2Samuel 4-6

Sunday Evening Bible Study

March 24, 2002


When Saul was killed in a battle with the Philistines, the tribe of Judah asked David to be their king.  The rest of Israel, under the influence of Saul’s general, Abner, asked Saul’s son Ishbosheth to be their king.  For a while, there was war between Ishbosheth and David.  In one battle, Abner was being chased by one of David’s nephews, Asahel, and in self-defense ended up killing Asahel.  When Ishbosheth insulted and humiliated Abner, Abner decided that he had been foolish in having Ishbosheth rule, and he promised David to turn the kingdom over to David.  But when David’s nephew Joab found out that Abner was hanging around, he tricked Abner into meeting with him and ended up murdering Abner as revenge for Abner having killed his brother Asahel.  David was appalled at Joab’s move.

Ishbosheth‘Iysh-Bosheth – “man of shame”

2Samuel 4

:1-8  Ishbosheth is killed

:1  And when Saul's son heard that Abner was dead in Hebron, his hands were feeble, and all the Israelites were troubled.

(2 Sam 4:1 NLT)  …he lost all courage, and his people were paralyzed with fear.

Ishbosheth was a pretty cowardly guy as it was.  Abner was the one who had made him king.  And now that Abner was gone, Ishbosheth is afraid for his life.

:2 the name of the one was Baanah, and the name of the other Rechab, the sons of Rimmon a Beerothite

BaanahBa‘anah – “in affliction”

RechabRekab – “rider”

BeerothB@’erowth – “wells”  see map

These two men were from the tribe of Benjamin, the same tribe as Ishbosheth and the same tribe as Abner.

:3 And the Beerothites fled to Gittaim

GittaimGittayim – “two winepresses”  see map

:4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet … Mephibosheth

MephiboshethM@phiybosheth – “exterminating the idol”.  We’ll see Mephibosheth later when we get to 2Sam. 9.

:5  to the house of Ishbosheth, who lay on a bed at noon.

Ishbosheth had been ruling from Mahanaim,  see map

:6  as though they would have fetched wheat

Apparently the food stores for the army was being kept at Ishbosheth’s house.  Being captains of their regiments, Rechab and Baanah went to the house supposedly to pick up the next day’s rations for the men.  But instead of getting wheat, they went in and killed their king.

Josephus records that there was a woman who kept watch at the door, and she had fallen asleep.

:7 took his head, and gat them away through the plain all night.

They behead Ishbosheth as proof of his death.  Then from Mahanaim, they cross the Jordan River and travel all night to get to David.

:8  the LORD hath avenged my lord the king this day of Saul, and of his seed.


Be careful what you give God credit for

David certainly isn’t going to appreciate what has happened.  I kind of think that God doesn’t either.

:9-12  David punishes the murderers

:9 As the LORD liveth, who hath redeemed my soul out of all adversity,

God has rescued David over and over from Saul, but it was not by David killing Saul.

:10 I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag

This happened back in 2Sam. 1:1-16.  David had the Amalekite killed who claimed to have killed Saul.

:11 when wicked men have slain a righteous person

The Amalekite had at least killed Saul in a battle after Saul had been wounded and had asked to be put to death.  These men plotted and killed Ishbosheth while he was taking a nap.

:12 they slew them, and cut off their hands and their feet

Why did they cut off their hands and feet? Perhaps as indicating the parts of their bodies that had perpetrated the crime.


Right is right

There might be people who would have thought, “Well even though it wasn’t pretty, it got the job done!”
David was appalled that it happened at all.  These men were punished appropriately.  The end doesn’t justify the means.

2Samuel 5

:1-5  David made king over Israel

:1  Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron,

In Chronicles, we read that each of the tribes sends men to join David’s army, something like 350,000 joining David (1Chr. 12).

:2  Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain

Thou shalt feedra‘ah – to pasture, tend, graze, feed; to shepherd; of ruler, teacher (fig)

a captainnagiyd – leader, ruler, captain, prince

The shepherd boy will now shepherd a nation.

:3 king David made a league … they anointed David king

a leagueb@riyth – covenant, alliance, pledge

they anointedmashach – to smear, anoint, spread a liquid.  This is the root of the word “Messiah”, the “anointed one”.

:5 in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel

From Saul’s death, it took 7 ½ years for Israel to finally realize that David was to be king.


It doesn’t always happen overnight

Before David had become king of the tribe of Judah, before David had become a mighty man with his own army, before David had killed the giant Goliath, he had met the prophet Samuel:
(1 Sam 16:11-13 KJV)  And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. {12} And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. {13} Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.

We think that David could have been something like twelve to fifteen years old at the time.  But David is not thirty-seven years old when he is finally crowned king of Israel.

We might get upset at the people of Israel for taking so long to finally realize that David was to be their king.  Yet sometimes God requires time to take a shepherd of sheep and make him a shepherd of men.
Don’t be impatient when the things you think God has promised you don’t happen overnight.

Pastor Chuck was in ministry for seventeen years before he moved his family to Costa Mesa to pastor a little church of twenty-five people.

I knew that God had called me to be a pastor when I was eighteen years old.  But I didn’t become a senior pastor until I was thirty-eight years old.  And I have a feeling that I’m far from having “arrived”.  I know there is still room for LOTS more work in my life.

:6-10 David takes Jerusalem

:6 the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites

JerusalemY@ruwshalaim - “teaching of peace”. this was a city that was given partly to Judah (Josh 15:8) and partly to Benjamin (Josh 18:28). It is twenty miles from Hebron.  With the entire nation wanting him to be their king, David chooses to find a new capitol, since Hebron was the traditional capitol of Judah.  It seems he doesn’t want to be the King of Judah reigning over Israel, but the King of Israel. Perhaps there is something of reaching out to the tribe of Benjamin, Saul’s tribe, as well.  see map

Jebusites – These were one of the Canaanite tribes, descendants of Jebus, one of the sons of Canaan (Gen. 10:16).

These were supposed to be people that Israel was supposed to remove from the land:

De 20:17  But thou shalt utterly destroy them; [namely], the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:

But these were some of the people that Israel was not able to remove.

Jos 15:63  As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.
Jud 1:21  And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.

Up to this point, this is still one of the cities that has not been fully claimed for Israel.

:6 Except thou take away the blind and the lame

(NLT) "You’ll never get in here," the Jebusites taunted. "Even the blind and lame could keep you out!" For the Jebusites thought they were safe.

:7 the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.

ZionTsiyown – “sunny” or “parched place”.  The name of this hill becomes synonymous with Jerusalem.

Jerusalem will become David’s capitol city.

:8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites …

guttertsinnuwr – pipe, spout, conduit, water conduit

Warren’s Shaft, which connects the Gihon Spring outside of Jerusalem with the city. It was through this shaft that David’s soldiers entered Jerusalem.

(NLT) "Go up through the water tunnel into the city and destroy those ‘lame’ and ‘blind’ Jebusites. How I hate them." That is the origin of the saying, "The blind and the lame may not enter the house."

Apparently there was a saying going around at the time about the lame and the blind.  It came from the taunt that the Jebusites made towards David.

The writer of Chronicles records,

(1 Chr 11:6 KJV)  And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief.

Some have suggested that Joab had been demoted after killing Abner.  With the taking of Jerusalem, Joab once again becomes the top general in David’s army.

:9 So David dwelt in the fort…David built round about from Millo

fortmatsuwd – net, prey, net prey; fastness, stronghold

Millomillow’ – “rampart” or “mound; a part of the fortifications of Jerusalem

:11-12  A Palace

:11 Hiram king of Tyre … built David an house.

HiramChiyram – “noble”.  Hiram was king of Tyre, the chief city of the Phoenicians, a sea-faring people.

Hiram would later help Solomon build the temple:

(1 Ki 5:1 KJV)  And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David.

housebayith – house.  The idea is that David now has a “king’s house”, a “palace”. For kings in those days, it was considered essential for a king to build his own royal palace to authenticate his kingdom.

:12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.

This seems to certainly be a high point for David in his life.

As Hiram has this palace built for him, it begins to sink in that he’s really a king.

But there’s something else built into David’s heart here.  He doesn’t seem to have the idea that he’s king because he’s awesome and deserves to be king.  He realizes that it is all for the sake of the nation.

(2 Sam 5:12 NLT)  And David realized that the LORD had made him king over Israel and had made his kingdom great for the sake of his people Israel.


It’s for others

I think this is what a leader ought to be like.  A leader ought to be thinking of what is good for those he is leading, not what is good for himself.
Our spiritual gifts are not given to us to make us wonderful.  They are given so that others might be helped:

(1 Cor 12:7 NLT)  A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church.

We need to be thinking of others more than ourselves.
(Phil 2:3-4 NLT)  Don't be selfish; don't live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. {4} Don't think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.
Jesus said,
(Mat 20:25-28 NASB)  But Jesus called them to Himself, and said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. {26} "It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, {27} and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; {28} just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

:13-16  More wives and kids

:13 David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem

more concubines and wives

David already has seven wives (six mentioned in 2Sam. 3:2-5 plus Michal, his first wife).

We saw before that God has a law concerning kings and wives:

(Deu 17:17 KJV)  Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away


From plateau to plunge

It seems that whenever we have reached a spiritual plateau in our lives, we need to be careful for the next step, the plunge afterwards.
Peter, after coming up with the winning answer, declaring, “You are the Christ”, next tries to keep Jesus from going to the cross (get thee behind me Satan) (Matt.16:16, 22,23)
Elijah, after having had a tremendous triumph over the priests of Baal (1Ki.18), hears that the king’s wife, Jezebel, wants to kill him, and he runs (1Ki.19:3).
Jesus, after having been baptized, having the Holy Spirit come upon Him (Matt.3:16), was tempted in the wilderness for forty days (Matt.4).
When you’re on a spiritual high, get ready for the attack.
Paul writes,
(1 Cor 10:12 KJV)  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

:14 …and Solomon

Even with David doing things wrong, God will bring good out of it.  David’s great sin would be with Bathsheba in Jerusalem.  Yet Bathsheba would one day give birth to a son, Solomon, who would rule in David’s place and built the temple.

:17-25  The Philistines attack

:17 all the Philistines came up to seek David

I wonder if this included David’s Philistine “buddy”, Ahimelech, the king of Gath?

:18 in the valley of Rephaim.

Rephaimrapha’ – giants, Rephaim.   see map

:20 The LORD hath broken forth … as the breach of waters … Baalperazim.

broken forthparats – to break through or down or over, burst, breach

breachperets – breach, gap, bursting forth

The Lord helped them break through the enemy lines like a flood.  Picture yourself standing in front of a wave at the beach and trying to hold it back.  It just goes right around you.

BaalperazimBa‘al P@‘ratsiym – “lord of the breaks” or “lord of the breakthrough”  see map


The God of breakthroughs

Nothing it too difficult for God.
(Jer 32:27 KJV)  Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
(Mark 10:27 KJV)  And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
I think that sometimes we need to be praying for the “breakthroughs”.

:21 left their images, and David and his men burned them.

images ‘atsab – idol, image

burned them – most of the other translations say that David and his men carried the idols away, that they “confiscated them”. 

In the parallel passage (1Chr. 14:12), we are told for sure that they did more than just carry them away.  They burned them.  They built a bonfire and roasted the Philistine idols.

The Philistines were idol worshippers.  When the Israelites overflowed them, they left their idols behind and ran away.  Their “gods” were of no more use to them.

David and his men wisely collect the idols and have them all burned.  They are following God’s guidelines:
(Deu 7:5 KJV)  But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.


Stay away from the world

The things that the world admires can bring us down.  There are things in the world that are nothing but enticements to sin.  When we play around with them we are only going to cause ourselves trouble.
King Amaziah went out to fight with the Edomites.

(2 Chr 25:14-16 NLT)  When King Amaziah returned from defeating the Edomites, he brought with him idols taken from the people of Seir. He set them up as his own gods, bowed down in front of them, and presented sacrifices to them!

Apparently, Amaziah found some of the Edomite idols fascinating.  He thought he’d even try a little Edomite worship, maybe just to see what it felt like!

{15} This made the LORD very angry, and he sent a prophet to ask, "Why have you worshiped gods who could not even save their own people from you?" {16} But the king interrupted him and said, "Since when have I asked your advice? Be quiet now before I have you killed!" So the prophet left with this warning: "I know that God has determined to destroy you because you have done this and have not accepted my counsel."

Amaziah then went out and decided to challenge the king in the north, the king of Israel.  His pride blinded him to the fact that he was going to lose.

(2 Chr 25:20-22 NLT)  But Amaziah would not listen, for God was arranging to destroy him for worshiping the gods of Edom. {21} So King Jehoash of Israel mobilized his army against King Amaziah of Judah. The two armies drew up their battle lines at Beth-shemesh in Judah. {22} Judah was routed by the army of Israel, and its army scattered and fled for home.

Amaziah’s curiousity (if you could call it that) led him caused him defeat.  Don’t get into bondage by the things of the world.  Burn the idols, don’t play with them.

:22 And the Philistines came up yet again

They’re baaaaaaack!

Josephus records (Antiquities, 7:2:75) that when the Philistines came back the second time, they had an army three times the size of their original army.

:23 fetch a compass behind them

Better, “circle around behind them

:24 the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees

(2 Sam 5:24 NLT)  When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the balsam trees…

God was going to give David a signal to start fighting.  The sound was going to be like that of an army marching, coming from the tops of the trees. 

Perhaps God was sending His angelic army into the battle?  David was told that the LORD would go out before him. 

Perhaps it would be nothing more than just the wind in the trees.  But it’s good to learn to move when the wind does, to move when the Spirit is moving.

:25 And David did so…and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.

GebaGeba‘– “hill”  see map

GazerGezer – “portion”  see map

Lesson #1

Ask God for help.  (vs.19,23)

When the enemy came, David turned to God for help
100 yrs. earlier, when going into battle with the ark, using it as a good luck charm, and not inquiring of the Lord, the Philistines were victorious, capturing the ark.  Here, Israel is victorious, the Philistines leaving their idols behind, and David burning them.
Josephus records (Antiquities, 7:2:72),
but the king of the Jews, who never permitted himself to do anything without prophecy, and the command of God, and without depending on him as a security for the time to come, bade the high priest to foretell to him what was the will of God, and what would be the event of this battle.

Lesson #2

Don’t forget past victories.  (vs.20)

Because God had done such a great deliverance, David named the place for the victory.
Every time someone would go by that valley and ask, “What is this place”, they would hear the answer, “Baal-perazim” and probably hear the story of God’s deliverance.
Remember.  It will encourage you during the times you face new trials.
When David himself faced Goliath, he did so remembering how God had delivered him from earlier problems (1Sam. 17:34-37)

Lesson #3

Be ready for fresh directions (vs.23)

Don’t get stuck in a rut.
David could have looked at the situation and thought, “Well, let’s do what worked last time!”  But he didn’t.  Instead he wisely asked God for advice again, and God gave him a new battle plan.
The first time, God said to hit the Philistines straight on, face to face.  But the second time, God told David NOT to go face to face.  Instead, David was to circle around behind the Philistines and attack.
What works one time may not work another.  What works for one person may not be what works for you.
Pulpit Commentary:  “God will have his people entirely dependent upon himself, and not upon past experiences.”

Lesson #4

Do what He says.  (vs.25)

David had victory because he didn’t just hear, he obeyed.
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Jesus said that the way to make it through the storms of life is to build your life on something solid.
(Mat 7:24-27 KJV)  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: {25} And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. {26} And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: {27} And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

The storms of life will hit all of us.  No one escapes the storms.  But some survive the storm and while others are devastated.  What’s the difference between the two?  One obeyed, one didn’t.

2Samuel 6

:1  David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.

chosenbachar – to choose, elect, decide for.  These are the leaders of the people.  The writer in Chronicles records that David consulted with the leaders of the people in this matter of bringing the ark to Jerusalem (1Chro. 13:1-5).

When David gathers the people, he gives them his reason for wanting to move the Ark:

(1 Chr 13:3 KJV)  And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we inquired not at it in the days of Saul.

It’s sad to think that this is the nation of God’s chosen people, yet they had not taken advantage of the things that God had given to them.  They had not cultivated a close relationship with the Lord.

:2  from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God

Baale of JudahBa‘aley Y@huwdah – “the lords of Judah”.  A place in Judah named for the Baalim, also known as Kirjath-jearim, Kirjath-baal.   see map

the ark of God – this is the Ark of the Covenant, the gold covered box built by Moses to house the two stone tablets with the Ten Commandments written on them.

The lid of the box was called the “Mercy Seat”.  The lid was made of solid gold, with two winged angelic beings molded on the lid, called cherubim.

God had told Moses:

(Exo 25:22 KJV)  And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

The Ark and its Mercy Seat were to be a picture of God’s throne in heaven.  God “dwells” in the presence of the heavenly angels.

David wants to bring the Ark to his new capitol, Jerusalem.

:3  the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah

Abinadab‘Abiynadab – “my father is noble” or “my father is willing”

GibeahGib‘ah – “hill”

or, “the hillside home of Abinadab” (NLT)

:3 and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.

Uzzah‘Uzza’ – “strength”

Ahio‘Achyow – “brotherly” or “fraternal”

There’s a problem here.

They are moving the Ark in the wrong way.

God designed the Ark to be carried on the shoulders of the priests (Num. 7:6-9), not placed on an ox cart.
Numbers 7:6-9 And Moses took the wagons and the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites.  Two wagons and four oxen he gave unto the sons of Gershon, according to their service:  And four wagons and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari, according unto their service, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.  But unto the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging unto them [was that] they should bear upon their shoulders.
The idea of transporting the Ark on an oxcart came from the Philistines.
About fifty years earlier, the Philistines had fought against Israel and had captured the Ark of the Covenant in battle.  When they found out that they really didn’t like what happened to them when the Ark was in Philistine hands, they decided to return the Ark back to Israel.  They returned it by putting it on an oxcart,


God cares about how we do things

Sometimes we can get to thinking that all God cares about is that things get done, that perhaps He doesn’t really care about how we do things.
I think we are aware that God wants us to tell people about Jesus.  He wants us to “preach the gospel”.  And sometimes we can fall into the trap of thinking that God doesn’t care “how” as long as it gets done.

:5 played before the LORD on all manner of instruments

(NLT) lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.

The writer of Chronicles records:

(1 Chr 13:8 KJV)  And David and all Israel played before God with all their might

:6  the oxen shook it.

The writer of Chronicles says that the oxen stumbled (1Chr. 13:9)

:7 God smote him there for his error

For the simple act of touch the Ark to try and keep it from falling off the cart, God puts Uzzah to death.

Actually, the root problem isn’t that Uzzah touched the Ark, the root problem is that they were transporting the Ark improperly, which led to Uzzah touching it.


God’s holiness

Holiness is that quality about God describing His absolute purity, glory, power, and absence of sin.
Lev.9:22 - 10:3  Nadab and Abihu.  They were killed instantly by God’s holiness. 
It’s like walking outside your space ship without your space suit on.  Instant death.
We down here on earth really have no idea what it is to be holy.  It’s getting so bad, that people now even have the gall to say that man is basically good.
The difference between us and God in holiness:
It’s like being invited to a dinner party.  You open the door and every body is dressed extremely formally.  You think you’re at a fashion show.  Then you look at yourself and realize that you wore your dirty overalls and are covered with grease and dirt from changing your car’s oil that afternoon, you’re filty, slimy, and you stink.

That’s just a taste of what it’s like.

Now, God has provided for us to approach Him through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
But, God wants us to learn to live holy lives here...
I Peter 1:14-16 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

:8  he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.

PerezuzzahPerets ‘Uzza’ – “breach of Uzza”  see map

:9 How shall the ark of the LORD come to me?

David is afraid that horrible things might happen if he brings the Ark to Jerusalem.

:10  the house of Obededom the Gittite.

Obededom‘Obed ‘Edowm – “servant of Edom”.  Apparently this man had lived at one time in the Philistine city of Gath, hence a “Gittite”.

:11 the ark …continued in the house of Obededom …three months

David didn’t understand what was happening.  He thought he was doing a good thing, having the Ark in his capitol.  But he didn’t realize that he was doing it the wrong way.

The writer of Chronicles gives us a hint that while the Ark sat at Obededom’s house, somebody must have decided to search the Scriptures to find out what went wrong.  Later, David will report to the priests:

 (1 Chr 15:12-13 NLT)  He said to them, "You are the leaders of the Levite families. You must purify yourselves and all your fellow Levites, so you can bring the Ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it. {13} Because you Levites did not carry the Ark the first time, the anger of the LORD our God burst out against us. We failed to ask God how to move it in the proper way."

: 11 and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.


Don’t run from tough times

Sometimes when a person chooses to serve the Lord, when they choose to take a stand for the Lord, that they can run into some pretty tough times.
Sometimes we are attacked by Satan.  He certainly doesn’t want us serving the Lord.
Sometimes God simply allows us to go through tough times because we need to be refined.  Maybe we’re carrying the Ark the wrong way.
Either way, don’t be afraid of following the Lord.
All that will happen is that you’re going to loose a few months of the blessings that God wants to put on your life.  Perhaps the blessings will go to someone else instead.
You may say “no” to sharing Jesus with someone, but there may be another person who will come along and share Jesus and they will receive the blessing of serving the Lord and seeing God’s fruit in their life.

Just how did God bless Obededom?  How could David tell that God had blessed him?

(1 Chr 26:4-8 KJV)  Moreover the sons of Obededom were, Shemaiah the firstborn, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, and Sacar the fourth, and Nethaneel the fifth, {5} Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, Peulthai the eighth: for God blessed him. {6} Also unto Shemaiah his son were sons born, that ruled throughout the house of their father: for they were mighty men of valour. {7} The sons of Shemaiah; Othni, and Rephael, and Obed, Elzabad, whose brethren were strong men, Elihu, and Semachiah. {8} All these of the sons of Obededom: they and their sons and their brethren, able men for strength for the service, were threescore and two of Obededom.

I hope this isn’t too much of a stretch for you, but I think that Obededom was considered “blessed” because he had a lot of kids.
I wonder if Obededom’s wife (or wives) didn’t become pregnant while the Ark was at his house.  I wonder if Obededom’s sons’ wives all became pregnant at the same time.


Children are a blessing

Sometimes if we’re not careful, we can get to thinking that our children are just “in the way”.  Children aren’t supposed to be thought of as a “hindrance”, they are a blessing!
(Psa 127 KJV)  A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. {2} It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. {3} Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. {4} As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. {5} Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

:12  So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.


Do people want what you got?

David can tell that God is doing something at Obededom’s house.  And he wants what Obededom’s got.
Can people tell that God is doing something at your house? Do they want Jesus because of what’s going on in your life?

:13  when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

This wasn’t required by God, but I guess David is just trying to be extra careful.

:16  she despised him in her heart.

Michal was David’s first wife.  She was the daughter of King Saul.  She knew how a king was supposed to behave, and in her eyes, David was making a fool of himself.

:17  in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it:

This is not the “Tabernacle” that Moses had set up to originally house the Ark.  David sets up his own tent to be a house for the Ark.  Moses’ Tabernacle is still in existence, but it is at Gibeon (1Chr. 16:39; 21:29; 2Chr. 1:3) and would remain there at least through Solomon’s reign.

:20  as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!

(2 Sam 6:20 NLT)  When David returned home to bless his family, Michal came out to meet him and said in disgust, "How glorious the king of Israel looked today! He exposed himself to the servant girls like any indecent person might do!"

:21  It was before the LORD …

David wasn’t dancing to make Michal admire him.  He was dancing out of love and worship to His God.


Worship before the Lord

I think that sometimes we are way too concerned about what others are thinking when we worship at church.
I know that at some churches, people get way out of hand.  I’m not advocating that we go cart wheeling down the aisles of the church, waving ribbons and stuff.  I do believe that we ought to do all things “decently and in order” (1Cor. 14:40).
But if I were to “evaluate” our times of worship, I would have to say that we tend to err on the side of being too cautious.  I think we’re a little too afraid of what Michal thinks.
I think we ought to be more concerned about what God thinks.  I think we ought to be a tad more like David.
I want you to know that it’s okay to raise your hands during the worship service.  While we’re singing, it’s okay every once in a while to quietly sing in tongues to God.  I think it’s okay to stop looking at the overhead on the screen, close your eyes, and worship God.
Have everybody raise their hands.  Is it really all that weird?  Not really.  And if we all had our eyes on God instead of Michal, who would really be bothered that we’ve got our hands up in the air?
David got a little “radical” because his eyes weren’t on Michal, his eyes were on the Lord.

:22 of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.

(2 Sam 6:21-22 NLT)  David retorted to Michal, "I was dancing before the LORD, who chose me above your father and his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the LORD. So I am willing to act like a fool in order to show my joy in the LORD. {22} Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, but I will be held in honor by the girls of whom you have spoken!"

:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

The implication might be that David and Michal were no longer intimate from that time on.  It could be that she was simply unable to have children from this time.


Bitterness blocks the blessing

At the house of Obededom, the family was blessed with children because of God’s presence with the Ark.
Yet at David’s house, the bitterness of Michal is choking out the blessing from her life.
She seems more concerned about what other people think than what God thinks.  She is more concerned about maintaining her image as the “Queen” before her servants than she is about being a worshipper of God.