ANCIENT HISTORYThe Mystery of the Ark of the covenantIvan

The Ark of the Covenant is the ornate, gilded case believed to have been built around three thousand years ago by the Isralelites to carry the stone tablets of the ten commandments.

According to the Book of Exodus, after the Israelites were released from Egypt, God summoned Moses to the peak of the holy mountain giving him two stone tablets that were carved with the ten commandments, God also provided Moses with exact instructions to build the Ark of the Covenant.

The Ark of the covenant did not only carry the ten commandments of god, but it was said to be the throne of God himself, wherever the Ark of the covenant went, God was present. According to the Book of Exodus; the dimensions and characteristics of the Ark of the Covenant are: 2½ cubits in length, 1½ in breadth, and 1½ in height which is approximately 131×79×79 cm or 52×31×31 in.

The entire Ark was plated with gold, and a crown of gold was put around it. Four rings of gold were attached to its four feet, two on each side and through these rings staves of shittim-wood plated with gold were placed to carry the Ark. these were never to be removed. A golden cover was placed above the ark; also called kapporet. After this mysterious Ark was built, and the ten commandments placed into it with Aaron’s rod, a jar of manna and Torahs scroll, the Israelites carried it with them during their forty year trip across the desert.

The ark of the covenant was very powerful, but it was not allowed to be touched and only priests could carry it. Those who carried the Ark, could not see what they were carrying as it was covered and hidden from sight. It was considered as a type of bodyguard for the people who carried it, protecting and providing for them in their journey.

The Ark of the covenant was also a very dangerous relic, even though it could sustain life, it could also destroy.

In 1400 B.C. the Jordan river was witness to the might of the Ark of the Covenant. 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. Today when we think about the description we wonder is that really possible? A religious relic leading a nation and performing miracles on the way.