Originally scheduled for January 10
Ever since Indiana Jones got involved with it,
the Ark of the Covenant has been a familiar item to millions of
moviegoers. Just for reference, here is one artist’s interpretation
of what it looked like.
may add a little bit of detail to the picture here. The ark
contained the tablets on which Moses inscribed the 10 Commandments,
the rod of Aaron and a pot of manna — all items which could be used
as indictments against the people of Israel. The ark itself was so
sacred it was not to be touched by human hands; in at least one
instance the person who did touch it died instantly. Most
interesting of all is the top cover. This is called the Mercy Seat
and is also known as the Atonement Cover. It is the place where God
appeared to Moses and later the high priests.
cover itself had a number of interesting characteristics which point
The cover itself was made
from pure gold, symbolizing the eternal nature of God’s mercy. The
gold itself was contributed as part of a free will offering, not
taxation. It’s a sign that God’s mercy is free and cannot be bought.
The two angels you see on
the cover are cherubim. As cherubim do, they are worshiping God;
their wings also overshadow the cover. How often have you been told
to shelter in God’s wings which will overshadow you?
When the ark was
dedicated, it was dedicated and purified with blood — a forerunner
of the crucifixion, purifying us through the blood of Christ.
How often in the Old
Testament does the Scripture say that God is “enthroned between the
cherubim.” The mercy seat is the Old Testament version of the throne
the Ark of the Covenant was a visible sign to the people of Israel,
so Communion is a visible sign to the Christian. There are many
Communion is offered to us
freely by God, for the mercy of God is beyond price.
It is offered to us at the
price of the atonement, which could only have been paid by the
Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
Like the Ark, it is
sacred, for in this ceremony we handle the body and blood of Jesus
Christ, our Savior.
Therefore, prepare yourself for communion correctly. Examine
yourself; ask forgiveness wherein you have sinned and plan your
repentance. Then, with the reverence suited for the utterly holy,