Full Size Replica of the 

Ark of the Covenant

"Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth"; so the ark is called in the Holy Scriptures (Joshua 3:11).  This most holy object was made of acacia wood, completely covered with fine gold, and decorated with a golden wreath.

The Ark of the Covenant was an ark or chest of shittim (acacia) wood two and one-half cubits long, and one and one-half cubits high (5 feet by 3 by 3) overlaid with gold, and embellished with a crown of gold extending around the chest upon the top edge. Four rings of pure gold were set in the four corners, two on one side and two on the other, through which were passed the wooden staves overlaid with gold used in carrying the sacred chest. Exodus 25: 10; 37: 1-10.

The Ark of the Covenant, thus fittingly enshrined, was the only piece
of furniture in the Most Holy Place.  It was visited but once each year by the High Priest, on the Day of Atonement, to make "atonement for the sins of the people." This was the most solemn ceremony of the Hebrew worship.

Looking into the Ark of the Covenant one can see it contents:  The Golden Pot of Manna, the Ten Commandments, and Aaron's Rod that Budded.

The lid, or covering was the Mercy Seat, and was one piece of of pure gold, two and one-half cubits long and one and one-half cubits broad (5 feet by 3). Upon each end of this Mercy Seat were Cherubim, made of pure "beaten" gold. These cherubim stretched forth their wings on high, so as to cover the Mercy Seat, their faces being inward toward the Mercy Seat. In this Ark, or Chest, and directly under the Mercy Seat, were the most sacred religious items of Judaism which included the Testimony or Ten Commandments upon two tables of stone, Manna from Heaven and Arron's Rod.

The Mercy Seat, Cherubim, and Shekinah Glory

The mercy seat and cherubim consisted of one integral unit made from solid beaten gold.  Perhaps this speaks of His glory and deity being one.  The only other article within the tabernacle similarly constructed was the candlestick.

Shekinah glory represents the very presence of God, and the cloud veiled His presence.  This cloud led His people to Israel, and the Holy Spirit similarly leads His people today.

"I will commune with thee from above the mercy-seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony."       (Exodus 25:22)

A special "Thanks" to Artist and Lecturer - Rev. David Hamilton of Mishkan Ministries for allowing us to photograph and display his beautiful Ark in our museum.  David has a website of his own where you can see other reproductions of Temple artifacts like the Golden Candlestick, Table of Shewbread and Altar of Incence.  David travels the United States giving lectures on these sacred objects.  You can visit his website by clicking on the link below:

http://mishkanministries.org 

 

         

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