What’s in the ark…

Yesterday a friend came by – she is the girl that goes to the pentecostal hispanic church in Orange County – Obra de Orange  (you can watch videos on line of them – they broadcast!) Anyhow she tried to invite me yesterday to go to church with her…but honestly I never want to go on a 4 hour freeway trip to listen to people scream in a language I don’t understand very well..and ya know other reasons.
I asked her today about the message she heard – she told me it was about the daily bread we request when praying the Lord’s Prayer. What is the true bread from heaven? They discussed how there were three types of bread from heaven – the manna that was only good for 24 hours – the manna that was good for 48 hours and the manna that is good forever in the jar and put in the ark of the covenant. Ok, so far so good.

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And then she was talking about the table of showbread …and we got on a little rabbit trail. Because the table of show bread is in the Holy Place – right? Twelve loaves sitting on a table next to the north wall.  Across from the Seven branched lampstand on the South wall. And the alter of incense which is the prayers going up. But eventually we got to talking about the idea that since we currently have NO tabernacle the people ARE the tabernacle. And how originally only the Aaronic priests were allowed to touch this stuff. 
I have been thinking about the theory that the ark of the covenant is symbolic of the heart of believers – so you have the eternal bread of heaven that never spoils and the Torah on your heart and then there is the rod of Aaron and we were wondering a bit about that – why Aaron? I know it says Moses and Aaron were brothers – but I was thinking today – maybe Aaron was just a guy from the same tribe and family is considered brothers even if you don’t have the same parents.
And after Aaron we have I Peter 2:9 telling us : you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession. Of course we know there is only one priesthood which can also be Royal the order of Melchizedek – we have Melech –  which is the KING and Tzadik which is One who is Righteous. And of course that predates anything the Levites had going on.
Since the Levites were blessed by Melchizedek while Levi was yet in the loins of Abraham..
I wonder how that holds with the rod of Aaron being part of the three items in the Ark…
Does it represent the priesthood on earth until the time of Messiah?
I know this is a bit rambly but I wanted to get it out there so I had some feedback to consider – if I sound like an idiot, blame it on the heatstroke (96° at 7 am today – gotta get out to milk pronto…)

6 thoughts on “What’s in the ark…

  1. cagey

    The text gives little clarification on the point of Aaron’s blood (or not) relationship with Moses. There are a couple of conflicts of wording but they are not too weird. The genealogy of the two (as well as Miriam) are fairly worked out if we take it to be true. Aaron was the older brother in one passage and merely ”Levite brother” in another. This is the same reference even in the Arabic texts. Aaron was chosen to be very special by the Lord (sometimes used even moreso than Moses), the why is not revealed. I can’t answer the rest of the question though, because I’m not sure how I feel about *we* being a ‘living’ form of tabernacle. We surely cannot be comparable to a place that was the source of all holy and pure. Even if we are awash in the blood of the Lamb and follow Torah we still cannot attain purity. The rod of Aaron was the source of a great deal of miracle, power, and destruction/death.. but we do not have the ark (or the objects) within it either, any more than we do the tabernacle anymore. The sacrafice and the tabernacle was supposedly not needed, due to Yeshua’s sacrifice.

    1. gmaali Post author

      112° out my east window now…hello 9 am!
      the idea about the tabernacle not being needed…I dunno about that – it is a shadow of heavenly eternal things -The alter of incense is the prayers of the saints, the lamp is the light that shines before others. Outside you have the altar of sacrifice and the bronze basin…I have heard people teach that the outer courts are your interactions with the world – the front porch of your home so to speak – forgiving others, putting yourself last, acts of service…the holy place (in your spiritual house) that is where you take care of housekeeping. The continuous prayers, renewing your mind, worship, trimming the wicks to keep the lamp bright. Your spiritual family lives here. The people who sharpen you and encourage you and bless you and love you are in your spiritual house with you. And the Holy of Holies is the bridal chamber – bedroom – that is your heart – that is your intimate relationship with the Almighty, Where he writes his words on your heart and feeds your soul and you can rest and let down your defences unafraid and secure.
      I can’t say if it is 100% accurate or not…but I believe there is no word that is void…we just need to meditate on how to apply it in the here and now.

  2. fiberaddict

    I commented earlier, but I guess it got eaten. :sigh: I’ll try to recreate it.
    I was taught in church that the manna mentioned outside of Exodus was Spiritual knowledge….I never even considered the real stuff! :doh:
    The NT says we are the Temple, so it sorta makes senses like your explanation…I need to think in this a bit.

  3. annamatrix

    The first question is… what is in the ark?

    According to some traditional interpretations of the Book of Exodus, Book of Numbers, and the Letter to the Hebrews, the Ark also contained Aaron’s rod, a jar of manna, and the first Torah scroll as written by Moses; however, the first of the Books of Kings says that at the time of King Solomon, the Ark contained only the two Tablets of the Law. A late 2nd century rabbinic work known as the Tosefta [says] that during the reign of Josiah the king of Judah he stored away the Ark, along with the jar of manna, and a jar containing the holy anointing oil, the rod of Aaron which budded and a chest given to Israel by the Philistines. So what I’m seeing is that originally, it was built to house the Torah, but after the division of Israel, the manna and rod (and possibly a jar of oil and a chest of some sort) were added to it. On the other hand, it says Josiah had those things ‘along with it’… it doesn’t mean they were all added. Then again, maybe Paul was only giving the items pertinent to the context of Hebrews 9. I don’t know – haven’t gotten there, yet!

    1 – Torah
    2 – Manna
    3 – Rod
    4 – (Oil)
    5 – (Chest)

    My gut? Says that the oil and chest didn’t make it in. Remember in 2011 when a still-sealed jar of oil was found in Israel, and it was a HUGE thing, because it was found on Chanukkah… the day of the burning oil in the lamp? What if that is some prophetic fulfillment of the oil… and there’s a fulfillment of a chest yet to come? It’d be kewl…

    On the other hand, if the oil and the chest DID make it in (and who’s to say they aren’t in there?)… then that would change things for your hypothesis, wouldn’t it?

    But of the three things, I think rather they would be Father (Torah), Son (I am the Bread of Life), and Spirit (Rod of miracles)… indwelling the Holy of Holies within us. Just an idea.

    OR… what if the five made it in… would it be More Four? Torah (Soul/Spiritual), Manna (Strength/Physical), Oil (Mind/Intellectual), and Rod (Heart/Relational)… all set into a chest (representing the person)? Or would it fit better this verse: “For you are a chosen generation (Torah), a royal priesthood (Rod) a holy nation (Manna) a peculiar people (chest) who hath shown forth the GLORY of Him who has called you out of DARKNESS TO LIGHT (oil)”.

    Just some thoughts.

    1. gmaali Post author

      I did not think the philistines golden chest was put *into* the ark. But the other four make sense. I am not sure on the oil 100% I would be willing to go with Father (Torah) Son (manna) and Spirit (rod of power) – that makes decent sense


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