Ark of God

Ark of God

A container of indeterminate size, variously called the Ark of Yahweh or the Ark of God, the Ark of the Covenant, and the Ark of the testimony. According to biblical tradition, the Ark contained the two tablets of the law (Deut 10:2; Deut 10:5); the NT Letter to the Hebrews records a later Jewish tradition that it also contained a jar of manna and Aaron’s miraculous rod (Heb 9:3-5). The Israelite Ark led the people in the desert (Num 10:33), was carried around the walls of Jericho (Josh 6), and was brought into the camp during military operations (1Sam 4:2-4). A narrative sometimes called the “history of the Ark” (1Sam 4:1-7:2) tells of its capture by the Philistines. David installed the Ark in his new capital, Jerusalem (2Sam 6), and it was later transferred into the Holy of Holies of Solomon’s new Temple (1Kgs 8:4-7). From this time onward, the Ark would remain stationary and be viewed as a throne, on which God sat as an invisible deity above the two guardian cherubim (2Kgs 19:15). It was also conceived as the place where atonement was made, supremely by the sprinkling of blood on the Day of Atonement (Lev 16:14-16).

Deut 10:2

2I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets, which you smashed, and you shall put them in the ark.”

Deut 10:5

5So I turned and came down from the mountain, and put the tablets in the ark that I had made; and there they are, as the Lord commanded me.

Heb 9:3-5

3Behind the second curtain was a tent called the Holy of Holies.4In it stood the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with ... View more

Num 10:33

33So they set out from the mount of the Lord three days' journey with the ark of the covenant of the Lord going before them three days' journey, to seek out a r ... View more

Josh 6

Jericho Taken and Destroyed
1Now Jericho was shut up inside and out because of the Israelites; no one came out and no one went in.2The Lord said to Joshua, “See ... View more

1Sam 4:2-4

2The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle was joined, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on t ... View more

1Sam 4:1-7:2

1And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.
The Ark of God Captured
In those days the Philistines mustered for war against Israel, and Israel went out to battle ... View more

2Sam 6

David Brings the Ark to Jerusalem
1David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.2David and all the people with him set out and went from B ... View more

1Kgs 8:4-7

4So they brought up the ark of the Lord, the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the tent; the priests and the Levites brought them up.5King ... View more

2Kgs 19:15

15And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said: “O Lord the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, you are God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of ... View more

Lev 16:14-16

14He shall take some of the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle the b ... View more

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