2 Samuel 6:1-23
Gospel simply means “good news.” You mean there’s “gospel” in this story? Yes there is.
Discovering the Gospel.
The Ark of the Covenant reveals the Gospel to us. We'll discover how it does today in the message. David gets the gospel. He says, “How can the ark of God ever come to me?” (2 Samuel 6:9). "This God is so holy. I’m so flawed.” But God did not want to keep David there because when you say, “How will I ever come into the presence of God? I never will be able to come into the presence of God,” that’s a good first step, but you mustn’t stay there because it’s not true. The ark means we can come to the presence of God. That’s the meaning of the ark. He said to Moses, “I will meet you over the mercy seat,” which was the slab of gold on top of the ark. “I will speak to you there.”
Missing the Gospel.
Nobody likes this story. Are you offended by it? David was. “David was angry because the LORD had burst forth against Uzzah” (2 Samuel 6:8). Be careful that you're not SO offended that you miss the Gospel. Are you offended by God? Has there been something in your life that left you saying, “Why did that happen?” You have struggled to come to terms with it. And it has caused you, like David, to be angry with God. We'll talk more on this.
Living the Gospel.
One key area to live out the Gospel is in your marriage. It started so well for David and Michal. 1 Sam. 18:20 says "Now Saul’s daughter Michal was in love with David, and when they told Saul about it, he was pleased." But then we read in 2 Sam. 6:20 When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
What happened? We'll talk about it today.