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ADVENTURES OF THE GOLDEN BOX The Ark of the Covenant ADVENTURES OF THE GOLDEN BOX The Ark of the Covenant

Introduction There have been numerous arks: Noah’s ark – Genesis 6 300 x 50 Introduction There have been numerous arks: Noah’s ark – Genesis 6 300 x 50 x 30 cubits Moses’ ark – Exodus 2: 3 “floating crib” Only one sacred ark – Exodus 25

The Golden Box/Sacred Ark Size: 2 ½ x 1 ½ cubits At 18” = The Golden Box/Sacred Ark Size: 2 ½ x 1 ½ cubits At 18” = 45” x 27” Acacia wood o’er laid with gold Gold rim, staves on side, rings at feet Mercy seat on top with 2 cherubim Bezalel constructed – Exodus 35, 37

Placed in the ark: pot of manna – Exodus 16: 33 -34 Aaron’s rod Placed in the ark: pot of manna – Exodus 16: 33 -34 Aaron’s rod – Numbers 17: 10 2 tables of 10 commandments – Deuteronomy 31: 26 By Solomon’s time only tables of stone 1 Kings 8: 9

Use of the Golden Box ¨ Carried before the camp of Israel in moves Use of the Golden Box ¨ Carried before the camp of Israel in moves - Num. 10: 33; Josh. 3: 6 ¨ Present sometimes in war – 1 Sam. 4: 45 ¨ Place of inquiry – Josh 7: 6 -9 ¨ Signified God’s presence, communion, and revelation – Ex. 25: 22; Num. 7: 89

Adventures of the Golden Box ¨ Divides the Jordan – Josh 3: 14 -17 Adventures of the Golden Box ¨ Divides the Jordan – Josh 3: 14 -17 ¨ Led Israel in journeys – Num. 10 ¨ Carried around Jericho – Josh. 6 ¨ Lost to Philistines – 1 Sam. 4 ¨ At Ashdod disrupts Dagon – 1 Sam. 5 ¨ Moved to Gath, Ekron – 1 Sam. 5 where God sent tumors

¨ Stayed 7 months among Philistines ¨ Restored to Israel by 2 milk cows ¨ Stayed 7 months among Philistines ¨ Restored to Israel by 2 milk cows with calves, never yoked – 1 Sam. 6: 1 -18 ¨ Came to Beth-shemesh, 50, 070 men smitten for looking inside ¨ 20 years at Kiriath-jearim – 1 Sam. 7 in the house of Abinidab, with son Eleazar sanctified as priest

¨ David’s foolish attempt – 2 Sam. 6 where Uzzah died. ¨ 3 months ¨ David’s foolish attempt – 2 Sam. 6 where Uzzah died. ¨ 3 months in the house of Obed-edom 2 Sam. 6 ¨ Brought to Jerusalem properly by David, shoulders of Levites – 2 Sam. 6 ¨ David confessed “not according to the ordinance” – 1 Chron. 15: 13

¨ Solomon put the golden ark in the temple – 1 Kings 8 ¨ ¨ Solomon put the golden ark in the temple – 1 Kings 8 ¨ In an “oracle” of gold – 1 Kings 6 ¨ Holy of Holies - 20’ x 20’ ¨ Golden chains, 2 cherubim of olive wood o’er laid with gold, 10 cubits high, 5 cubit wings wall to wall

Conclusion ¨ What happened to the Golden Box? ¨ Josiah, 640 B. C. , Conclusion ¨ What happened to the Golden Box? ¨ Josiah, 640 B. C. , restored temple and put the ark in it – 2 Chron. 25: 3 ¨ Temple was destroyed in 587 B. C. by Nebuzaradan, general of Nebuchadnezzar – 2 Kings 25 ¨ Built in 1490 B. C. – lasted 900 years?

God’s Presence in the N. T. ¨ The Church is God’s Temple – 1 God’s Presence in the N. T. ¨ The Church is God’s Temple – 1 Cor. 3: 16 -17 ¨ Christians put together into a temple, the habitation of God – Eph. 2: 21 ¨ Christians as living stones built up into a spiritual house – 1 Peter 2: 5

¨ In the O. T. God instructed a certain respect in preparation, behavior, and ¨ In the O. T. God instructed a certain respect in preparation, behavior, and dress. ¨ What does one suppose pleases God today when Christians come together as the “Holy Temple”? ¨ Anything less?