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Ark86) THE ARK OF THY STRENGTH, No. 1

Psalm 132:8: “Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.”

This passage calls the ark the ARK OF THY STRENGTH. Also, in Psalm 78:16 Asaph the psalmist writes about the ark of the covenant and says that God “Delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand.”

As long as the ark was in the midst of God’s people, His strength united them. This was the same Strength that created all things, that displayed mighty signs and wonders when He delivered them from Egypt, that dried up the Red Sea in the Gulf of Akaba which separated Egypt from Saudi Arabia. He is the Strength of all strengths.

They faced many dangers during their forty years’ wilderness journey in Saudi Arabia, including hostile enemies.

In Numbers 10:33-36 we read how the ark went before them to search out a resting place for them. “And the ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them in the three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them. And the cloud of the LORD was upon them by day, when they went out of the camp. And it came to pass, when the ark set forward, that Moses said, Rise up, LORD, and let thine enemies be scattered: and let them that hate thee flee before thee. And when it rested, he said, Return, O LORD, unto the many thousands of Israel.”

The Israelites quickly learned that the only way they could survive this dangerous wilderness was to let the Ark of God’s Strength lead them from one resting place to another. They were safe and protected from all enemy attack as long as the Ark of God’s Strength led them.

They had to keep their eyes on the ark. If they didn’t, they quickly lost their way.

The ark was not only God’s Strength, it was also their strength while they kept their eyes on it and did not lose sight of it.

Jesus Christ is now our Ark of God’s Strength. The physical ark of the Old Testament embodied the great strength and power of God and was a type of Jesus Christ, who was filled with the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2;9). The ark represented everything that God is today—His presence, glory, strength, power, leadership, protection, provision, health, wisdom, and knowledge. Oh, how we need His strength.

King David spoke so much of God’s strength.

Psalm 27:1: “The LORD is my light and my salvation’; whom shall fear; the LORD IS THE STRENGTH OF MY LIFE; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Psalm 28:7: “The LORD IS MY STRENGTH and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

Psalm 118:14: “The LORD IS MY STRENGTH and song, and is become my salvation.”

We must keep our eyes on Jesus Christ, the ark of our strength, at all times.

Be encouraged. Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell

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Ark75) THE HOLY ARK

We find this title in 2 Chronicles 35:3 where King Josiah told the Levites: “Put THE HOLY ARK in the house which Solomon the son of David king of Israel did build.”

Holiness is a major doctrine of both the Old and New Testaments. Holiness is not only limited to the Old Testament as some people think. It is just as strong in the New Testament.

1 Peter 1:15, 16: “But he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

Hebrews 12;14: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”

The tabernacle, and later the temple, was divided into three areas. The outer court, the holy place, and the Holy of Holies. Paul instructs the Corinthian believers in 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20: “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

The Greek word for “temple” is “naos” which was the heart of the temple. It means “the Holy of Holies,” the sacred place where God’s Shekinah glory dwelt.

During the wilderness journeys, the priests carried the ark on their shoulders, typifying in picture form the New Testament church which carries the ark of God in our bodies as we journey through his world as strangers and pilgrims.

We must never ever take the holiness of our God for granted. This is not to say we should try to establish our own holiness. We should seek to walk in an ever-closer relationship with the One who is our “wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” “Sanctification is the same word that is translated “holiness.”

Jesus Christ is our holiness. He desires to work out His holiness through us. This is such an important truth and the church in general has often failed to grasp the importance that the Scriptures place on it.

Some have tried to put a greater emphasis on holiness and ended up in cold, stereotype legalism. God’s true holiness rings with love, joy, peace, and freedom. If these attributes are not present our so-called holiness may not be holiness at all.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Ark64) THE ARK OF THE COVENANT OF THE LORD OF ALL THE EARTH (Joshua 3:11). What an amazing name for the ark of the covenant. The blessings of this ark are not only for Israel, but for everyone on the whole earth.

God places His ark throne in the midst of His people so He can reign through His people over all the nations of the earth.

Joshua 3:13 states: “And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear THE ARK OF THE LORD, THE LORD OF ALL THE EARTH, shall rest in the waters of Jordan, that the waters of Jordan shall be cut off from the waters that come down from above: and they shall stand upon an heap.”

Joshua 4:24: “That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God forever.”

Although the ark of the covenant had a special relationship with Israel as God’s chosen people, it was for the nations of the whole earth. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob chose Israel, and Mt. Zion which is situated in the center of the earth, to set up His ark throne. Not only would His ark throne rule Israel, but in the set time govern the whole earth.

Isaiah 2:2-4: “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow into it.

“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

All the truths and revelation of the tabernacle teaching find its fulfilment in the person of Jesus Christ.

* He is the Lamb of God, slain upon the brazen altar.
* He is the Word into whose name we are baptized at the brazen laver, representing baptism.
* He is the Light of the world, represented by the golden lampstand.
* He is the Bread on the table of shewbread, who feeds not only the twelve tribes of Israel, but also His living Word to all believers throughout the whole earth.
* He is the Golden Altar of Incense and through His name all our prayers are made.
* Finally, He is our Ark and Mercy Seat, our propitiation which is covered with His precious blood.

Because He is the ARK OF THE LORD OF THE WHOLE EARTH He can save all who put their trust in Him—from every tribe, kindred, tongue, and nation.

Revelation 19:13, 15: “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. . . And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

In Psalm 2:8 Father God tells His Son: “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”

As praying people, we join Him in prayer for all nations.

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Ark5Continuing No. 3, THE ARK OF THE LORD GOD.

Revelation 5:5-14 gives an amazing picture of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God sitting upon the throne with ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands worshipping Him. They worship Him with a LOUD voice saying: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, ‘Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb forever and ever’” (Verses 12, 13).

He is the LORD OUR GOD and we must worship Him. He is seated at the right and of the Father on the ark throne in Heaven which symbolizes our salvation. This ark is also sprinkled with Jesus’ blood.

In 1 Kings 2:26 Solomon calls the ark, “The ark of the LORD GOD.” It is in the context of pronouncing judgment on Abiathar the priest who had conspired to make Adonijah king instead of Solomon. He didn’t put him to death at that time “because thou barest the ark of the LORD GOD,” but thrust him out from being priest. He was the last descendant of Eli to be priest because they did not respect the tabernacle and all that pertained to it, especially because it was the tabernacle containing the ark throne of the LORD GOD!

Eli’s sons did not respect the things of God. They kicked at the sacrifices of God’s altar. When God reprimanded Eli in 1 Samuel 2:29 He said: “Wherefore do you kick at MY sacrifice and MY offering which I have commanded in MY habitation, and honor your sons more than me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel MY people.” These things didn’t belong to Eli and his sons, but to God.

Through God’s amazing grace in Christ Jesus “He giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (2 Timothy 1:17). However, we must be careful to remember the words of Romans 11:36: “For OF HIM, and THROUGH HIM, and TO HIM, are all things: to WHOM BE GLORY FOREVER. Amen.”

Be encouraged.

Colin Campbell

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Ark4Although the ark is ours to save us it is not ours to disrespect. It belongs to the LORD GOD OF ISRAEL.

3) THE ARK OF THE LORD GOD (1 Kings 2:26).
The ark of the tabernacle was the most holy of all furniture and objects in the tabernacle of Moses. The ark of the LORD God was not “most holy” because of its position behind the veil, not because of its craftsmanship, not because it was overlaid with pure gold within and without, not because of the two cheribums whose wings were stretched over it, and not even because of what was in the ark (the two tables of stone containing the ten Commandments, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the golden pot of manna).

What made this ark so holy was the fact that it was the throne of the LORD God. It belonged to Him. The room containing the ark was called the “Holy of Holies,” because the thrice Holy LORD God of Israel inhabited the presence of this ark throne.

In Isaiah 6:3 the seraphims above the most holy ark throne in the temple of heaven cry out to one another: “Holy, Holy, Holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.”

Revelation 4: 8 says: “They rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”

We learn the lesson that the literal ark, without the presence of the thrice holy LORD God of Israel, would have been worthless from spiritual perspective. It was because it was the ark of the LORD God that made it holy, honorable, and valuable.

Jesus Christ is now our ark. He is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. He is the ARK OF THE LORD GOD. His throne is our ark and the Lord God His Father who owns this throne has made His Son, Jesus Christ King of kings and Lord of lords.

We must not take His throne lightly or for granted. We must not let cathedrals or places of worship, individuals or crowds, eclipse or become more prominent to us than the One who sits on the throne.

Be encouraged,

Colin Campbell

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