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Jul
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GOD IN THE ARK: SOVEREIGNTY

Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies, having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod which budded, and the tables of the covenant. Hebrews 9:3-4
In the Holy of Holies, there was the Ark of the Covenant. One day each year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would enter to make the sacrifice and sprinkle the blood to atone for the sins of the nation of Israel. The tabernacle was a symbol of the presence of God among His people, and the Holy of Holies is where His true glory shone above the ark. Inside the ark were articles that are a testimony to His attributes and personality.
As was discussed in the devotion, “God In The Ark: Salvation,” Aaron’s rod can symbolize God’s authority, and that He is sovereign over all. “Sovereignty” can be defined as “the authority, power or dominion of a king.” This definition certainly gives a clearer picture of God as Lord, when we examine the tables of the covenant.
The tables of the covenant are simply the tablets which recorded the Ten Commandments, written by the finger of God, Himself. In fact, these tablets are the source of the saying “written in stone.” 1 Timothy 6:15b-16 says, “He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion!”
The Lord God is holy, just, righteous and sovereign to rule over all the universe and all the earth, but the fact that He is the creator, and thus, the possessor of it all. But we must also understand that we, as His creation, are under His authority, as well. “Has the potter no right over the clay…” instructs Romans 9:21.
There is a story of a messenger who, upon delivering an urgent message to President Lincoln, mentioned to the president that they should “pray that God is on our side.” The wise leader replied by saying, “No, let us pray that we are on God’s side.” Lincoln reminded that messenger that faith is not a tool by which we get God to do what we want but an invitation to open ourselves to being and doing what God wants.

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