Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Exodus 26:34 - Location of The Ark of the Covenant within The Mishkan

Lets' move on to Exodus 26:34, that discusses location and position of the Ark of The Covenant within The Tabernacle...

34 And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place.

‎34 ‏וְנָתַתָּ֙ אֶת־הַכַּפֹּ֔רֶת עַ֖ל אֲר֣וֹן הָעֵדֻ֑ת בְּקֹ֖דֶשׁ הַקֳּדָשִֽׁים׃
The Ark Of The Covenant was put inside the Holy of Holies section of the Tent of the Mishkan. The verse specifically mentions the Ark and its Lid (The Mercy Seat) to remind not to forget to put the The Testimony(Two Stone Tablets with the The Ten Commandments upon them) inside.

The Lid of the Ark was then put upon the The Ark...

Notice the reflections on the walls...

And here is the comparative view of the Holy of Holies. As you can see, this section of the Mishkan, as well as the Ark, were relatively compact in size.

As you can see the, the Ark was located in the Western Part of the Tent, precisely in the middle of the Holy Of Holies. The Center of the Ark was exactly 5 cubits from each Wall and the Curtain

And here is a closer look from above upon the Ark.
Notice, how the the dimensions of the Ark and position of its Staves would prevent it from being removed from the room. If you remember, the spacing between the centers of the Inner Pillars was 2 cubits, whereas the Ark Length was 2.5 cubits.

You can check out this diagram for detailed dimensions...

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