What’s in the Ark?

Mercy Seat on Ark.jpg

3 Arks

  1. Inside Noah’s Ark
    1. Two of every kind of animal. Genesis 6:19-20
    2. 7 pairs of each of the clean animals. Genesis 7:2
    3. 8 souls with room for a lot more had they received the invitation
    4. And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Genesis 7:1
    5. Fruits and vegetables to feed all because neither man nor beast ate meat until after the flood.

i.       There were no venomous snakes until after the flood. If you put a venomous snake in a hyperbaric chamber today the venom becomes non poisonous.

  1. Inside the Ark of bulrushes was Moses placed there by parents with faith.
  2. Inside the Ark of the Covenant: contents varied through the years.
    1. 10 Commandments

i.      Laws that man cannot keep.

ii.      Left in the Ark for Jesus to fulfill at His coming.

  1. Golden pot of manna, removed by Philistines

i.      A reminder of God’s daily provision

ii.      For the unbelievers it was just something to eat.

  1. Aaron’s rod that budded, removed by Philistines

i.      A reminder to God’s people that God sets up authorities

ii.      For the unbelievers it was just something to eat.

Inside of the Ark of the Covenant because only the Lord could fulfill the 10 Commandments

Deuteronomy 10:5  And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me.

Inside of the Ark of the Covenant as a reminder of the Lord’s daily provision

Exodus 16:33

And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations.

Inside of the Ark of the Covenant to remind us that the Lord sets up authorities

Numbers 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.

In the side and by the side is the same Hebrew word. The Levites kept the whole law close to the Ark of the Covenant. The Philistines have no appreciation for the meaning of the manna and Aaron’s Rod but believed they could pay for it so they added some gold for an offering to pay for what they took.

Deuteronomy 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,

25  That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying,

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.

I Samuel 4:22

And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.

I Samuel 6:8

And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away, that it may go.

I Kings 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.

The New Testament reference of the contents refers to the time before the Philistines took the Ark.

Hebews 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;

God preserves

  • His word Psalm 12:6-7
  • His people Psalm 121:7-8
  • His possessions Isaiah 31:5

Where is it? My opinion is that it is in Ethiopia.  It will turn up during the construction of the next temple.

  • Jesus fulfilled the law for you; have you accepted His gift of eternal life by faith?
  • Jesus is providing all of your needs; are you satisfied with Him?
  • Jesus set up authorities for your protection and direction; are you in submission?

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