Answered by: BibleAsk Team


In the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” movie they were searching for the ark of the covenant. What is the ark of the covenant?

The ark of the covenant was the only piece of furniture in the most holy place (Exodus 25:10-22). It was a box or chest of acacia wood overlaid with gold. Standing atop the chest were two angels made of solid gold. Between these angels was the mercy seat (Exodus 25:17-22), where the supernatural presence of God dwelt. This symbolized God’s throne in heaven, which is likewise located between two angels (Psalms 80:1).

Inside the ark laid the Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 10:4, 5). God made a covenant (a conditional covenant) with the children of Israel “And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments” (Exodus 34:28). The Ten Commandments were the basis of the covenant. The agreement was made “concerning all these words of the law” (Exodus 24:8).

The Ten Commandments, which God wrote on tables of stone with His own finger, are His moral Law for us to obey (Revelation 14:12). But the mercy seat was above them, which signified that as long as God’s people confessed and forsook sin (Proverbs 28:13), mercy would be extended to them through the blood which was sprinkled on the mercy seat by the priest (Leviticus 16:15, 16). The blood of the animal represents Jesus’ blood that was shed for us to bring us forgiveness of sin (Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 9:22).

Some teach that the Ten Commandments were canceled in the NT. But Jesus answers, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law. … I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. … Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (Matthew 5:17, 18).

Jesus specifically asserted that He did not come to destroy the law, but to fulfill (or keep) it. Instead of doing away with the law, Jesus magnified it (Isaiah 42:21) as the perfect guide for right living. For example, Jesus pointed out that “thou shalt not kill” condemns anger “without a cause” (Matthew 5:21, 22) and hatred (1 John 3:15), and that lust is adultery (Matthew 5:27, 28). He says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

This post is also available in: हिन्दी (Hindi)

Categories Law

More Answers: