Lessons from the Ark of the Covenant #2

Friday, May 21, 2021

“…[T]he 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;” (Hebrews 9:4 KJV).

What can we learn from the Ark of the Covenant?

As today’s Scripture indicates, this wooden chest or box covered in gold contained: (1) a golden pot of manna, (2) Aaron’s rod that budded, and (3) the two stone tables or tablets of the Ten Commandments. These were memorabilia from three momentous events in Israel’s ancient history.

While Moses was on Mount Sinai communing with the LORD and receiving the Law to give to Israel, the Jews were engaging in false-god worship below. Exodus 32:15,16: “And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.” Moses heard their partying, and when he descended, he beheld them dancing naked around a pagan idol! Outraged, he threw the stone tablets and they broke (verse 19)!

Deuteronomy 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. [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. [3] And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in mine hand. [4] And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them unto me. [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.”

The two stone tables were reminders of Israel’s rebellion….

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