Ark of the Covenant

February 21, 2009

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever.” – Isaiah 40:8

The best of the Indiana Jones movies was the first one – “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Indy, played by Harrison Ford, is an archeologist who follows the trails and clues allowing him to snatch the Ark of the Covenant from the hands of – are you ready for this? – Nazis! The movies closes with a plain box containing the Ark being stacked among thousands of other anonymous boxes in a giant government warehouse, presumably to be lost for a few thousand more years.

Except for the snakes – and I do hate snakes – this was a great movie. Unfortunately, its premise is all Hollywood. The Ark of the Covenant is not lost; it was destroyed thousands of years ago. The Jewish temple that held the ark was destroyed twice. Nebuchadnezzar, the great leader of Babylon, in 586 BC. Then, in 70 AD, the Romans obliterated the temple one more time, so it is really just dust now.

So, if the Ark represented the presence of God to the people of Israel, why would God let it be destroyed? Perhaps God allowed this because He knew that if we had it with the two tablets of the 10 Commandments inside, we might make it a shrine and worship it. But, mainly, God allowed it, because since Jesus died and rose again, we can have the presence of God within us at all times when we trust Christ as Savior and Lord. That presence is called the Holy Spirit.

Finding Jesus is a whole lot better than finding a lost ark.