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Inside the Ark

Modern fascination with the Ark of the Covenant began in 1981 when Raiders of the Lost Ark was released.  In case you’ve forgotten, Harrison Ford plays Dr. Indiana Jones, an archeologist and expert in the occult who is hired by the United States to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Germans during World War II.  Although this film displays a somewhat realistic nature of the Ark’s power, what lies inside is just as important.

Which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant, Hebrews 9:4.

God told Moses to place three significant pieces of Israel’s history inside the ark as a reminder of God’s providence over the Jews.  The first is a jar of manna, bread from heaven sent to keep those wandering in the desert from starving to death.  The next piece is Aaron’s staff which was turned into a snake, ate up all the staff snakes made by Egyptian magicians before turning back into a staff.  This staff symbolizes God’s power during the ten plagues.  Finally, the ten commandments, written on stone tablets is the last piece, serving as a blue print for how to live and love God and man.

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name, John 20:30-31.

In recent years, the concept of time capsules have been used, burying things of the present so that those in the future may be reminded of the past.  Essentially, the Ark of the Covenant is God’s time capsule.  Whether this has already been found and hidden away in some government storage center or not, history is waiting to be uncovered.  Therefore, may those who are seeking answers to life’s questions find meaning in what lies inside the ark.

by Jay Mankus

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