The Ark of the Covenant “However, there shall be between you and it a distance of about 2,000 cubits by measure. “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, (16) the water from upstream stopped flowing. The Ark was a box designed by God Himself, and would hold the 10 Commandments. “You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and out you shall overlay it, and you shall make a gold molding around it. 6 In the future, these are to be a sign among you. In 1772, West was appointed offical history painter to the court and Surveyor of the King’s Pictures. When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. Joshua was given the task to lead his people across the River; this religious relic had to go first, and it is said that the Ark of the Covenant had to go first and as it was carried into the river, the waters stopped flowing. Joshua 3:14-16 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. First, there were 1 million to 2.5 million people crossing the river, so they were to leave some distance so that they could see the Ark up ahead. Sinai, the people were not to come close to the mount. “The cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings and facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the mercy seat. God will always lead us, and Christ is our strength, even in the struggle. Heb. 2 Samuel 6:6-7. Our God is a holy being, and being in His presence is a serious thing. The Israelites believed … This chest is known as the Ark of the Covenant. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people. (15) Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. "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. 5 And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for to morrow the LORD will do wonders among you. New Living Translation. After the invasion and destruction of Ai, an altar was built to the Lord on Mount Ebal. Lewis called this the great exchange: Jesus took on our sin and shame, and gave us His righteousness. Joshua 3:11 Context. Instead, God took them on the long route to the Red Sea, so they wouldn’t encounter the Philistines. God has always expected man to demonstrate faith in Him. The Ark of the Covenant was a gold-covered wooden chest described in the Bible's Book of Exodus as … Throughout the Old Testament, we see stories of how God provided safety and success using the symbol of the Ark. The Hebrew aron, by which the Ark of the Covenant is expressed, does not call to the mind, as that used for Noah's Ark, a large construction, but rather a chest.This word is generally determined in the sacred text; so we read of the Ark of the Testimony (Exodus 25:16, 22; 26:33, etc. When God’s presence was on Mt. “There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat…” (Exodus 25:22). The priest sprinkled the blood of a sacrificed animal onto the Mercy Seat to appease the wrath and anger of God for past sins committed. “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” Consecrate means to set aside or sanctify. When John saw Jesus, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29). At the end of three days the officers went through the midst of the camp; and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. God designed the Ark as place for His presence to dwell. Joshua 3:8 Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the waters, stand in the Jordan.'". They told the people to follow the Ark of the Covenant, but to stay back a distance of 2,000 cubits, or a 1,000 yards, the length of 10 football fields. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day. 3). According to the Book of Exodus, God instructed Moses on Mount Sinai during his 40-day stay upon the mountain where God was and he was shown the pattern for the tabernacle and furnishings of the Ark to be made of shittim wood to house the Tablets of Stone. 6 So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, "Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark … They did not honor or respect the God of Israel, and He made His presence known. Joshua 3:11-17 English Standard Version (ESV) 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth[ a] is passing over before you into the Jordan. We have been consecrated in Christ and His call for us today is to walk worthy of our calling. God is Holy: He is our Father, our Abba, He is King, He is faithful and full of grace and mercy, but He is also a Holy God. This was the same veil that was torn at the crucifixion of Christ, and inside the Holy of Holies was where the Ark would be found. Numbers 14:15 Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying. God’s presence was with them, but not anyone could enter in. Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant by Benjamin West, 1800. The Israelites believed in God’s Word. 2 Kings 23:21-23). “It shall come about when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan will be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down from above will stand in one heap.” Joshua 3:1-13. And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over ahead of the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went ahead of the people. Christ died one time, in one perfect sacrifice for all time. '” Then Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God.” Joshua said, “By this you shall know that the living God is among you, and that He will assuredly dispossess from before you the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Hivite, the Perizzite, the Girgashite, the Amorite, and the Jebusite. The Mercy Seat The men of Beth-shemesh recognized that no one could stand in the presence of the Lord. “Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over ahead of you into the Jordan. move. 12 Now therefore take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, from each tribe a man. At Joshua’s command, the priests took up the ark of the covenant and carried it to the front of the people (3:1-6). In Joshua 4, the twelve men selected in 3:12 will set up twelve stones to serve as a memorial the events of this day. He promised good to them and their children for generations if they obeyed Him and His laws, but He warned of discipline and dispersion if they were to disobey. 2. And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. 1) The priests were to carry the ark (Joshua 3:3). The ark moves at Joshua's command. 13 And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off … Just as Israel was called to keep their eyes on the Ark, the call for us is to keep our eyes on Jesus. The Ark of the Covenant was a sacred chest built by the Israelites, under exact specifications given to them by God. During the reign of Moses, the cloud was their guide, but now, in Joshua’s reign, the ark; both were visible signs of God’s presence and presidency, but divine grace under the Mosaic dispensation was wrapt up as in a cloud and covered with a veil, while by Christ, our Joshua, it is revealed in the ark of the covenant unveiled. Joshua said to them: “Go to the bed of the Jordan in front of the ark of the LORD, your God; lift to your shoulders one stone apiece, so that they will equal in number the tribes of the Israelites. Now the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you. Joshua led the Israelite in the destruction of Jericho. He arose early in the morning and went to the Jordan River to prepare the people to cross. Through Jesus’ blood, our sins have been covered over forever. Within this ark were to be placed the tables of the law which God was about to give to Moses. Upon the top of the ark, probably not as a lid but above the lid, was a golden plate upon which two cherubim, with raised wings and facing each other, covered the ark. (2.) Ark of the Covenant. Remedy is about loving Jesus and loving others. There is no detail about God that is not important, and there is no detail of instruction from God that is not significant. Exodus 25:8-22. Now the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you. After Sir Joshua Reynolds, West was the RA's second president. 8 When Joshua had spoken to the people, the seven priests carrying the seven trumpets before the Lord went forward, blowing their trumpets, and the ark of the Lord ’s covenant followed them. “You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you. The dimensions of the Ark were perfect, and God’s perfection was brought to life in the details of the tabernacle. Being in the presence of God is a holy thing. He leads us into His promises today, through the word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Ark was to be housed in the inner sanctum of the tabernacle in the desert and eventually in the Temple when it was built in Jerusalem. Today His presence dwells in us by the Holy Spirit. Jesus laid down His life for us as an innocent sacrifice so that God would look on us and see His perfection. 2) The people were to follow and stay at 1000 yards from the Ark (Joshua 3:4). “You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold, two and a half cubits long and one and a half cubits wide. They were there for three days before officers went through the camp and proclaimed it was time to cross. And that authority is compared directly to the authority Moses held before Israel. Inside the Ark of the Covenant were the two tablets of law, known as the Ten Commandments, which God gave to Moses, Aaron's rod which budded, and a jar of manna. What does this mean for us today? 9:4, "having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant." So they took Dagon and set him in his place again. Moreover, the movement of the ark as the leader of the people leads to a speech from the Lord to Joshua. Inside the tabernacle was a holy place and an inner sanctum, the Holy of Holies where God’s presence would dwell. The men of Beth-shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before the LORD, this holy God? But the mercy seat was only a foreshadow of Jesus Christ, who has become our permanent atonement cover. David knew he was not worthy to take the Ark – no one is worthy. The Ark of the Covenant (Ex 25:10-22). 6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. That is why there is a second component to the Ark, the lid or the mercy seat. When the Ark nearly fell off the cart, Uzzah reached out to take hold of it, yet God’s anger burned against him and God struck him down for his irreverence. 9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. But Dagon fell to his face on the ground before the Ark of the Lord. There were two reasons for this. giving orders to the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the … The movement of the ark will establish Joshua's authority before Israel. And to whom shall He go up from us?” So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kiriath- jearim, saying, “The Philistines have brought back the ark of the LORD; come down and take it up to you.” 1 Samuel 6:19-21. The Mercy Seat on the Ark was a symbolic foreshadowing of the ultimate sacrifice for all sin – the blood of Christ shed on the cross for the remission of sins. When the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is severe on us and on Dagon our god.” 1 Samuel 5:2-7. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. In Joshua 3:6, “Joshua said to the priests, ‘Take up the ark of the covenant and pass before the people.’” When the priests came to the Jordan, just as was commanded the waters were “completely cut off and the people passed over opposite Jericho” when the Ark neared. We follow Him as He leads: He led the children of Israel through the river Jordan, and they followed Him into His promises. The Ark of the Covenant was a gold-covered wooden chest with lid cover described in the Book of Exodus as containing the … God is our lamb and this is permanent: For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Sinful man cannot stand in the presence of a Holy God. As part of the sign of His covenant, God instructed the Israelites to build a sanctuary, a tabernacle, a tent, a place where He would dwell. The Ark was an important foreshadowing of Jesus Christ as the sole place of atonement for sins. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” It was believed this covenant brought about the construction of the Ark. We are right standing before God, and we have the right to be in His presence because Christ paid for our sin. Joshua 7-8. This was a lesson in obedience for Israel. The purpose of the Tabernacle was to house the Ark in which the tablets of the Ten Commandments were placed. For the Israelites, the Ark of the Covenant meant God’s presence. “You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. The term mercy seat comes from a Hebrew word meaning to cover, placate, appease, cleanse, cancel, or make atonement for. Joshua 3:3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. When Moses was leading Israel out of Egypt, God did not take them on the short route through the land of the Philistines, lest they see the giants and return to Egypt. Joshua told his priests to take up the Ark of the Covenant and let seven priests with trumpets march before the Ark around the city. “And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan.” King James Version (KJV) "Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not … As a result of Israel’s defeat at Ai, Joshua falls down before the ark in supplication to the Lord because of the sins of the people. So they took it up and went ahead of them. The ark of the covenant is carried around the city of Jericho. After the spies returned from their recon mission with Rahab the harlot, Joshua was emboldened by their words. When they set to conquer Canaan under the leadership of Joshua, they carried the Ark with them, and the Jordan River split allowing them to pass into the land of Canaan (Josh. The Philistines sent the ark out and ended up in Beth-shemesh: He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. God blessed the farmer and his entire household because of the Ark. In 2 Samuel, David was transporting the Ark on a new cart. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.” Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over ahead of the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went ahead of the people. “Now then, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man for each tribe. But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. “You shall, moreover, command the priests who are carrying the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan. In the Book of Joshua, we learn of the safety the Ark provided the Israelites as they passed over the Jordan into the Promised Land. God made a covenant (a conditional covenant) with the children of Israel through His servant, Moses. We come into His presence through Christ. Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people." “They shall construct an ark of acacia wood two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide, and one and a half cubits high. In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah of Judah ordered the caretakers of the Ark of the Covenant to return it to the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 35:1-6; cf. In 1400 B.C. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men, and the people mourned because the LORD had struck the people with a great slaughter. Hebrews 10:4, 10-14. They set Dagon in his place again, but again he fell to the ground and his head and hands were cut off. He is perfect and demands perfection. Our God is perfect, and there was only one way to build His tabernacle. For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. The Ark was a 2 ½ x 1½ cubit rectangular wooden chest with its lid being the Mercy Seat with the Cherubim of glory facing one another with wings outstretched. 8 And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan. “According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it. From the place between the two cherubim God promises to speak to Moses, as often as He shall give … 9 The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. “Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant” The Ark was brought by the Israelites throughout their travel in the desert and during wars. Moses instructed Bezalel and Oholiab to construct the Ark. This was the only place in the world where this atonement could take place. We exist to glorify Him through our gatherings and in our lives. Numbers 10:33 And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days' journey: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in the three days' journey, to search out a resting place for them. In Christ, we have been made saints. As we live life in response to His presence, God will do wonders among us. And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God. “You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony which I will give to you. Joshua 3 and 4 belong together. Now the hand of the LORD was heavy on the Ashdodites, and He ravaged them and smote them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territories. We do not follow God at a distance; Christ made a way on the cross for us to be in the very presence of God. Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 36:11, Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and he and all the sons of Israel set out from Shittim and came to the Jordan, and they lodged there before they crossed. When their sins were covered by blood, God temporarily overlooked their sins. “The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be removed from it. C.S. In the next few passages, we will see examples of when the Ark was approached incorrectly. 3) The priests were to step into the waters of the Jordan river before they were held back (Joshua 3:8). As the story goes on, David didn’t want to take the Ark either, so he left it behind with a farmer. The mercy seat was made to fit on top of the Ark, and also coated in gold. Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the Jordan's waters, go and stand in the river. We are now the tabernacle or dwelling place of God, and we are holy because Christ in us is holy. This veil was so heavy that it required 300 priests to move it. “You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark with them. The people gathered around David and danced and sang; they worshiped in the presence of the Lord. Jos) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. The Ark of the Covenant–also sometimes called the Ark of the Testimony or the Ark of God–is not, despite the prevalence of the perhaps more famous ark in the Bible, a boat. Then he said to the people, “Go forward, and march around the city, and let the armed men go on before the ark … Answer: What happened to the Ark of the Covenant is a question that has fascinated theologians, Bible students, and archeologists for centuries. It included a pledge by God that he would dwell among his people and give them guidance from the mercy seat on the top of the Ark. Joshua -- 'the LORD is salvation', Moses' successor, also the name of a number of Israelites, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular, Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural, Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct, A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural, OT History: Joshua 3:6 Joshua spoke to the priests saying Take (Josh. It should be noted that the comparison with Joshua told the people to set themselves apart and make themselves holy. “There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel. http://remedylodi.com/podcast-player/11097/joshua-ark-of-the-covenant.mp3. Moses was invited into the presence of God at the burning bush, but was instructed to remove his sandals before walking on holy ground. So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” read more. The blood was sprinkled between the judgment angels who were looking down and … The first battle after the crossing of the Jordan was the Battle of Jericho. Already in awe of the treasures he and his team had stumbled upon, there in front of him was something that resembled the Ark of the Covenant. Another reason for the Ark’s construction was political. Background God gave very specific instructions about the size and material of the tabernacle, and it was surrounded by a wall with only one way, one gate, by which to enter the courtyard. Presence of God is with us: God gave Israel the Ark in part to remind them of His presence. In the first passage, the Ark had been taken by the Philistines in battle: Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.