Monday, July 11, 2011

What's in the Ark?

1Ki 8:6 And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubims.
1Ki 8:7 For the cherubims spread forth their two wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubims covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
1Ki 8:8 And they drew out the staves, that the ends of the staves were seen out in the holy place before the oracle, and they were not seen without: and there they are unto this day.
1Ki 8:9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
1Ki 8:10 And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
1Ki 8:11 So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD.

The Ark contained the testimony, the tables of stone on which was written the ten commandments. This was the most holy word of God that was given to Moses personally and Moses shared it with Israel. When we share what God has given to us, it is our testimony. The ten commandments were delivered personally by God. The law was given by inspiration. Apparently the Ten Commandments coming directly from God were considered more holy and perfect.

I had thought that Aaron's rod was in the Ark and also manna until I read 1Kings 8:9. This verse caused me to search the scriptures.

In the New Testament book of Hebrews we learn this:

Heb 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;
Heb 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;

Aaron's rod and the golden pot that had the manna were next to the Ark. Let's go back to the beginning.

Exo 25:16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.

It is called the Ark of the testimony.

The ten commandments were given to Moses as His personal testimony; the LORD gave the commands as a witness to his divine will.

Deu 10:1 At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood.
Deu 10:2 And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in the ark.

Apparently the only thing inside the Ark was these stone tablets. Aaron's rod that budded was placed next to the Ark as a testimony of his priesthood.

Num 17:8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. Num 17:9 And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod.
Num 17:10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.

The Book of the Law of Moses was the old covenant which was was placed by the Ark of the covenant, also called Ark of the testimony.

Deu 31:24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,
Deu 31:25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,
Deu 31:26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee.
Deu 31:27 For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?

Manna and the importance of God's word

Deu 8:3 And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

The Ark is in heaven now and Jesus has come with the living word, the Spiritual Manna from heaven. The testimonies of the ten commandments, the manna, the law of Moses and Aaron's rod and authority are all important parts of the Jewish Old Covenant. Jesus brought us the New Covenant in his atoning blood, by this our sins are forgiven if we believe in him. The Christian who is Spirit born has the tablets written on his heart. The law was to prepare our hearts revealing our sins so that we would receive God's Son who takes away our sins. The law could not save, but Jesus saves us from our sins and we receive grace through faith in him.We are to be made into his image; born again spirit filled children of God. Our Ark now is Jesus, we are in him and he in us, holy vessels unto the LORD.

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