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The Ark Undiscovered Essay

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The Ark of the Covenant is currently one of the most desired objects in the world. The Ark of the Covenant was built at Mount Sinai by Bezalel ben Uri, which means, "In the shadow of God, the son of my light". The Ark is probably the most powerful, influential, and mysterious object in the History of the world. According to Raffaele the Old Testament describes the Ark as having enormous power-blazing with fire and light, halting rivers, blasting away armies and bringing down the fabled walls of Jericho. What makes this object so Mysterious is because no one is sure where the Ark is located today? Has it already been discovered or will it remain a mystery?
“They shall make an ark of acacia wood,” this is what God commanded Moses in the book of Exodus (Bible). Therefore the Ark of the Covenant was constructed with acacia wood and plated in 24 karat pure gold. The 'mercy seat' was made completely of pure gold only, and the two cherubim were made of the same piece of gold as the mercy seat. All the wood was overlaid with gold. The cherubim's wings were outstretched over the mercy seat to cover it. The posts to carry it were made of acacia wood also and overlaid with gold. The ark had rings on each corner which were separately cast and attached.
Exodus 25:17-21
"You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold; two and a half cubits shall be its length and a cubit and a half its width. And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work you shall make them at the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub at one end, and the other cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim at the two ends of it of one piece with the mercy seat. And the cherubim shall stretch out their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and they shall face one another; the faces of the cherubim shall be toward the mercy seat. You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the Testimony that I will give you."
-King James Bible

The two Cherubim are what fascinate me the most. In the Bible the Cherub are known as angels and protectors “Warrior Angels”. In the Christian and Jewish religion they are in the second order of angels and in the book of Genesis they are the protectors of the Garden of Eden. According to the Book of Exodus they formed the mercy seat on the Ark of the Covenant. It’s been stated that they represent the judgment of God and their positions indicate that Gods judgment upon Israel was averted because of the blood-sprinkled mercy seat.
The Cherubim are revealed by Ezekiel in chapter 1:5-10 as 4 living creatures, each one having 4 different faces, the face of a man, lion, ox, and eagle. Each of these faces has a different representation: Mans face spoke of wisdom, reason, affections, and all the things that encompass a human being. The lion was always recognized as strong, fierce, and majestic (royalist of animals). The ox was recognized as the animal who...

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