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David Returns the Ark to Jerusalem

This is a simplified version of the Bible story found in 2 Samuel 6, written for children to understand. For the original version, please refer to the Bible passage.

Once upon a time, a long time ago, King David gathered 30,000 men to bring the special box called the ark of God to Jerusalem. The ark was a special box that held the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses. King David and his people put the ark on a new cart and started to bring it to Jerusalem. They were singing and playing music, and they were very happy.

But on the way, the oxen pulling the cart stumbled, and a man named Uzzah reached out to steady the ark. This made God very angry because the ark was holy and no one was allowed to touch it. So God punished Uzzah, and he died right there.

King David was sad and afraid because he did not want to make God angry. So he left the ark at the house of a man named Obed-edom for three months. During that time, God blessed Obed-edom and his family.

After three months, King David heard that Obed-edom’s family was very blessed because they had the ark, so he decided to bring it back to Jerusalem. This time, they carried the ark on their shoulders and were very careful not to touch it. When they reached Jerusalem, they had a big celebration with lots of music and dancing.

He offered an ox and a fattened animal as burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. The people were very happy and shouted and blew horns as they brought the ark into the city.

King David was so happy and grateful to God that he danced before the Lord with all his might. He was wearing a special robe called a linen ephod. The people were so excited and happy to see King David so joyful that they celebrated with him.

However, not everyone was happy with King David. His wife, Michal, saw him dancing and was not happy. She thought he was acting silly and making a fool of himself. But King David said he was dancing for God, and he did not care what other people thought. He said that he would even be more undignified than this to honor God.

When King David returned home to bless his household, Michal came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today, uncovering himself today before the eyes of his servants’ female servants, as one of the vulgar fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!”

But King David replied, “It was before the Lord, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me as prince over Israel, the people of the Lord—and I will celebrate before the Lord. I will make myself yet more contemptible than this, and I will be abased in your eyes. But by the female servants of whom you have spoken, by them I shall be held in honor.” From that day on, Michal had no children.

Biblical Lessons

  • We must show respect for things that are holy and special to God.
  • We must be careful not to disobey God’s rules, even if we think we are helping.
  • We should not be ashamed to worship God and show our love for Him, even if other people don’t understand.
  • We should never look down on or make fun of other people who are worshiping God in a way that we don’t understand.

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