The Ark of the Covenant

Ceremony of the Entrance of the Ark


 

A great moment of respect and excitement will take place at the Cathedral of Faith on Sunday, October the 7th at 10:00 am.
Witness the entrance to the replica of the Ark of the Covenant, representing the Presence of God, to enter The Universal Church.

Date: Sunday, October 7th at 10 am
Address: The Universal Church
5313 Martin Luther King BLVD, HOUSTON, TX 77021

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What is the Ark?

The ark of the covenant was a sacred chest made by the ancient Israelites according to the command and design of God. It housed and protected “the Testimony,” the Ten Commandments written on two stone tablets.—Exodus 25:8-10, 16; 31:18.

Construction Experts estimate that the total weight of the Ark was about 565 lbs! The Ark was built of acacia wood and was overlaid inside and out with gold, with an artistic border. Its cover, made of solid gold, featured two golden cherubs, one at each end. They faced each other with their faces toward the cover and their wings extending upward, overshadowing the cover. The cherubim, symbols of God’s divine presence and power. The whole structure was beaten out of one piece of pure gold. It was His throne, flanked by angels. The Ark had four rings of cast gold above its feet. Acacia-wood poles overlaid with gold were put through the rings and were used for carrying the Ark.
—Exodus 25:10-21; 37:6-9.

Location The Ark was initially kept in the Most Holy compartment of the tabernacle, a transportable tent of worship that was made at the same time as the Ark. The Most Holy was screened off from the view of the priests and the people. (Exodus 40:3, 21) Only the high priest could enter this compartment, one day each year on Atonement Day, and see the Ark. (Leviticus 16:2; Hebrews 9:7) Later, the Ark was moved to the Most Holy in Solomon’s temple.
—1 Kings 6:14, 19.

Transport When the ark was taken down as the Israelites moved from place to place, The Ark was to be carried by the Levites on their shoulders by means of the acacia-wood poles. The poles remained attached to the Ark at all times, so the Levites never had to touch the Ark. “The screening curtain” that separated the Holy and the Most Holy was used to cover the Ark while it was being carried.
—Numbers 4:5, 6.

Only the high priests could see the ark, God spoke to the high priests between the cherubims, to give direction to His people. When Jesus tied the curtain that separated the Holy place from the other places in the temple, for that reason everyone had free access to the presence of God.

The meaning behind the contents of the ark

A pot of Manna and Aaron's rod

Inside the Ark was a pot of Manna from when Israel was in the wilderness to remind them of God’s love, provision and care; and the rod of Aaron to symbolize God’s given leadership and priesthood.
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“Mercy Seat”

The ark was designed to be a symbol of the presence of God in the midst of His people is the common teaching of the Old Testament. This place on the lid was also referred to as the “Mercy Seat”, that covered the ark was God's throne.
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The tables of law
Moses received the command to build an ark of acacia wood. 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. From the place between the two cherubim God promises to speak to Moses, as often as He shall give him commands in reference to the Israelites. 

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