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Allusions to the Ark of the Covenant

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The Ark of the Covenant

"... And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them." These are God's words to Moses at the top of Mt. Sinai. The sanctuary that is built for God is the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark is considered to be one of the most powerful and sacred items in history. In order to know why it is considered this, you need to have some background information about the Ark. The Ark of the Covenant has an extensive history and is also alluded to in the song "Searching" by Deep Roll, in the painting Moses and the Ark of the Covenant by an unknown artist, and in the movie Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Following Israel's deliverance from slavery in Egypt, God instructed Moses at Mount Sinai to build a Tabernacle, a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus (www.dict.die.net/tabernacle, 1/12/07), for the Isrealites to worship God. The Ark contained three sacred items. It holds the two stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments, Aaron's rod that budded, and the golden pot of hidden manna (www.domini.org, 1/13/07). In the march from Mount Sinai, the Isrealites had to cross the Jordan River, and the river grew dry as soon as the feet of the preists carrying the Ark touched its waters; and remained so until the preists left the river, after the Isrealites had passed over it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ark_of_the_Covenant, 1/18/07). Then in a battle between the Isrealites and the Philistines, the Philistines stole the ark. The Philistines took the Ark to the city of Asdod, and quickly the entire city was struck with a plague. The Philistines moved the Ark to the city of Gath, and from there to Ekron, but whatever city the Ark was in, the townspeople were struck with plague. After serveral months, the Philistines had had enough and sent the Ark back to the Isrealites, and gave them expensive gifts too (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/ark.html, 1/18/07). Then the...