Thursday, January 14, 2010

Exodus 25:14 - A closer look at the staves of the Ark

According to this verse, there are two possible ways to mount the staves onto the Ark: along its length or along its width.

The correct way - along its width, with 2.5 cubits between the staves. Such positioning of the staves was done for several reasons:

  1. The Ark would be more stable when it was carried

  2. It would be much more convenient and easier for four(4) people, who had to carry the Ark on their shoulders.

  3. It would assure the security of the Ark in the Holly of Hollies, as Ark's length with the staves would be more than the spacing between each of the four columns of the the room.

  4. There are several other reasons for such positioning of the staves of the Ark, which I will try to cover later.
Here is the picture:


On the contrary, positioning the staves along its width would make carrying the Ark more difficult and it would've made it possible to remove the Ark from the Tent, without having to dissasemble the entire structure.

Here is the INCORRECT POSITIONING OF THE STAVES of the Ark:


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