Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?…for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16,17
The Ark of the Covenant has been a mystery – and an important Jewish object of worship – long before Indiana Jones brought it to the big screen in the action-adventure movie Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).
The historic mystery: where did the Ark go after Jerusalem and Solomon’s Temple were destroyed by the armies of Babylon in 586 BC?
To the Jews, the Ark represented the presence of God. Although He is omni-present – He exists in every conceivable place and fills the universe – the Jewish understanding was that in a unique way, God’s throne was above the Ark.
And until it went missing, the Ark was located for almost 400 years in the Holy of Holies in the First Temple on Mount Zion.
There are various theories as to its present location, including speculation that it was – and is – safely buried under the foundation of the Temple Mount – currently the location of one of Islam’s iconic sites: the Dome of the Rock.
To the Hebrew people, the Temple and the Ark were physical, tangible reminders of God being with them, and of His immense power among them. But they are both long gone.
For some reason – a reason about which we can only speculate now – God decided that in place of a magnificent structure or valuable portable chest, those of us who follow Christ would now be the physical, tangible evidences of the presence and power of God.
Why would God take the chance of having His Spirit, His presence removed from its traditional and majestic site in Jerusalem, and since Pentecost live where His people live – in Nazareth, or North Bay?
John Piper has part of the answer: “We were made to be prisms refracting the light of God’s glory into all of life.”
Takeaway – when my family, friends and colleagues look at me – at you – what do they see that would truthfully teach them of God’s power and presence? How accurately does my life reflect the glory of God?