Scriptures for the week of July 12th: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19, Psalm 24, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29
In battle, the Israelites took the Ark of Covenant with them. They believed that it was the power of God inside which helped them to win the battle. Once while fighting the Philistines, it was taken from them. David was able to retrieve it, which was a time of great celebration. David loves God, and he is really excited about the moment. But did he take things too far? Why would his wife be upset about his dancing and celebrating this moment for this country?
The Christian church has been around long enough to where there were just as many gentiles as there were Jewish converts. But these two groups saw life so differently, that they often could not exist in the same congregation. Paul (or one of Paul’s students) is telling the Ephesians to focus on what the two groups have in common, not their differences. Our commonality is that we are chosen, redeemed, forgiven and sealed by the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Questions: What are the things that all Christians have in common? God has a purpose for all of humanity, how do you fit in? How does your church fit in? David was willing to go all out to worship God, even to the point of embarrassment – how willing are you to go out tot tell others what God has done for you?