Why Did God Kill Uzzah?

Have you ever heard the saying familiarity breeds contempt? It means, a long experience with someone or something makes you loose respect for it. Think back to your first experience in church. It is likely you had a deep sense of awe and respect for the place where God was to be found. Today do you have that same sense of awe and respect when you go to the house of the Lord? It is likely not.

In 2 Samuel 6, there is a account of a person who became so use to the Ark of God being around he became irreverent and it cost him his life. King David had decided to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, and while on the way the cart which was carrying the Ark hit a bump and Uzzah reached out to keep it from falling and touched the Ark. 2 Samuel 6:7, “The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.”

We think, why would God strike a man dead because he tried to help? Uzzah had become use to the Ark, it was in his house for twenty years. He became irreverent when he did not follow the rules God placed for moving it, which was for the Levites to carry it with the poles, instead he allowed it to be carried on a cart by oxen.

The people of God spend so much time in Church, working good works for the kingdom, that Church becomes like a second home and sometimes we treat it as such, we lose respect, we lose that since of awe. It makes me wonder if this is one of the reasons why our Churches are of little influence these days.

Father, help us not to be irreverent to You by disrespecting Your house of worship. Teach us how You want Your house to be honored to bring back the sense of awe and respect. In the name of Jesus, I pray, amen.