also wore a linen ephod. Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn, with trumpets and with cymbals, making music with stringed instruments and harps. And it happened, as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the City of David, that Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window and saw King David whirling and playing music; and she despised him in her heart.
They took this move seriously. David worshipped. David’s wife Michal saw David whirling and playing music dressed simply, and she despised David in her heart.
David won Michal in a battle. He killed Goliath, defeated many Philistines, and now Michal has despised him in her heart.
Not everyone will be happy when we do what God says. David was invested in doing what God wanted.
When we do what God wants, the people closed to us can be a drag about it.
1 Chronicles 16:1-7 So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord. Then he distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. And he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the Lord God of Israel: Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, and Obed-Edom: Jeiel with stringed instruments and harps, but Asaph made music with cymbals; Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests regularly blew the trumpets before the ark of the covenant of God. On that day David first delivered this psalm into the hand of Asaph and his brethren, to thank the Lord:
David supervised getting the ark into the tabernacle, gave burnt offerings, feasting materials to the people, set up Levites to minister to the tabernacle, and then wrote a psalm of thanksgiving.
1 Chronicles 16:8-36 Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth, O seed of Israel His servant, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones! He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. Remember His covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand generations, The covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel for an everlasting covenant, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the allotment of your inheritance,” When you were few in number, indeed very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to another, and from one kingdom to another people, He permitted no man to do them wrong; yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.” Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and gladness are in His place. Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. The world also is firmly established, it shall not be moved. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; let the field rejoice, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth. Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. And say, “Save us, O God of our salvation; gather us together, and deliver us from the Gentiles, to give thanks to Your holy name, to triumph in Your praise. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting! And all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord.
David praises God, worships God. All the people praised God.
1 Chronicles 16:37-43 So he left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark regularly, as every day’s work required; and Obed-Edom with his sixty-eight brethren, including Obed-Edom the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah, to be gatekeepers; and Zadok the priest and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the Lord at the high place that was at Gibeon, to offer burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the Law of the Lord which He commanded Israel; and with them Heman and Jeduthun and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to the Lord, because His mercy endures forever; and with them Heman and Jeduthun, to sound aloud with trumpets and cymbals and the musical instruments of God. Now the sons of Jeduthun were gatekeepers. Then all the people departed, every man to his house; and David returned to bless his house.
This is their whole job, to worship God. In the Psalms the sons of Asaph were musicians before the ark continually. Hundreds of Levites were to minister for the Lord.
Pastor Don asked us, at what point do you decide to seek God first? We want God to sanctify our work, but He can only do that when we are doing what He orders us to do. We are to do His will.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine; for reproof; for correction for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.