“I am the way, truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”
Have you ever heard of the Ark of the Covenant? It was a special object that God had his people, the Jews create. It looked very much like a coffin, covered with gold, and had two angels with outstretched arms on top. It was an impressive object and some say a powerful reminder of God’s glory in a fallen world.
That is the outside, but what I found really fascinating was what was hidden on the inside.
There were three objects that appeared very simple, just like this box, yet they carry a weight that really can’t be measured in a quick glance.
- A jar of manna.
- The Ten Commandments written on two stone tablets.
- Aaron’s staff made of almond wood that budded.
If you take a little journey of discovery with me, I think you will appreciate what kind of gift God gave us through the ark.
The jar of manna was a miracle. This was the food that God provided for his people for 40 years until they entered the Promised Land. It represented God’s promises in the past, but He knew the physical needs of His people daily. Man won’t live by bread alone, but by the Word of the Lord. He was the way they needed as they walked through the wilderness of life.
The Ten Commandments never go out of style. These are God’s rules for living in the present. These laws give the truth that man needs God to live life as it should be.
Aaron’s budding staff is a promise that God will always be with His people, even in times of doubt. When troubles come in the future the almond tree represents the last crop to blossom. He will always be the life that man needs right down to the end.
In that golden bow, I see the Trinity. I see Jesus as the way, the truth and the life. The ark itself, the temple, with all of it’s details and the High Priest who stood in the gap for mankind, all point to the person of Jesus Christ. Talk about putting God in a box, where man could find him. If we take time to open our life up to Christ, we will see a personal, touchable, and relatable God who is concerned about each one of our lives.