Very little is known about the box covered in gold whose dimensions were about 3 feet 9 inches long, by 2 feet 3 inches wide and high. This box was the most important piece of furniture in all Jewish culture. It was the center of all Jewish living and apart from it the Jews were no different than any of the nations of Canaan. This box was known as the Ark of the Covenant. Understanding the significance of the Ark helps us to understand the role that God's presence played in the nation of Israel and how His presence can affect and transform our lives today. Today we don't gather around a box covered in gold to worship the Lord, for the Ark of the Covenant is no longer something that is to be sought after but is now living and breathing within the heart of every believer. For Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Ark of the Covenant in the flesh.
“Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table of incense, and the table of showbread, which is called the sanctuary; and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant; and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.” (Hebrews 9:1-5)
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