When we hear the name “Obededom”, what comes to mind is the man who received the ark of the Covenant from David; the man whom God eventually blessed to the surprise of many who thought that he would witness God’s fiery judgment. Let’s briefly consider what the bible has to say about this man.
He was a righteous man.
From the texts in 2nd Samuel 6 and 1st Chronicles 13, we see that there was panic after the death of Uzzah because he touched the ark to steady it. Who shall take the ark? David eventually reasoned that there was a Levite named Obededom-a man who had moral authority. David didn’t choose just anyone; he searched for a man who had the fear of God. At that time, the only option was for the ark to rest in the home of a man whom David thought would have God’s approval-and he was right! The bible records that God blessed Obededom and his family after the ark was taken to their home to confirm to them that the ark had come to the home of a righteous man. The opposite (disaster) would have been the case had it been that Obededom and his household walked in iniquity as was the case with the Philistines (1st Samuel4-7).
He was blessed by God
In the book of 1st Chronicles 26v4-5, we see that after the Chronicler listed the eight sons of Obededom, he added that, “for the Lord blessed him (Obededom)”. Obededom wasn’t the first man to have many sons. But there seem to be something deeper in those words which the subsequent verses reveal. “Also unto Shemaiah his son were sons born who ruled throughout the house of their father [Obededom]; for they were mighty men of valor. The sons of Shemaiah: Othni, and Rephael, and Obed, and Elzabad, whose brethren were strong men, Elihu, and Semachiah.All these were of the sons of Obededom; they and their sons and their brethren, able men with strength for the service were threescore and two of Obededom.” So, beyond the numerical count of progeny, we see that God blessed Obededom by giving him valiant sons.
He was an active worker
Contrary to what some think about Obededom as just some miserable low-life popper whom David wanted to experiment with by virtue of his authority a the King of Israel, Obededom was a highly respected Levite who served as part of the choir leaders (1st Chronicles 15).
The bible records in 2nd Chronicles 16v9 that “…the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…” God used the life of Obededom to teach the Israelites that if their ways pleased him, he would bless them. And God is saying the same today to us, that if our hearts are drawn towards Him, he would surely bless us with blessings (true blessings) that the disobedient cannot boast of.
May the Lord bless our hearts.