THE ARK ITSELF = CHRIST HIMSELF (His own Heart), Ex. 37:1-5;
25:10; Heb. 10:5-7; Jn. 10:18 6:57a).
It measured 2 1/2 cubits long, by 1 1/2 cubits wide, and 1 1/2 cubits high (that is about 4 ft. long, by 3 ft. wide, and 3 ft. high). It was of shittim wood (human) overlaid with gold (divine), picturing the hypostatic union of our Lord's human and divine natures.
Inside the Ark was:
1. The Law = Christ hid the Law in His heart and ever kept it
2. The Manna = He is the Bread of Life, and yet as man, He hid the Word in His heart and fellowshipped with the Father, whose words satisfied His heart. (Also pictures Christ in His humiliation.)
3. Aaron's Rod that budded = Christ, a priest of endless (resurrection) life, "Root out of dry ground" pictures also His virgin birth. His resurrection is a sign of His supernatural person and work.
Observe that the Ark was not made for the Tabernacle, but the Tabernacle for the Ark. Christ is the reason and basis upon which there can be tabernacle of God with men, i.e., because of which God can fellowship with men.
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