The Ark of the Covenant was the seat of judgment. It was the place where God dwelled for his people. In Moses’ Tabernacle, people would offer sacrifices and consult God there at the place of the Ark. After David took the Ark out of the Tabernacle (no one knows why) he placed it in a temporary tent 10 miles south of Gibeon to Jerusalem. Later, the Ark would be placed in the Temple that Solomon will build. What should Solomon do when he needs to consult God? It’s fascinating that he does not go to the Ark, but to Moses’ Tabernacle to consult God. It is there that the ministry of sacrifice was still taking place. We have no idea what happened to that Tabernacle, but God had not changed his plan even though David moved the Ark. I see a lot of tension in the decision to move the ark and replace Moses’ Tabernacle with the one Solomon will build in Jerusalem. Did the pillar ever move?
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.