Uzzah

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Uzzah,
son of Abinadab,
your name means strength
with arms stout enough
to put the ark
of God
on a cart.

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Uzzah,
son of nobleness,
what were you thinking
when you chose an ox
to pull the ark
of God
on a cart?

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Uzzah,
son of a Levite,
why was the ark not carried
on reverent shoulders
in honor
of God
and His glory.

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Uzzah,
Son of impulse,
was the ark with you so long
that you should forget
that the law
of God
is most holy?

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Uzzah,
Son of presumption,
did you assume God’s holiness
to be a mere convenience
you could claim
of God
to excuse sin?

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Uzzah,
son of error,
life fell the moment you tried
to undo sin by adjusting
the holy ark
of God
with your hand!

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Petra O. Hefner

Scripture Reference

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14 thoughts on “Uzzah

  1. Very thought provoking, Petra.

    From R. C. Sproul: “Uzzah assumed that his hand was less polluted than the earth. But it wasn’t the ground or the mud that would desecrate the Ark; it was the touch of man.”

    How little do we know God’s holiness!

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  2. What a wonderful post and great reminder! “The fault is never with God, His holiness or His law.” Too many times I find “ruts” to blame rather than my plain old disobedience. Very sobering.

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  3. Loved the poem, Petra. Touched me in particular because part of my journey right now is learning not to make excuses for my wrong actions and responses but to own then for what they are, sin, and turn to the Father for forgiveness.

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  4. As usual, your poem teaches truth, touches hearts, and challenges us to re-examine our own attitudes. Your comments to others reveal your wise, dedicated and compassionate heart, Petra. Thank you!

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  5. Oh Petra, This is awesome because I just finished doing a study on Uzzah to incorporate into my talk on the holiness of God soon. With your permission I would love to include your beautiful poem with my handout notes.
    Thank you for this!

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