Child of God – Ark of the New Covenant (A Saturday Special)

Last week we were praying, and this story came into my spirit. I would love to share a couple of insights that we prayed through that evening.

A late 19th-century artist's conception of the...
A late 19th-century artist's conception of the Ark of the Covenant, employing a Renaissance cassone for the Ark and cherubim as latter-day Christian angels. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name, the very name of the LORD of hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim. And they placed the ark of God on a new cart that they might bring it from the house of Abinadab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new cart. So they brought it with the ark of God from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Ahio was walking ahead of the ark. Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the LORD with all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals.

Uzzah Reaches for the Ark Photo Credit: J. James Tissot

But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God. And David became angry because of the LORD’S outburst against Uzzah, and that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day. (2 Samuel 6:1-8 NASB)

I have always looked at this story as a pretty negative situation in the life of Israel, but this day I saw something brand new (to me) and very exciting.

What caught my eye a few days earlier was this name “Perez-uzzah.” Perez means to break-out or break-through, and of course in context the break-out or break-through meant the death of Uzzah, but when I started thinking about the imagery of the Old Testament, what was the Ark of the Covenant? It was something that contained the presence of the Lord of Hosts.

So what contains the presence of the Lord of Hosts today? Believers! Every blood bought child of God is an Ark of the New Covenant.

As we pressed into this image we saw a few things.

What did the Ark contain, in addition to the presence of the Lord?

There were the Stones written by the very hand of God with His law. Check this out in Ezekiel 36:26

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. (NASB)

And in Jeremiah 31:33 He says:

But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. (NASB)

We are the Ark of the New Covenant.

Next it contained some of the Manna – the daily bread – the provision from above.

Next it contained Aaron’s rod that budded. This is the staff of deliverance from our Egyptian captors.

There is way too much to dig into in a short post, but I wanted to share this insight with you, and you can mull over the other parallels.

But here is the big thing. Break-through came when Uzzah reached his hand out and touched the Lord’s Ark. God broke through – broke out of the ark to protect His dwelling place.

As we were praying that day, I saw how our enemy the devil had reached his hand out against my sister, the ark of the Lord, and how my Father would break-through to save, heal, deliver, just as He has done so many times before. [Tweet This]

Today – I want you to hear that if you are a daughter or son of the King of Kings, you are the Ark of the New Covenant, and God is jealous for your safety and protection. Today He will come to your defense. You are the apple of His eye.

Breakthrough is coming!

Thanks for reading today.

Ben

0 thoughts on “Child of God – Ark of the New Covenant (A Saturday Special)

  1. Janet Imerito Stadtmueller

    Interesting perspective -- food for thought.

    I've always thought this passage was negative also. Can you shed any light on why God judged Uzzah so harshly. He " reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it." It seems like a natural reaction to me to want to prevent the Ark from falling. In the moment, was he suppose to have realized that God could and would take care of it Himself?

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    1. Ben Nelson

      Hey Janet. Good question. I think the fault was actually with David in not giving good instructions on the honor due a holy God to those involved. David does this again after years, but the next time he studies how it is supposed to be done, and get's it right.
      Bad deal for Uzzah, but the Ark had very strick rules, and Uzzah, with good intentions breached those rules.
      There are lots of folks out there today, with the best of intentions, who are still wrong, and will sadly face dire consequences like Uzzah, also in ignorance.
      Good reason for us to share!
      Thanks for reading, and for taking the time to comment.

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  2. Japsie Biongan

    I agree,the Ark of Covenant is Holy,I have no comment on it.I cant comprehend the mind of God .He designed me to worship Him and give Him glory all the days of my life.

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