The missing gilded wooden Ark of the Covenant has fascinated adventurers, historians and Hollywood filmmakers for ages.
Topped with golden cherubim, this chest, is a gold-covered wooden chest with lid cover described in the Book of Exodus containing the Second tablets of the Ten Commandments (the broken pieces of the First Set where kept in another Chest) and occupied the desert Tabernacle and the First Temple.
Babylonian invaders destroyed the Temple around 586 BCE. Most people say that the list of treasures they took doesn’t include the ark. Most likely it had been hidden or sent away for safekeeping. By the time the Second Temple was built, nobody knew where it was.
Contrary to the Indiana Jones film “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” it has never been found. Some treasure-hunters believe it’s sealed in a Qumran cave near the Dead Sea, or that it’s far away in Ethiopia, or in the sealed tombs of the Vatican.
Others believe the Ark of the Covenant is hidden behind an ancient manmade stone wall of a cistern beneath Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Political-religious sensitivities have kept archeologists from investigating.
Why is it so important? It is unlikely that it was destroyed. First of all, it has divine protection as it came directly from G-d. Second, it is the most powerful symbol of G-d on this earth.
Imagine its value! The closest thing we have to this symbol is the Dead Sea Scrolls, written about 1300 years later. They were written by man, but they take the proof of the written Torah to 2000 years ago. The Dead Sea Scrolls are so important because they back up the Torah and show that the people had not forgotten the tablets 1300 years later. The tablets would be unquestionably holy and by themselves would give tremendous credibility to the written Torah. The discovery of them alone would change the world.
In this new coronavirus world where anything goes, I don’t suspect it will be long before the Ark with the tablets shows up!
Another bible story
One day, Eve was walking in the garden with God. She said, “God, the garden is wonderful, and the animals and birds provide such joy, but I am still lonely sometimes.”
“No problem!” the Lord replied. “I will make you a man for a companion. He will desire to please you and to be with you. But I have to warn you, he won’t be perfect. He’ll have a difficult time understanding your feelings, will tend to think only of himself and will stay out late with his bowling buddies.”
“What’s bowling?” Eve asked.
“Oh… never mind. I was just getting ahead of myself, sorry.”
“That’s OK. I think I can handle this ‘man’,” Eve replied.
“Great, I’ll get right to it!” God said, and started grabbing some mud and shaping it.
Suddenly, the Lord stopped and said to Eve, “Oh, there’s one other thing about this man I’m making for you.”
“What’s that?” asked Eve.
“You’ll have to tell him he was here first.”