Today's Favorite Verse: 2 Samuel 6:6-7
"And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God."
I couldn't figure out why Uzzah had to die for steading the ark. He was trying to protect it? Then I read the footnotes and found this.
"Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever."
(1 Chronicles 15:2)
Uzzah must have not been a Levite, and not authorized to carry the ark, and put his hand on it. His death was a consequence for disobedience. It was very powerful lesson for all of Israel. They are still living the law of Moses and have clearly been warned of these things. Sacred things must be handled with care. It made me think how I cannot treat the things of the temple lightly too.