2 Samuel 6:11, “The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and all his household”
The ark that Noah built with direction from God saved a family of 8 humans, Noah and his wife with their three sons and their wives. Noah’s ark was a big ark that had it’s work for a season, when you talk about the Ark of God, though it appears small in size, it supersedes Noah’s ark by far that saved only 8 souls. God’s ark, the Ark of the Covenant saved and blessed the Israelites.
The Ark of the Covenant had such a great significance, it was the center of Israel’s worship and Elohim (the strong Creator) performed many miracles by Ark of the Covenant. The purpose for the Ark of the Covenant was to symbolize Yahweh Elohim’s visible throne on earth. The covenant was God’s promise to human race, a promise He would not break simply because He is God. Because people would not approach God directly then, I believe the Ark of the Covenant was to always remind the Israelites of God’s presence amongst them. To bring hope and strength as they faced many challenges especially their enemies. As already said, the ark did not just symbolize the presence of God, by it God also performed miracles. Victories over the enemies were obtained through it, people were blessed through it. This really troubled their enemies especially the Philistines that they decided to capture the ark. Instead of gaining blessings and victories through it like the Israelites did, the ark brought about curses to them. The Ark of the Covenant could not also be handled carelessly and by anyone. The way it ended in Obed-Edom’s house, Uzzah reached to support the Ark when it stumbled and God killed him for doing that. Not sure why but maybe he thought he could help God, or he thought his hands were clean enough to handle the ark. We know the main reason was a proper process of handling the ark did not take place. The Levites were the elected ones to handle the ark; they were consecrated for that purpose.
What turned out to be Uzzah’s and the Philistines’ curse became Obed-Edom’s blessing. I don’t think Obed-Edom did anything special for God to bless his house while the ark remained there. Ordinary guy letting God be God in his house. Worshipping and yet feeling unworthy to have the ark in his house but still glad that God chose to bless him in spite of. His spiritual life must have been blessed and increased, his marriage, his children, his business were blessed because God had his hands over his household. For three good months he was blessed, I don’t think after those three months he would have wanted the ark to leave. Just one touch from God is enough to change your life completely, the very reason we don’t want to let go of God. When you sought to have the presence of God, the first thing, the enemy can’t stand it, second your life is defined by the presence of God, you see yourself a whole lot clearly in the light of His glory and you are changed in His presence. 1John 3:2, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is”. You are reminded of his covenant to mankind, His promises he made to His children and all you can desire is His presence and His blessing. Obed-Edom might have been an ordinary guy but that did not stop God from reaching out to him. This is to let us know that it’s not just pastors, evangelists, key leaders who can have or experience the presence of God, anyone can. Allow the Ark of the Covenant to rest always in your life, in your family, business, in everything and everywhere you go. You too can be an ordinary person with an extra ordinary blessing. Blessings Evans