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More Art from Richard McBee

David dancing © Richard McBee

David Dancing Alone (2003) oil on canvas, 68 x 68 by Richard McBee

David Dancing Alone © Richard McBee

David Dancing (2005) oil and collage on canvas (18 x 24) by Richard McBee

David’s Narrative – Samuel II: 6

“12. And it was told king David, saying, The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom, and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the city of David with gladness.
13. And it was so, that when those who carried the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.
14. And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
15. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the shofar.
16. And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.”

“21. And David said to Michal, It was before the Lord, who chose me before your father, and before all his house, to appoint me prince over the people of the Lord, over Israel; therefore will I play before the Lord.
22. And I will make myself more contemptible than this, and will be abased in my sight; and of the maidservants which you have spoken of, of them shall I be held in honor.
23. And Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.”

God gave the Children of Israel the 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai and at His command they put the Tablets of the Law into a gilded box, the Ark of the Covenant. It traveled with them throughout the Wilderness for 40 years and entered the Land of Israel with them. The Ark along with the Tabernacle traveled from place to place for hundreds of years never finding a permanent home until David choose to bring it to Jerusalem and make that city his capital and the ritual center of Judaism. This episode depicts its entry into Jerusalem and his ecstatic reaction to its holiness and his artistic defiance in the face of his uncomprehending wife.

  1. February 10, 2010 at 1:17 am

    For more information about Shofar and other Holy Temple instruments.

    We have three websites

    1) Shofar Sounders WebPage

    http://shofar221.com

    2) Joint Effort with Michael Chusid, an expert Shofar sounder and commentator

    http://www.hearingshofar.com
    3) Shofar WebPage
    http://shofar-sounders.com
    If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to ask.

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