02 Mar Christ as the Ark (Part 2)
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) By Tunde Olugboji Vol 20:07
This week, we’ll continue our exploration of matters related to the Ark of the Covenant, as we take a historical tour of how the Ark fell into the hands of the Philistines and its journey back to Israel.
After Moses built the Ark, the Israelites carried it during their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and whenever they camped, the Ark was positioned in a different room inside a sacred pavilion, known as the Tabernacle.
Under Joshua’s leadership, on the way to the Promised Land, when they got to the banks of the Jordan river, the Ark was carried in front of the procession, and as they crossed the river, it became dry as soon as the feet of the priests carrying the Ark touched the waters and remained so until the priests left the river with the Ark after the people had crossed over.
In the Battle of Jericho, the Ark was carried round the city once a day for 6 days (Joshua 6). On the 7th day, the 7 priests sounding the 7 trumpets of rams’ horns before the Ark went round the city 7 times, and with a great shout, the wall of Jericho fell, and the people captured the city.
A few years later the elders of Israel decided to take the Ark out onto the battleground to assist them against the Philistines, after being defeated at the battle of Ebenezer. They were heavily defeated, and the Ark was seized by the Philistines (1 Sam 4:11). Priest Eli fell dead when he heard the news; his daughter-in-law, bearing a son at the time the news of the capture of the Ark was received, named him Ichabod on her death-bed to indicate that the “glory (had) departed from Israel” (1 Sam 4:19).
The Philistines took the Ark to several places in their country, and at each place misfortune befell them. At Ashdod it was placed in the temple of Dagon. The following day Dagon was found flat, bowed down, before it; and on being restored to his place, the following morning again he was found prostrate and broken. In addition, the people of Ashdod were smitten with tumors; a plague of mice was sent over the land (1 Sam 6:5), a clear illustration that Dagon was a powerless and ineffectual god compared to the living God, symbolized by the Ark.
After the Ark had been with them for 7 months, the Philistines returned it to the Israelites, and it was set up in the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite. (1 Sam 6). Out of curiosity the men of Beth-shemesh gazed at the Ark; and as a punishment, 5,070 people were struck by the Lord (1 Sam 6:19). Under King Saul, the people were not accustomed to consulting the Ark (1 Chro 13:3).
The question for you this week is: are you accustomed to consulting Jesus, our Ark today, when taking decisions or seeking direction? Ask the Lord to help you to put him front and center of everything you do, as you take some critical decisions this week.
Have a great week.