In the Bible, we find a fascinating story of Uzzah. God had given Moses specific instructions on how he wanted the holy Ark of the Covenant to be transported. Among others, they were not allowed to touch the sacred things, or they would die. The Ark of the Covenant was holy.

Ark of the Covenant

Imagine, “As the ark was being transported, the oxen pulling the cart stumbled, and a Levite named Uzzah took hold of the ark. God’s anger burned against Uzzah and He struck him down, and he died.” 2 Samuel 6:1-7 and 1 Chronicles 13:9-12.

How can a man trying to prevent the Holy Ark from falling be struck dead instantly? Was that fair?

Probably the question is, what were the instructions? Do not touch or you will die. Simple, isn’t?

In fact, according to Exodus 25:12-14 and Numbers 7:9 the Ark was not supposed to be carried on the cart. It was to be carried by men on their shoulders.  Levites only, and those of the family of Kohath were permitted to move it using the poles prescribed. 

But how did it end up on the cart? Compromise probably! Familiarity maybe! It could have been a total disregard for God’s instructions.

Rules are rules no compromise. It is either you follow or the law follows you.

The act of touching the Ark looked innocent, but it was in violation of God’s instructions.

We need not be too familiar with God’s instructions to an extent were we modify them to suit our ego or desires.

Remember, Moses lost his right to enter the promised land because he struck the rock, instead of speaking to it as God had commanded (Numbers 20:7-12).

Remain focused and follow the rules/laws/instructions. Uzzah forgot that lesson, and the consequences were tragic.