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Ark of Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant was very sacred to the Ancient Jews.  And if should be to us in memory.

It was a rectangular box made of Acacia wood, A tree or shrub of warm climates that bears spikes or clusters of yellow or white flowers and is frequently thorny is the substance of the Ark.

It was about 4 x 1.5 x 1.5 feet in size.  It was covered with gold and was carried by poles that were inserted into rings located on the four corners.  On top was a lid called "The Mercy Seat" which had two Cherubs with outstretched wings pointing towards each other.  

Heb. 9:3 (NAS95S) Behind  the second veil (there was a  tabernacle) which is called the  Holy of Holies,
Heb. 9:4 (NAS95S) having a golden   altar of incense and  the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was  a golden jar holding the Manna {sweet substance from tamarisk tree], and  Aaron’s rod which budded, and  the tables of the covenant;
Heb. 9:5 (NAS95S) and above it were the  cherubim of glory  overshadowing the mercy seat;

It served as the symbol of the very presence of God.  The Ark of the Covenant was put in the Tabernacle the home of all.  Once a year, the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies and sprinkle blood on the Mercy Seat.  This was symbolic of the forgiveness of the sins of the Jewish nation.  The Ark of the Covenant is also called the "Ark of the Testimony" (Ex. 30:6),

Ex. 30:6 (NAS95S) “You shall put  this altar in front of the veil that is  near the ark of the testimony, in front of the  mercy seat that is over the ark of the testimony, where I [God] will meet with you.

 "Ark of God" (1 Sam. 3:3), and the "Ark of the covenant of the Lord" (Deut. 10:8).

Deut. 30:10 (NAS95S)  if you  obey the LORD your God to keep His commandments and His statutes which  are written in this book of the law,  if you turn to the LORD your God  with all your heart and soul.

“You shall have Me as Your One God…” That is the First Commandment’s conclusion.

Deut. 31:25 (NAS95S) that Moses commanded the Levites  who carried the ark of the covenant (to be put) in the Temple of the LORD,

In 597 and 586 BC the Babylonian empire conquered the Israelites, and the Ark stored in the temple in Jerusalem, vanished from history. Whether it was destroyed, captured, or hidden nobody knows.

We carry the temple in our hearts.

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