“And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims…”
What is a system? We can define the word ‘system’ in numerous ways. For instance, a system is “an ordered and comprehensive assemblage of facts, principles, doctrines or the like in a particular field of knowledge or thought“. Or, a system is also defined as “a coordinated body of methods or a scheme or plan of procedure“. However, the definition which best suits this discussion defines the word as:
“…the prevailing structure or organization of society, business, or politics or of society in general; establishment…”
In essence, the word system, in its simplest form, means “the whole compounded of several parts“.
This infamous passage of Scripture teaches us a very important lesson. It teaches us that it is possible to walk in two realms and still honor God through our obedience. David’s motivation for possessing the Ark of God was to bridge the old tribal system with the new monarchical regime. This allowed David to show his allegiance to God and the religious order established by God.
However, it also allowed him to advance the political agenda of his new regime as well. A move of this type by David called for considerable caution. The wrong move in either direction would cause an enormous breach between both sides. To balance both required tremendous skill and wisdom that requires grace from God alone.
How does this relate to the contemporary context? David demonstrated that we can have a successful professional career while remaining faithful in our service to God’s Kingdom. We can engage in various forms of activity within our communities as well. However, we should receive our direction from God’s Kingdom principles. It is the only way in which we can effect any necessary changes. Especially the types of changes that are essential to having a balanced system wherein God’s Word is the Rule of Law and Life. When the pendulum swings towards receiving worldly instruction, it will result in what we currently see each day.
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”