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What's Inside The Ark?
The Ark Of The Covenant is one of the most significant items of Bible History, and, as the entire world will one day discover, The Ark will also be one of the most "earthshaking" sacred objects of Prophecy (see Raiders Of The Lost Ark to understand where The Ark is right now).
The Ark was constructed by Holy Spirit skilled Israelite craftsmen after the Exodus, while the LORD God (i.e. Jesus Christ: "10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ" 1 Corinthians 10:2-4 KJV; see also 'The God Of The Old Testament') led them in the Sinai (see also Why Through The Sea? and The Night Crossing). The Ark was made of acacia, or shittim, wood which was overlaid with pure gold. It measured about 43 inches (1.1 meters) long, and about 27 inches (0.7 meter) both wide and high. It had 2 gold rings fastened on each side through which poles were inserted to carry it. The poles were to remain in the rings at all times. The lid on the top was called the atonement cover, or "mercy seat" (see the Fact Finder question below). On top of it were two carved cherubim, with their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover.
"25:10 And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. 25:11 And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. 25:12 And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it. 25:13 And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. 25:14 And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them. 25:15 The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it. 25:16 And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee." (Exodus 25:10-16 KJV)
"The Ark of The Covenant ... wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the Tables of The Covenant"
The Ark was constructed primarily as a container for the second set (see Breaking The Law) of two Tables of Stone (see also What Did The Ten Commandments Look Like?) that Jesus Christ ("that Rock was Christ" as shown above; see also 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and The Trysting Tent) gave to Moses on Mount Sinai.
"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. 10:2 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.
"16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey. 16:32 And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commandeth, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt.
Aaron's rod (that had earlier been used miraculously for the Exodus e.g. Exodus 7:8-12) was also kept in The Ark.
"17:8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. 17:9 And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod. 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. 17:11 And Moses did so: as the LORD commanded him, so did he." (Exodus 17:8-11 KJV)
Fact Finder: As we've seen in this lesson, Jesus Christ had a direction connection to each of the items that were placed in The Ark. What "overall" connection does the Messiah also have to the Ark?