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I'm willing to be open minded about this and do some research on my own.
In my opinion it's a little like Genesis 1 where God makes man and then later makes Adam and Eve. Most people gloss over that first creation and then are left with no explanation for whom Cain was afraid of when he was banished.
Likewise, this two ark theory makes sense for a people who lived in tents. Thieves would have been a constant threat.
Questions, though, what was in the tabernacle? The real one or the fake one? Both? Is that why only one man was allowed in the inner sanctum?
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atleast in the story leading to a handful of golden rodents being added to the ark inventory.
Wasn't it frogs and not mice?edit on 8-2-2014 by Utnapisjtim because: Added "reply to"
1 Sam 6:3-4 KJV
3 And they said, If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty; but in any wise return him a trespass offering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to you why his hand is not removed from you.
4 Then said they, What shall be the trespass offering which we shall return to him? They answered, Five golden emerods, and five golden mice, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines: for one plague was on you all, and on your lords
no it was mice.
Revelation 11:19 ESV
Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
Aaron just designed a golden calf, it was Moses who actually broke the law.
Few know about the second Ark, the one that contained the actual slates God himself wrote the commandments upon, and not the two Moses broke when he saw Aaron had made the golden calf:
The Covenant Renewed
[Covenant expectancy] 10 And he said, “Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the LORD, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you. 11 “Observe what I command you this day. Behold, I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
[First commandment] 12 Take care, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you go, lest it become a snare in your midst. 13 You shall tear down their altars and break their pillars and cut down their Asherim 14 (for you shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), 15 lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they whore after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and you are invited, you eat of his sacrifice, 16 and you take of their daughters for your sons, and their daughters whore after their gods and make your sons whore after their gods.
[Second commandment] 17 “You shall not make for yourself any gods of cast metal.
[Third commandment] 18 “You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month Abib, for in the month Abib you came out from Egypt.
[Fourth commandment] 19 All that open the womb are mine, all your male livestock, the firstborn of cow and sheep.
[Fifth commandment] 20 The firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before me empty-handed.
[Sixth commandment] 21 “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.
[Seventh commandment] 22 You shall observe the Feast of Weeks, the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end. 23 Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel. 24 For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year.
[Eighth commandment] 25 “You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with anything leavened, or let the sacrifice of the Feast of the Passover remain until the morning.
[Ninth commandment] 26 The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the LORD your God.
[Tenth commandment] You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”
[Covenant summarised + Proof of divine presence] 27 And the LORD said to Moses, “Write these words, for in accordance with these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel.” 28 So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
originally posted by: Utnapisjtim
What will it be: More gold than you can carry, or the word of God, written by God himself?