I Chronicles 13:2
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2  David said to the entire assembly of Yisrael, “If you approve, and if Hashem our God concurs, let us send far and wide to our remaining kinsmen throughout the territories of Yisrael, including the Kohanim and Leviim in the towns where they have pasturelands, that they should gather together to us

va-YO-mer da-VEED l’-KHOL k’-HAL yis-ra-AYL im a-lay-KHEM TOV u-min a-do-NAI e-lo-HAY-nu nif-r’-TZAH nish-l’-KHAH al a-KHAY-nu ha-nish-a-REEM b’-KHOL ar-TZOT yis-ra-AYL v’-i-ma-HEM ha-ko-ha-NEEM v’-hal-vi-YIM b’-a-RAY mig-r’-shay-HEM v’-yi-ka-v’-TZU ay-LAY-nu

ב  וַיֹּאמֶר דָּוִיד לְכֹל קְהַל יִשְׂרָאֵל אִם־עֲלֵיכֶם טוֹב וּמִן־יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ נִפְרְצָה נִשְׁלְחָה עַל־אַחֵינוּ הַנִּשְׁאָרִים בְּכֹל אַרְצוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל וְעִמָּהֶם הַכֹּהֲנִים וְהַלְוִיִּם בְּעָרֵי מִגְרְשֵׁיהֶם וְיִקָּבְצוּ אֵלֵינוּ׃

13:2   That they should gather together to us

King David assembled the People of Israel before bringing the Aron HaBrit to its resting place in Yerushalayim. The Ark is the symbol of the covenant between the Children of Israel and God, as it says, “And deposit in the Aron [the tablets of] the Pact which I will give you” (Exodus 25:16). The verses in Exodus continue to elaborate about the function of the Aron: “There I will meet with you, and I will impart to you—from above the cover, from between the two cherubim that are on top of the Aron HaBrit” (Exodus 25:22). Since the Lord continues to communicate with the people from above the Aron after the revelation at Sinai, this means that the Ark is the means through which He expresses His continued commitment to the covenant and His closeness with the people. David therefore felt that the entire nation should take part in the ceremony marking the transference of the Ark to Yerushalayim.

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  • David must have felt very humbled with the numbers of warriors who came to do battle for him. He could have taken the Ark and had it set in place in Jerusalem, with no thought of the people. Is it any wonder that HaShem loved and blessed this man, one who continued to consider the Nation as a whole, not just himself as King.

    We used to sing a song about meeting the Lord between the wings of the Cherabim, many years ago… it was some years before I realised the song was about the Cherabim who were over the Ark of the Covenant, and by extention, the relevance of the Ark, for Jew and Gentile.

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