13 So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14 The ark of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had. (1 Chronicles 13:13-14)
Who is Obed-Edom?
Why be like him? His choices and his life led to blessings for himself and his family. Let us, together, learn who Obed-Edom was and about his life.
Obed-Edom is first mentioned in the Bible, just after the death of Uzzah for touching the Ark of God. This happened during King David’s first attempt to move the Ark to Jerusalem.
He was a man of Faith
The Ark of God was placed in the home of Obed-Edom. He must have been a man of faith to allow something in his home; just after God had killed someone for touching it (this broke one of the commands of the Lord concerning the Ark). The ark of God remained with Obed-Edom for three months, and the Lord blessed his household and everything he owned.
Hunger for More of God
When it came time to move the Ark to Jerusalem, (this time correctly) Obed-Edom had a choice. He could have stayed where he was and lived off of his past relationship with God or move with the Ark of God, staying in God’s presence and in relationship with God.
Obed-Edom had a desire for the Lord and moved with God. His desire for the Lord caused him to do whatever it took to be close to the Lord. He became a gatekeeper, a musician, and a doorkeeper for the Ark. Due to Obed-Edom’s desire and love for the Lord and his faithfulness, God begins again to bless him and promote him.
Obed-Edom becomes a worship leader and is mentioned along with Aspah the Chief Musician. Obed-Edom and his 68 associates minister regularly before the Lord in worship. Yet, he still continues to keep the gates.
Obed-Edom is not only blessed in ministry and relationship with the Lord, his family is also blessed. God gives him eight sons, his poor wife raising a football team. His sons and grandsons also worshiped the Lord and were blessed by the Lord. They were all leaders, capable men, with strength to do the work. There were 62 men in all. Obed-Edom along with his other duties was put in charge of the Southgate and his sons were keepers of the storehouse.
Obed-Edom by his faith, attitude, and actions created a legacy of faith, and relationship with the Lord. The Lord was faithful back to Obed-Edom establishing a legacy of generational blessings.
Obed-Edom had to pack up and physically move to stay in the presence of God. His desire for a relationship with God established a relationship not only for himself but also for his children and grandchildren. This relationship also established generational blessings from God for his family.
From a house ministry Obed-Edom went on to a national ministry. Some people want the stage immediately. They want to be seen by everyone immediately. They dont want to minister to the Lord. Three months Obed-Edom ministered to the Lord and he had a International national ministry.
An 18-year-old called Todd Bentley, so hungry for an encounter with God, would sometimes lay throughout the night, praying and reading his Bible. He’d read the Gospels, from Matthew to John, in one sitting. For three months, he prayed and read Scripture four to 12 hours a day. Today, he calls this his “soaking season.” And so began a remarkable transformation of a drug addict–who at age 17 lay in the back of an ambulance, clinging to life after his third overdose in two years–and thief, who once stole cars.
I believe the ark of God was at the home of Obed-Edom for three months. It is a sign that if a man or woman can spend three months with the Lord, their lives and the lives of the people around the will be impacted forever.Back to Bible Commentary