The Ark of Testimony

And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.
Exodus 25:10‭, ‬16 KJV

We are now entering into the depths of patterns in worship. Here is first mentioned, the most important article of worship: the ark. It has various designations through the scriptures: the ark of the covenant, the ark of God, the holy ark, the ark of the Lord, the ark of His strength or the ark of testimony. This was to be made of Shittim wood. John Gill describes that wood as being a type of Christ. This hard wood does not corrupt, nor does it rot. Isn’t that an indication of Christ very nature in the life of a Christian?
The ark was was measured in cubits. If the common cubit is about eighteen inches, then we can surmise the ark to have been a box about 3 feet, 9 inches by 2 feet, 3 inches in width and about 3 feet, 3 inches in depth. It was to be gilded with gold, and a moulded edge of gold around it to hold the mercy seat. Now pause and think about that. Isn’t that what we are as Christians? We are the carriers of the testimony now. The covenant dwells within us. We are mere mortals covered with the gold of God’s grace. Rings were placed outside the box, for no one may touch the ark( 2Sam.6:-7). One of its most important content was the covenant, the word God gave them. Even after the ark was ransacked years later, the word of God remained as its eternal content. We are about to enter into depths of God. If all things are stripped of you now, what thing of value will you have left? I pray it is the word of God, His covenant and testimony with you.

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