of the Covenant
box which held the tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.
The Ark of the Covenant
While at Mount Sinai
Moses was given instructions for
building the Ark of the Covenant. The top of the ark was the mercy seat
before which the high priest sprinkled blood on the day
of Atonement. Two cherubim adorned the top of the ark. It was housed
in the inner sanctuary of the tabernacle. The people carried the ark with
them during the wilderness wanderings. Eventually it was brought into
the land of Canaan where it rested at Shiloh for a time.
The ark was carried into battle by the Israelites. The Philistines
captured it, but when a plague broke out in their camp, they sent it back
by ox cart to the Israelites. David brought the ark to Jerusalem and Solomon eventually placed it
in the Temple he built. The ark was apparently destroyed when the Babylonians
destroyed the Temple in 587 BC.
25:10-22 - Description of the ark
1 Sam 4-6 -
Philistines capture the ark
2 Sam 6 - David
brings the ark to Jerusalem
2 Kgs 8:4 -
Ark placed in Solomon's Temple
Illustration by Shari Albers.