What Does The Ark Of The Covenant Represent?

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Jeremiah 3:16

16 When you multiply and increase in the land, in those days—this is the Lord’s declaration—no one will say again, “The ark of the Lord’s covenant.” It will never come to mind, and no one will remember or miss it. Another one will not be made.

The ark of the covenant is gone because Jesus is the fulfillment of its use. 

1. The ark means protection

Genesis 6:17-18

17 “Understand that I am bringing a flood—floodwaters on the earth to destroy every creature under heaven with the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark with your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives.

2. The covenant means redemption [deliverance from sin]

Luke 22:19-20

19 And he took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way he also took the cup after supper and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

The ark of the covenant’s cover was called the mercy seat which the priest [Aaron at the time] would go inside the curtain [the room called: the Holy of Holies] and sprinkle some of the bull’s blood for himself and afterward for the people that their sins can be atoned [have their sins forgiven]. 

God’s presence was above the mercy seat when Moses would come to speak to the LORD [Numbers 7:89]. 

So far you can see that the priest would have to bring blood to make atonement for himself and the people’s sins when entering the Holy of Holies. The room that he was entering was so holy because God would meet them there when He would speak to them. 

That is why sin cannot exist in heaven next to a holy God. To approach, the Living God was so serious that you would have to take the necessary steps that God prescribed so that you can live and not die in His presence [Leviticus 16:13]. Even the angels [Seraphim], the ones with six wings who cover themselves from head to foot with four of their wings since they are always in God’s presence.  

Isaiah 6:1-3

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphim were standing above him; they each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 And one called to another:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies;
his glory fills the whole earth.

The items contained inside the ark of the covenant were the following: 

  1. The two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments
  2. Aaron’s staff
  3. Mana [bread from heaven]

Let’s bring everything together and see what God was showing us through the ark of the covenant. 

  1. God’s presence 
  2. The atonement of sins through sacrificial blood
  3. God is our shepherd who leads us [the staff]
  4. God is our provider [mana] and our salvation

Translated to:

  1. Jesus is God [John 1:1] Jesus is called Emmanuel, God is with us [Matthew 1:22-23
  2. Jesus is called the Word of God [Revelation 19:13]
  3. Jesus is our shepherd [John 10:11]
  4. Jesus is the savior of mankind [the bread of life, John 6:32-33

The ark of the covenant and everything inside of it represented who God is and what He was going to do. God Himself was going to come in the person of Jesus Christ to save us.

The ark of the covenant foreshadowed this:

When a person puts their faith in Jesus Christ they will be protected from God’s judgment that was based on their sins. Christ rescued us by paying our debt [sins] in full on the cross. Jesus promised that those who put their faith in Him, will not see death [hell] but will have eternal life [to be with Jesus in heaven] after we take off this earthly body. 

Jesus is our ark of the covenant. Noah, Moses, and the people of Israel were all saved by the ark. Salvation is found in no one else but in Jesus Christ [Acts 4:12]. God was the Savior of the Old Testament and is the Savior of the New Testament. There has always been one Savior, God who came in the person of Jesus. 

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The Trinity

The Trinity in Deuteronomy 6:4

The Trinity is not only mentioned but revealed in Deuteronomy 6:4

First of all, let’s see what the word Trinity means. Trinity means that there is one God who exists as three persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit all three being one God, Yahweh.

Biblically, this is seen in:

1. Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 44:24, Isaiah 45:18God as Creator; John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16Jesus as Creator
2. Isaiah 43:11There exist no other Savior besides God; Acts 4:8-12, John 14:6There exist no other Savior besides Jesus Christ
3. John 20:28Jesus is literally called God; John 14:7-9Jesus plainly tells Philip that He is God because Philip asks to see God and Jesus replies that he is looking at God
4. Deuteronomy 30:6God is the one to circumcise the heart of men so that they may be new; Romans 2:29The Holy Spirit is the one to circumcise the heart of men so that they may be new
5. Acts 5:3-4The Holy Spirit is called God because both are used in the context as if you have lied to the one you have lied to the other, both being one and the same.


Who is the Messiah?

The Messiah to come into the world as said in the Old Testament is to be God Himself.

Malachi 4:4-6

4 “Remember the instruction of Moses My servant, the statutes and ordinances I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. 5 Look, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome Day of the LORD comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise, I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

1. LORD all caps refers to Yahweh

2. Elijah refers to John the Baptist (Matthew 17:10-13)

John the Baptist came in the ministry of Elijah for the sole purpose to make the people’s heart open and ready to receive Yahweh when He would come in human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ.

Now we can understand Deuteronomy 6:4 which says, 4 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One (Echad).

The Hebrew word for “One” is a unified One. In the Hebrew language, there are two different words to say the word one, but in English, there is just one word to say one. Below you will see both examples of those words

1. Echad which means for an example: There’s “one” team out in the field or as “one” men together. A group of people that are considered as one is the idea behind the word “Echad”
2. Yachid which means a numeric “one”, a literal one, for an example: I have one pencil left or there’s only one person in the house.

Deuteronomy 6:4 uses the word Echad to say the LORD is One. God was trying to show that He exists as a plural but even in that plurality, He is still one God NOT many. We see this in Matthew 28:18-20 which says, 18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

As you can see in verse 19, Jesus uses a word that’s singular to describe 3 persons just like the word “one” in Deut. 6:4.

To say that God cannot manifest Himself as three persons is not only limiting Him to our understanding but we have made up our own God who is foreign to Scripture. God is an infinite being who is beyond our comprehension who is the I AM. In the same way, we accept the fact that God is in every single believer at the same time but yet some would deny Him being as three.

 

If we would fully understand the nature of God then He wouldn’t be God.