Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Beginning of the Story

The story of Obed-Edom is one of the greatest undiscovered stories in the Bible. Your destiny will never be the same if you apply his secret to your life. At the beginning of his story, he is a nobody; he simply lived in a house beside the road to Jerusalem. By chance, the Ark of the Covenant, which contained the literal presence of God, was left in his house.

            Let's read what happened. "The Lord blessed his household and everything he had" (1 Chron. 13:13). When you invite God's presence to dwell in your house, you can expect God's blessing too.

            Of all the people in Israel God could have blessed, it is very surprising He chose to bless Obed-Edom. His first name "Obed" means "slave." His second name "Edom" means he was an Edomite, known to be an enemy of Israel. On top of these negative labels, the Bible tells us he was from the city of Gath, the city of King David's greatest enemy, Golieth.

            Just like Obed-Edom, you may have been negatively stereotyped or come from a unsavory past, but it does not matter who you are, or where you are from, or what your past is like, when God comes to live in your house, you are going to be blessed! 

            After three months, King David heard about how blessed Obed-Edom was and he came to get the ark. Obed-Edom's story could have ended there. But, guess what? His story is not finished yet. He is mentioned seven more times in the Bible and each time he has been promoted. Let's take a look at his amazing journey.