ATSS: Thandazani Mhlanga, “The Death of Uzzah: Whose Fault Was It?”
9 November 2022 |
Read this essay in preparation for this Adventist Today Sabbath Seminar (ATSS) class.
by Thandazani Mhlanga
I find the story of Uzzah in 1 Chronicles 13:1-11 and 2 Samuel 6:1-8 still as puzzling and perplexing as the first day I heard it. After all, if it weren’t for Uzzah, the ark might have fallen off the cart, which would have been embarrassing, not to mention disrespectful—and perhaps we would now be complaining about Uzzah’s carelessness in not saving the ark!
Maybe this explains why I have never heard a homily on Uzzah. How does one wrap one’s mind around a God of seemingly inexplicable contradictions? In the New Testament, He invites you to partner with Him in sharing the good news; yet in the Old Testament, if you give God a hand, He might take your life!
How does the jury of religious public opinion resolve the case of Uzzah? What do the various interpretations say about God’s character? In this class, we’re going to study this troubling and mysterious story, to try to discover how Jewish and Christian commentators handled its theological ramifications.
Thandazani Mhlanga is a pastor, educator, speaker, and author who is currently studying ancient Near Eastern civilizations at the University of Toronto. Pastor Thandazani and his wife, Matilda, have three girls who are the joy of their lives. His website is themscproject.com.
Loren Seibold is the Executive Editor of Adventist Today, and the founder of the ATSS.
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