After four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, Solomon began to build the temple. (I Kings 6:1) Just before dedication the ark of covenant was brought to the Temple. “There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone that Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.” (I Kings 8: 9) Initially, there was the golden pot of manna and rod of Aaron that had budded and blossomed. (Hebrews 9:4; Exodus 16:34) The ark of covenant was made of acacia wood (52 x 31 x31 inches). On the top of the ark were two cherubim, covering the Mercy Seat. The ark was covered on all sides with gold.
Manna: The presence of the jar of manna symbolized God’s constant provision for His people. Manna was also referred to as food of angels. (Psalms 78:24-25) Lord Jesus stated: “I am the Bread of Life.” (John 6:35) Sadly, manna went missing when Solomon brought the ark. Was it stolen? Lost due to negligence?
Aaron’s rod: All tribes were commanded to bring a rod and place in the presence of God. Overnight, only Aarons rod had sprouted, budded, blossomed and brought ripe almonds. (Numbers 17:5) It was a miracle all four aspects happened simultaneously, representing resurrection. This rod also went missing.
Ten Commandments: God Himself wrote the Ten Commandments on the stone tablets. (Exodus 34:1) Praise God it was preserved and was in the ark.
Inside the ark was complete representation of human rebellion. Manna was rejected by Israel. Aaron’s rod also represents the rebellion of people against priesthood. Ten Commandments denoted the disobedience of people. Yet, God was faithful to keep His covenant. Lord Jesus Christ is the Manna, the Priest and fulfilled the Law.
Am I redeemed by the blood of Jesus of New Covenant?
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