THE NEW DIMENSION OF THE ARK OF THE COVENANT
By Rev Kingsley George Adjei-Agyeman
House of Consecration, Accra, Ghana
Foundation Scripture: 1 Samuel 4:2-5, Hebrews 9:4
Sunday 4th December 2016
In the Old Testament, one of the most revered emblems of safety to the people of God was the Ark of the Covenant. Whenever the Israelites went into battle without the Ark, they felt vulnerable and they were smitten before their enemies. In different Scriptural references, we see that when they prayed to find out why they struggled in battle, the Lord made it clear to them that they needed the Ark. The Ark symbolised the presence of God and the power of God at work on their behalf.
In today’s foundation scripture, we read in verse 3: “And when the people had come into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord from Shiloh to us, that when it comes among us it may save us from the hand of our enemies.”
However, in the days of old, the people only knew of the Ark as a wooden box overlaid with gold which they needed to have with them; but they did not have the revelation about the truths that pertain to the Ark. In our case, we are privileged to have the Holy Spirit and He reveals to us the mysteries of the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10 and 12 beautifully note as follows: ‘But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God…. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God’.
Hebrews 9:4 shows us what is inside the Ark: the golden pot of manna, Aaron’s rod that budded, and the stone tablets of the old Covenant. Let us have a look at what these three things signify.
Firstly, the golden pot of manna points to God’s miraculous provision of food and all other physical resources. This was true for the people of God in the dessert, but it is also true for God’s children today! It is God’s desire to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. Secondly, the rod of Aaron that budded, refers to God's guidance through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I declare over you, that you will receive the leading of the Spirit and you will not be confused! Thirdly, the Tablets of the old Covenant symbolically refer to the new Covenant in Jesus’ blood through His sacrifice, which assures us of victory in life.
Be that as it may, we must note that, as volatile and powerful as the Ark was, God took it away and removed it from being the focus of worship, so that we don’t depend on it. However, the truths about the Ark are still present with us today, and God has placed the graces in the Ark, inside pastors; inside of your man of God! In Jeremiah 3:15 and Jeremiah 23:4, God says He will give Pastors that serve as shepherds; Pastors who will feed and tend God’s people. When you have a Pastor, a set-man who is kind and diligent in preaching the Word and caring for the people, when your man of God is not high-handed, but sacrifices and inconveniences himself in order to serve the people, you must celebrate your man of God. God has graced him to cover you. Psalms 80:17 says that it is God who installs set men as heads over people, and because God is orderly in all His ways, He does not operate with two heads. There is always a point man in God’s operations. From the beginning of time, God has always used set men. For instance, God wrapped up Grace in Joseph to save the Israelites and the entire world. Same way, the Grace that God has placed on Pastor Michael is not merely for him alone, but for the Body of Christ in New Wine Church.
We need to develop the culture of honouring our set-man. When God installs a man over His people, whatever the man does is between him and God. So, only God can uninstall them. You may not agree with him, or with some of his ideas, but you cannot rebuke him, because you did not hire him; that is God's place. We must honour and celebrate our man of God because what we don't appreciate will depreciate...!
Note this: when you have a good man over you, you should honour him. If you have the opportunity to a sit in the shoes of a Pastor, you will realise that their job is not easy! The least you can do is to celebrate them!!!
In closing, let your Pastor know that you appreciate him, because Pastors need encouragement too!
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