Ark of the Covenant

Ark of the Covenant

“And there I have provided a place for the ark, in which is the covenant of the Lord that he made with our fathers, when he brought them out of the land of Egypt.” - 1 Kings 8:21

The ark of the covenant was a box and a seat. It was a very beautiful and well made box and seat, but still just a box. It was not valuable because it was a box, but rather it was valuable because what it held and for its purpose. It was a box for the covenant between God and His people, and the mercy seat for God where the blood of the sacrifices to be applied.

There were a number of times that the people of Israel got in trouble because they viewed the box itself as important. They would take the ark of the covenant places it was never supposed to go, and subsequently lost it.

We too have our own ark of the covenant of sorts; our hearts. We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14), but we are still just a box/vessel for the covenant that is written on our hearts (Heb. 8:10, 2 Cor. 4:7). It is to our hearts that the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice is applied (Hebrews 10:22). Our bodies are not special for their own sake, but they are special for what they hold and the work that we are to do with them; God’s work. Don’t lose your ark because you fail to see its importance. Don’t take it places it shouldn’t go lest you lose it.