The Ark Of The Covenant Essay Research

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The Ark Of The Covenant Essay, Research Paper THE ARK OF THE COVENANT BY B.J. SCHULTZ The Ark of the Covenant is presently one of the most sought-after objects in the world. It is probably the most powerful, influential, and mysterious objects in the history of the world. There are hundreds of theories as to the whereabouts of the ark, everything from the Temple Mount to aliens, Elvis, and Roswell New Mexico. But where is it today? Has it already been discovered, or will it remain a mystery, shrouded in conspiracy? The Ark of the Covenant was constructed with acacia wood and 24 karat pure gold. The ‘mercy seat’ was made completely of pure gold only, and the two cherubim were made of the same peice of gold as the mercy seat. All the wood was overlayed with gold. The

cherubim’s wings were outstreched over the mercy seat to cover it. The posts to carry it were made of acacia wood also and overlayed with gold. The ark had rings on each corner which were separately cast and attached. It was two and a half cubits long, one and a half cubits wide and one and a half cubits high. This is about three feet nine inches long, two feet three inches wide, and two feet and three inches high. The Ark of the Covenant was built at Mount Sinai by Bezalel ben Uri, which means, “In the shadow of God, the son of my light”. He built the ark to the exact specifications of God. The ark contained the tablets of the Ten Commandments, a golden pot of manna, and Aaron’s staff, which had budded. It was used to carry these objects and God himself said it was his

dwelling place. The ark was also a symbol of God’s power to the Israelites and a physical representation of His presence and dwelling place. The Israelites carried the ark with them everywhere and to every battleground because they knew God lived among them and would protect them. It was also a symbol of his promise that they were his chosen people. The ark played a significant role while the Israelites were wandering in the desert. They built a tabernacle as God instructed them, and placed the Ark of the Covenant in a separate room called the Holy of Holies. No one could enter the Holy of Holies unless God called them to do so. After the ark was set there the glory of God filled the tabernacle in the form of a cloud. When the cloud lifted, the Israelites would travel, but if

it didn’t lift they had to stay put until it did. At night the cloud was filled with fire to guide them. God’s ark led them through the desert during Exodus. After the exile the ark was taken with them to the promised land. All this time the Levites were the only group of people who could move the tabernacle and the ark and protect them. From then on the ark stayed with the Israelites. In all, the ark travelled from Mount Sinai to Gilgal to Shiloh and to Jerusalem where King Solomon began constructing a temple for it. It took him seven years to finish it. The resting place of the ark, the Holy of Holies, was twenty cubits long, high and wide, andf overlayed completely with pure gold. Solomon had also had two cherubim carved, each ten cubits tall with five cubit long

outstreched wings, made of olive wood and overlayed with gold. These cherubim seem to match the description of the cherubim on top of the mercy seat. They were placed in the Holy of Holies. When the preists put the ark in the new temple, under the cherubim, the cloud of the glory of the Lord filled the entire temple so the preists couldn’t even perform their responsibilities. After Solomon’s death there were many evil kings, and during the reign of these kings it is assumed that the preists hid the ark in a safe place. In 2 Chronicles 35:3 Josiah tells the Levite preists to put the ark back into the temple Solomon built. That is also the last time the Ark of the Covenant is mentioned in the Scriptures. Was it placed back in the temple? Who knows? God had very specific