The Ark of Covenant and of Jesus Christ 2

Posted: 16 December, 2009 in Ponderings
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This is a continuation from The Ark of Covenant and of Jesus Christ 1. In Part 1, we see the importance of the Ark of Convenant to the Israelite nation of the Old Testament. Now, more importantly, how would the Ark be applicable to modern day – new convenant believers?

Well, call it a signficant foreshadow.

Aomori, Japan

This is because Jesus Christ, the conerstone of the New Testament, is the very fullfillment of the Ark of the Old! To phase it in another way, the Ark of Covernant and even the three objects within the Ark, literary points to Jesus Christ and His fulfillment to God’s purpose.

We remember from Part 1 that the mercy seat covered the ark which contained the three emblems of man’s rebellion: the golden pot of manna — man’s rebellion against God’s provision, Numbers 11; two tablets of stone on which God wrote the Ten Commandments — man’s rebellion against God’s standard and laws, Exodus 32; and Aaron’s rod — man’s rebellion against God’s authority and His chosen priesthood, Numbers 17.

These three articles were preserved in the Ark throughout Israel’s history as an unpleasant symbol of man’s sins, a reminder of how they rejected God’s provision, right standard of living and authority; a pointy indication of man’s helpless sinfulness. It may have been unthinkable knowing God’s presence and splendor was so close to the three articles associated with man’s rebellion, but this is where God’s wisdom comes in; our weakness is His strength. The three items in the Ark that served as a sore reminder of man’s shortcomings have taken on a different meaning since Jesus’ ministry. Let’s review the three articles and see how they point to Christ.

The pot of manna: When Jesus came and walked on earth, he did not reject God’s provision like the Israelites did in the desert. Rather, He became God’s actual provision to us. Manna, the bread from heaven, a foretelling of the true bread from heaven.     Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again.     Yes, I am the bread of life! Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.” John 6:35, 48-51

The Ten Commandments: Jesus didn’t reject God’s right standard of living. He lived a sinless life and obeyed God’s law perfectly, becoming our perfect sacrifice and intercessor. His sacrifice instituted a new covenant that was not based on the Law but a fulfillment of it.     For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are. But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.   Romans 3:20-22

Aaron’s budding staff: Jesus didn’t reject God’s authority. Instead, He submitted Himself to the Father’s will and died on the cross.     For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.   John 6:38

A dead wooden staff that was budding and flowering can only speaks of the resurrection and blossoming of life.   Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.    John 11:25-26

The Ark of Covenant and of Jesus Christ 2, Henley Jetty

In ancient times, the Israelites found acceptance with God that when their sins were covered by blood of animals, God overlooked their sins as it they had been obliterated temporarily. But what they don’t know is that  Jesus Christ has become our permanent atonement cover in present day. Through Jesus’ blood, our sins have been covered over once and for all. When God looks at us, He doesn’t see our sin, but the provision: His own Son. Jesus lay down His life for us as an innocent sacrifice so that God would look on us and see His perfection.

The Ark of the Covenant was where Gods justice and judgement toward sin was satisfied in ancient times, but since Calvery, Gods justice and judgement toward sin was satisfied on JESUS, God’s very own Son! Only He can fully obey and fulfill the of the Law written on stone, where man has failed. Only He can provide the Bread of Life, where man needs. Only He can be the Royal High Priest, that ushes us into the holy presence of the Father. The blood pour on the Ark is not the blood of bulls and goats, but the precious blood of His very Son!

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  1. Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2. Blanche Christ

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