The Ark of the Covenant has been found
The Ark of the Covenant has been missing since the Babylonian destruction of the Temple in 586 B.C. People have been wondering what happened to it ever since. Some say it was buried beneath the Temple Mount, where the Dome of the Rock has stood since A.D. 691, and awaits discovery someday. Some say it was destroyed lest it fall into enemy hands. Some believe it was buried in a cave on Mount Nebo. And some think it was taken with Jeremiah to Egypt and made its way from there to Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Coptic Church believes it resides in a special house built for it, guarded by a special Keeper. Of course, Indiana Jones knew that the Ark was buried in a warehouse in Washington, but that’s another story.
Now we have a fifth option. During our study tour of Israel, we visited the ruins of Megiddo, where Solomon kept his stables and chariots. Waiting in line at the cafeteria, we looked inside the gift shop (there’s one at every stop in Israel). There it was. As the picture beside my blog shows, the Ark is waiting for a tourist to give it a new home.
The good news is that the location of the actual Ark is no longer a spiritual issue. If Jesus is your Lord, your body is now the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16). The Shekinah glory of the Lord now dwells within you. And he will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). You are in his hand, and nothing can take you from his hand (John 10:28).
We may never find the true Ark, though the Megiddo gift shop will sell you a replica if you like. But God will never lose his children. Why is that fact good news for you today?