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Arks Of The Covenant

The English word "ark" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, arc, which was used to refer to a chest or coffer i.e. a container for holding something valuable (coffin, which in medieval times was also called "a dead man's chest," is the same word as coffer).

Two Hebrew words are translated into English as "ark." The first, pronounced tay-bawh, means a box. It was used for Noah's Ark and the ark in which the infant Moses was placed into the Nile River by his mother.

"7:9 There went in two and two unto Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded Noah" (Genesis 7:9 KJV)

"2:5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it." (Exodus 2:5 KJV)

The other Hebrew word translated as "ark" is pronounced aw-rone. It refers to the Ark of the Covenant that contained the Ten Commandments and Aaron's rod (by no coincidence, the word for the Ark, and the name of "Aaron," have the same root meaning).

"9:4 ... The 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; 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat" (Hebrews 9:4-5 KJV)

The Arks Of The Covenant

All three "arks" in the Holy Scriptures were created to preserve, not just life (hence the reason that an ark can also be a coffin), but righteous life. Notice carefully that, like the later Ark of the Covenant that contained the Ten Commandments, "Noah's ark" also represented a covenant of life i.e. "6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark."

The Holy Scriptures

"6:9 These are the generations of Noah:

Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 6:10 And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 6:14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. 6:15 And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. 6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.

6:18 But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee." (Genesis 6:9-18 KJV)

The ark in which the infant Moses was placed conveyed the same covenant - it was from Moses' life, that was saved by that ark, that the Covenant was later delivered to Moses on Mount Sinai - that would be placed in the Ark of that time. Moses began and ended his life with arks.

"1:22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive." (Exodus 1:22 KJV)

"2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2:2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 2:3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink." (Exodus 2:1-3 KJV)

The Ark of The Covenant contained the Ten Commandments - the Law by which Judgment unto Salvation or condemnation, will be made (see Works Means Obedience and Jot and Tittle; also When Will You Be Judged?). All three of the arks of Bible History and Prophecy had the single purpose of "in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee."

"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 [i.e. it could be carried only by specific Levites; see also Raiders Of The Lost Ark]so . 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.

25:17 And thou shalt make a mercy seat [see Christ's Mercy Seat] of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof. 25:18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat. 25:19 And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof. 25:20 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be. 25:21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee." (Exodus 25:10-21 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Who commanded Noah to build his ark? Who had Moses saved by means of the ark in the Nile River? (b) Who delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses that were placed in the Ark of the Covenant?
(a) See Christ The Creator and 'The God Of The Old Testament'
(b) 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 and see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'


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