Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half was its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. And he overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a molding of gold around it. And he cast for it four rings of gold for its four feet, two rings on its one side and two rings on its other side. And he made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold and put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark. And he made a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half was its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth. And he made two cherubim of gold. He made them of hammered work on the two ends of the mercy seat, one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of one piece with the mercy seat he made the cherubim on its two ends. The cherubim spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, with their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat were the faces of the cherubim. Exodus 37:1-9
The ark was to be the physical place where God’s presence would come down. It was not to be worshiped or venerated. It was essentially a piece of furniture in the Tabernacle. And since it was so valuable, it has probably been stripped of it’s gold, which was melted down after one of the times Jerusalem was overrun, conquered and looted. To correct Stephen Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the ark did not make Israel’s army invincible. Their obedience did. And when they turned to other God’s, they lost a lot more than their treasures.
The search for artifacts like this has gone on for centuries. Some still look for Noah’s ark. It was big enough. It should show up somewhere, right? Unless Noah and his decendants harvested that huge project, repurposing all those planks and beams to make houses and barns…before nature desolved them.
Although many people have good intentions, using physical artifacts to validate the scriptures, it is the Holy Spirit that reveals the truth to people, not archeology. God’s intention is not to meet our representative at a special table. His end game is to live inside each one of us.