Where is the ark of the covenant today?
..In those days, declares the LORD, they shall no more say, “The ark of the covenant of the LORD.” It shall not come to mind or be remembered or missed…(Jer. 3:16 ESV).
Where is the Ark of the Covenant located today? Well, it is lost. Theologians, archeologists, and historians are working very hard to tells us exactly where the ark might be found. However, if we understand that the Ark of the Covenant is only symbolic, then the most important question becomes: What is the Ark of the Covenant symbolizing today?
Interestingly, Jeremiah prophesied about these days. He said the days will come when people will no longer miss the Ark of the Covenant, because no one will care about what it symbolizes! The Ark of the Covenant no doubt was a picture of Christ carrying the fullness of God’s presence in His spirit as God’s living Tabernacle amongst men.
Even more importantly, Jesus is no longer physically here on the earth. His Body, the Church, and every believer, are the Tabernacles in which God presently dwells. God’s Spirit, the very Presence of God in all His fullness, is dwelling in your spirit right now. This is what the Ark of the Covenant symbolizes. Your heart is the fulfillment of the Ark of the Covenant! Where is the Ark of the Covenant today? Look inside the heart of every believer!
Ponder upon the truth above. Think about what Christ has made of you. Declare that “My body is the Tabernacle of God”.
APPLY THE WORD
The way you treat your heart and your body will change when this truth is revealed to you. Holiness and righteousness in your daily life will be struggle-free. You will no longer be tossed around as the waves of life crash around you. You will be anchored with a peace that only comes from the Ark of the Covenant in you!
What else can you ask for? Why don’t you thank the Lord for His wonderful grace showed upon us in Christ Jesus.
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“…the Ark of the Covenant is only symbolic.”
Do you believe that? Then is the rest of the bible ‘only symbolic’?
Hello Joe, thanks for reaching out with those questions. Yes, I absolutely believe that.
Is the rest of the bible “only symbolic”? Absolutely not. That is not what this devotional says neither implies. Its message is simple: the Ark of the Covenant in the Tabernacle was symbolic of God’s dwelling place amongst His people. The Tabernacle with all its components and rituals ARE SYMBOLIC OF JESUS , His Church and the real Tabernacle in heaven.
There are things in the Bible that are symbolic and those be taken as symbolic. There are others that are literal and should be taken as literal. As one Theologian( Bullinger) rightly says, one of the biggest errors in Bible study is taking what is symbolic literally and taking what is literal symbolic. There is both in the scripture and it is our responsibility as students of the Word to rightly divide which is which.
The Book of Hebrews is an excellent piece that explains the symbolic meanings of the Tabernacle for the believer in Christ today.
For example, Heb 10:1 talks of the shadow of things in the Law( symbolic) versus the real things( in Christ)
“For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near.” (Hebrews 10:1, ESV)
And 6 verses later, Paul quotes Jesus prophetically speaking and saying:
“Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’ ”” (Hebrews 10:7, ESV)
The volumes of the book are all about Him.
The overarching message of the New Testament is that the believer in Christ and the Body of Christ in general has become the TEMPLE OF GOD, where He dwells by His Holy Spirit. It is a critical message to ensure you fully understand and live it practically beyond mere doctrine.
Amen, thank you for the feedback!