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Sanctuary : The Ark of the Covenant

The Ark of the Covenant was the central figure of the entire sanctuary. The broken law, on two tablets of stone inside the ark, was the only reason for all the sacrificial services.

The ark was contained in the Holy of Holies, Kodesh Hakodeem, an apartment of the tabernacle visited only once a year by the Hebrew High Priest. It was made of acacia wood overlaid with pure gold, inside and out. The lid of the ark contained the mercy-seat covered by two golden cherubim with their wings outstretched.

The ark of the covenant symbolizes the throne of God. God communed with His people from the cloud of glory which rested above the mercy-seat, between the cherubim. The mercy-seat represents the intercession of Messiah on behalf of sinful human beings who have broken God's moral law. The golden cherubim are representative of the covering cherubim that surround the throne of God in heaven.

The Holy of Holies, or Most Holy Place, was exposed when Messiah died "And behold the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom" (Matthew 27:51). After the death of Y'shua no curtain can come between a holy God and a sincere believer; Y'shua ushers us into the very presence of God. "Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Y'shua, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith" (Hebrews 10:19-22).

 

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