joshua and the ark of the covenant

God gave very specific instructions about the size and material of the tabernacle, and it was surrounded by a wall with only one way, one gate, by which to enter the courtyard. God is Holy: He is our Father, our Abba, He is King, He is faithful and full of grace and mercy, but He is also a Holy God. Inside the Ark of the Covenant were the two tablets of law, known as the Ten Commandments, which God gave to Moses, Aaron's rod which budded, and a jar of manna. First, there were 1 million to 2.5 million people crossing the river, so they were to leave some distance so that they could see the Ark up ahead. Heb. They set Dagon in his place again, but again he fell to the ground and his head and hands were cut off. We do not follow God at a distance; Christ made a way on the cross for us to be in the very presence of God. According to the Book of Exodus, God instructed Moses on Mount Sinai during his 40-day stay upon the mountain where God was and he was shown the pattern for the tabernacle and furnishings of the Ark to be made of shittim wood to house the Tablets of Stone. 13 And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off … “According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it. “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them. What does this mean for us today? “They shall construct an ark of acacia wood two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide, and one and a half cubits high. Throughout the Old Testament, we see stories of how God provided safety and success using the symbol of the Ark. The Ark was to be housed in the inner sanctum of the tabernacle in the desert and eventually in the Temple when it was built in Jerusalem. The first battle after the crossing of the Jordan was the Battle of Jericho. Question: "What happened to the Ark of the Covenant?" Exodus 25:8-22. “You shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you. In the morning Joshua said to the priests, “Lift up the Ark of the Covenant and lead the people across the river.”. This was no ordinary box. Now the hand of the LORD was heavy on the Ashdodites, and He ravaged them and smote them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territories. “It shall come about when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan will be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down from above will stand in one heap.” Joshua 3:1-13. Moses instructed Bezalel and Oholiab to construct the Ark. The Ark of the Covenant was a gold-covered wooden chest with lid cover described in the Book of Exodus as containing the … Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET. Within this ark were to be placed the tables of the law which God was about to give to Moses. In Joshua 4, the twelve men selected in 3:12 will set up twelve stones to serve as a memorial the events of this day. The Ark of the Covenant was a sacred chest built by the Israelites, under exact specifications given to them by God. 12 Now therefore take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, from each tribe a man. After Sir Joshua Reynolds, West was the RA's second president. The Ark of the Covenant The Ark was a 2 ½ x 1½ cubit rectangular wooden chest with its lid being the Mercy Seat with the Cherubim of glory facing one another with wings outstretched. And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, “Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over ahead of the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went ahead of the people. The dimensions of the Ark were perfect, and God’s perfection was brought to life in the details of the tabernacle. The mercy seat was made to fit on top of the Ark, and also coated in gold. (15) Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Jesus laid down His life for us as an innocent sacrifice so that God would look on us and see His perfection. 9 The armed guard marched ahead of the priests who blew the trumpets, and the rear guard followed the ark. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people. There were two reasons for this. Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 36:11, Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and he and all the sons of Israel set out from Shittim and came to the Jordan, and they lodged there before they crossed. In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah of Judah ordered the caretakers of the Ark of the Covenant to return it to the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 35:1-6; cf. The Israelites believed … That is why there is a second component to the Ark, the lid or the mercy seat. Christ died one time, in one perfect sacrifice for all time. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. God blessed the farmer and his entire household because of the Ark. Through Jesus’ blood, our sins have been covered over forever. As the story goes on, David didn’t want to take the Ark either, so he left it behind with a farmer. According to Exodus 19:5-6 Yahweh made a covenant with the Israelites: “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men, and the people mourned because the LORD had struck the people with a great slaughter. Being in the presence of God is a holy thing. “You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark with them. Joshua said to the priests, "Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on ahead of the people." They were there for three days before officers went through the camp and proclaimed it was time to cross. Instead, God took them on the long route to the Red Sea, so they wouldn’t encounter the Philistines. God’s presence was with them, but not anyone could enter in. Joshua 3:11-17 English Standard Version (ESV) 11 Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth[ a] is passing over before you into the Jordan. But Dagon fell to his face on the ground before the Ark of the Lord. “Now then, take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man for each tribe. In 2 Samuel, David was transporting the Ark on a new cart. Presence of God is with us: God gave Israel the Ark in part to remind them of His presence. In Christ, we have been made saints. “Make one cherub at one end and one cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat at its two ends. The Philistines sent the ark out and ended up in Beth-shemesh: He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. During the reign of Moses, the cloud was their guide, but now, in Joshua’s reign, the ark; both were visible signs of God’s presence and presidency, but divine grace under the Mosaic dispensation was wrapt up as in a cloud and covered with a veil, while by Christ, our Joshua, it is revealed in the ark of the covenant unveiled. After the invasion and destruction of Ai, an altar was built to the Lord on Mount Ebal. The real significance of the Ark of the Covenant was what took place involving the lid of the box, known as the "Mercy Seat." These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” It was believed this covenant brought about the construction of the Ark. God designed the Ark to His specifications, both the material and size, and He also described the purpose of the Ark and how the Ark should be approached. We follow Him as He leads: He led the children of Israel through the river Jordan, and they followed Him into His promises. 9:4, "having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant." This was the only place in the world where this atonement could take place. And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. Joshua led the Israelite in the destruction of Jericho. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day. He promised good to them and their children for generations if they obeyed Him and His laws, but He warned of discipline and dispersion if they were to disobey. Joshua told the people to set themselves apart and make themselves holy. The people gathered around David and danced and sang; they worshiped in the presence of the Lord. These areas were separated by a thick veil separating sinful man from a holy God. 1) The priests were to carry the ark (Joshua 3:3). the Jordan river was witness to the might of the Ark of the Covenant. The ark of the covenant is carried around the city of Jericho. And to whom shall He go up from us?” So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kiriath- jearim, saying, “The Philistines have brought back the ark of the LORD; come down and take it up to you.” 1 Samuel 6:19-21. As a result of Israel’s defeat at Ai, Joshua falls down before the ark in supplication to the Lord because of the sins of the people. Now the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you. 6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. 2 Kings 23:21-23). The Ark was a box designed by God Himself, and would hold the 10 Commandments. In Deuteronomy the Ark is said to have been built specifically by Moses himself without reference of Bezalel or Oholiab. Background Ark of the Covenant. Joshua 3:8 Command the priests carrying the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the waters, stand in the Jordan.'". The purpose of the Tabernacle was to house the Ark in which the tablets of the Ten Commandments were placed. 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. In Exodus 25:10, Moses receives the command to build an ark of acacia wood. Today His presence dwells in us by the Holy Spirit. 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. We are now the tabernacle or dwelling place of God, and we are holy because Christ in us is holy. At the end of three days the officers went through the midst of the camp; and they commanded the people, saying, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it. This was a lesson in obedience for Israel. “You shall cast four gold rings for it and fasten them on its four feet, and two rings shall be on one side of it and two rings on the other side of it. http://remedylodi.com/podcast-player/11097/joshua-ark-of-the-covenant.mp3. Lewis called this the great exchange: Jesus took on our sin and shame, and gave us His righteousness. 9 And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. New Living Translation. They told the people to follow the Ark of the Covenant, but to stay back a distance of 2,000 cubits, or a 1,000 yards, the length of 10 football fields. giving orders to the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the … “However, there shall be between you and it a distance of about 2,000 cubits by measure. We come into His presence through Christ. As part of the sign of His covenant, God instructed the Israelites to build a sanctuary, a tabernacle, a tent, a place where He would dwell. "Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth"; so the ark is called in the Holy Scriptures (Joshua 3:11).This most holy object was made of acacia wood, completely covered with fine gold, and decorated with a golden wreath. At Joshua’s command, the priests took up the ark of the covenant and carried it to the front of the people (3:1-6). It was here that the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies once a year to make atonement for his sins and the sins of Israel (Leviticus 16). Already in awe of the treasures he and his team had stumbled upon, there in front of him was something that resembled the Ark of the Covenant. The blood was sprinkled between the judgment angels who were looking down and … Remedy is about loving Jesus and loving others. From the place between the two cherubim God promises to speak to Moses, as often as He shall give … C.S. “Behold, the ark of the covenant of the Lord of all the earth is crossing over ahead of you into the Jordan. Moreover, the movement of the ark as the leader of the people leads to a speech from the Lord to Joshua. In 1400 B.C. He arose early in the morning and went to the Jordan River to prepare the people to cross. The Ark of the Covenant (Ex 25:10-22). The Philistines took the Ark of God and set it up next to their god, Dagon. They did not honor or respect the God of Israel, and He made His presence known. But then something went wrong: But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. Joshua 3 and 4 belong together. Numbers 10:33 And they departed from the mount of the LORD three days' journey: and the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in the three days' journey, to search out a resting place for them. Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant by Benjamin West, 1800. Joshua 3:11 Context. Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: 'When you reach the edge of the Jordan's waters, go and stand in the river. In 1772, West was appointed offical history painter to the court and Surveyor of the King’s Pictures. It should be noted that the comparison with David knew he was not worthy to take the Ark – no one is worthy. He leads us into His promises today, through the word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. When Moses was leading Israel out of Egypt, God did not take them on the short route through the land of the Philistines, lest they see the giants and return to Egypt. So they took it up and went ahead of them. God is our lamb and this is permanent: For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…By this will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:4, 10-14. Joshua 7-8. “You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold. “Joshua passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant” The Ark was brought by the Israelites throughout their travel in the desert and during wars. Inside the tabernacle was a holy place and an inner sanctum, the Holy of Holies where God’s presence would dwell. Joshua said to them: “Go to the bed of the Jordan in front of the ark of the LORD, your God; lift to your shoulders one stone apiece, so that they will equal in number the tribes of the Israelites. Our God is perfect, and there was only one way to build His tabernacle. When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. We exist to glorify Him through our gatherings and in our lives. The Mercy Seat And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God. The Ark was designed to communicate the need for absolute obedience to a holy God. God is God of Gods, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords…you simply cannot put Him next to any other god. The movement will exalt Joshua before Israel. In the next few passages, we will see examples of when the Ark was approached incorrectly. 2 Samuel 6:6-7. God designed the Ark as place for His presence to dwell. This chest is known as the Ark of the Covenant. Sinai, the people were not to come close to the mount. God will always lead us, and Christ is our strength, even in the struggle. When John saw Jesus, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!” (John 1:29). Now the LORD said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you. “You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and out you shall overlay it, and you shall make a gold molding around it. Joshua 3:3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. “There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat…” (Exodus 25:22). Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water's edge, (16) the water from upstream stopped flowing. Moses was invited into the presence of God at the burning bush, but was instructed to remove his sandals before walking on holy ground. The priest sprinkled the blood of a sacrificed animal onto the Mercy Seat to appease the wrath and anger of God for past sins committed. After the spies returned from their recon mission with Rahab the harlot, Joshua was emboldened by their words. When your children ask you what these stones mean to … “You shall, moreover, command the priests who are carrying the ark of the covenant, saying, ‘When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan. For the Israelites, the Ark of the Covenant meant God’s presence. As the Online Etymology Dictionary explains, the word "ark" comes from the Latin word arca, meaning "big box. "Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not … But the mercy seat was only a foreshadow of Jesus Christ, who has become our permanent atonement cover. God made a covenant (a conditional covenant) with the children of Israel through His servant, Moses. Joshua 3:14-16 So when the people broke camp to cross the Jordan, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant went ahead of them. Jos) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools. The movement of the ark will establish Joshua's authority before Israel. Second, the Ark represented the presence of God – in fact, the Ark was the presence of God in their midst. This was the same veil that was torn at the crucifixion of Christ, and inside the Holy of Holies was where the Ark would be found. 6 In the future, these are to be a sign among you. (2.) Just as Israel was called to keep their eyes on the Ark, the call for us is to keep our eyes on Jesus. Only once a year, the high priest would enter in to the Holy of Holies to offer a sacrifice for himself and Israel. '". God has always expected man to demonstrate faith in Him. In the first passage, the Ark had been taken by the Philistines in battle: Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. Joshua -- 'the LORD is salvation', Moses' successor, also the name of a number of Israelites, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular, Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural, Preposition-l | Noun - common plural construct, A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock, Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural, OT History: Joshua 3:6 Joshua spoke to the priests saying Take (Josh. The Israelites believed in God’s Word. The Ark of the Covenant was a gold-covered wooden chest described in the Bible's Book of Exodus as … “There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel. There is no detail about God that is not important, and there is no detail of instruction from God that is not significant. When their sins were covered by blood, God temporarily overlooked their sins. “You shall make two cherubim of gold, make them of hammered work at the two ends of the mercy seat. Another reason for the Ark’s construction was political. The Hebrew aron, by which the Ark of the Covenant is expressed, does not call to the mind, as that used for Noah's Ark, a large construction, but rather a chest.This word is generally determined in the sacred text; so we read of the Ark of the Testimony (Exodus 25:16, 22; 26:33, etc. So Joshua the son of Nun called the priests and said to them, “Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests carry seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the Lord.” read more. When the Ark nearly fell off the cart, Uzzah reached out to take hold of it, yet God’s anger burned against him and God struck him down for his irreverence. When the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is severe on us and on Dagon our god.” 1 Samuel 5:2-7. The Ark of the Covenant–also sometimes called the Ark of the Testimony or the Ark of God–is not, despite the prevalence of the perhaps more famous ark in the Bible, a boat. 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