Obed-edom was a Levite. He couldn’t go into the most holy place. He could move the tabernacle, but not see it. The name Obed means serving, honoring God in the right way; edom means someone who causes others to blush.
When David attempted to move the Ark without following God’s instructions to use the Levites, Uzzah was struck dead. The Ark was left in Obed-edom’s house in Kiriath-jearim for three months, and the Lord blessed the household of Obed-edom and everything he owned. God visited Obed-edom because he understood the holy. Obed-Edom stewarded the presence of God.
When the Ark was moved, Obed-Edom went with the Ark to Jerusalem. He was designated to be a gatekeeper, to play the lyre, and to guard the Ark (1 Chronicles 15:18,21,24). Once the Ark was established in Jerusalem, Obed-edom helped lead the people in worship before the Ark of the Lord (1 Chronicles 16:5). He continued to serve regularly before the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant as a gatekeeper.
The sons of Obed-edom were also gatekeepers–all eight of them. Obed-edom’s grandsons earned positions of great authority in the clan. These descendants of Obed-edom, all 62 of them, were very capable men, well qualified for their work. God had richly blessed Obed-edom (1 Chronicles 26:4-8).
Our choices affect our legacy.
Our Father in heaven,
We lift to You the litigation between the Episcopal Church, its local agents, and the Diocese of South Carolina. Each side has made its choices.
We ask for Your perfect justice. Grant a bountiful legacy to the stewards of the holiness of God. Amen.