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October 7, 2018

Sermon: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”: A Relationship

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Scripture Lesson

Exodus 25:10-22; Mark 15:37-39

The Ark of the Covenant
They shall make an ark of acacia wood; it shall be two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high. You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside you shall overlay it, and you shall make a moulding of gold upon it all round. You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on one side of it, and two rings on the other side. You shall make poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, by which to carry the ark. The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it. You shall put into the ark the covenant that I shall give you. Then you shall make a mercy-seat of pure gold; two cubits and a half shall be its length, and a cubit and a half its width. You shall make two cherubim of gold; you shall make them of hammered work, at the two ends of the mercy-seat. Make one cherub at one end, and one cherub at the other; of one piece with the mercy-seat you shall make the cherubim at its two ends. The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy-seat with their wings. They shall face each other; the faces of the cherubim shall be turned towards the mercy-seat. You shall put the mercy-seat on the top of the ark; and in the ark you shall put the covenant that I shall give you. There I will meet you, and from above the mercy-seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the covenant, I will deliver to you all my commands for the Israelites.

Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!’

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Rev. Jonathan Swanson
“Raiders of the Lost Ark”: A Relationship
Exodus 25:10-22; Mark 15:37-39

I. Introduction: Dennis the Menace
II. Series: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
III. The ark and the mercy seat (Ex. 25:10-22)
     A. The ark contains the 10 Commandments (25:21)
         1. Gift of God (25:16)
         2. How to live in relationship with God
     B. The mercy seat (top, 25:17)
         1. Cherubim (cherubs, 25:18)
         2. The throne of God (25:20)
     C. What do these symbols say?
         1. God wants a relationship with God’s people
             a. Gives detailed instructions
                 1) For constructing the ark
                 2) For living with God
             b. “I will meet with you” (25:22)
         2. God’s people long for a relationship with God
             a. They follow the instructions
             b. They try to live obediently
IV. Jesus’ crucifixion changes things (Mk. 15:37-39)
     A. “The curtain of the temple [is] torn in two” (15:38)
     B. Theological implications
         1. The function of the curtain
         2. All have access to God
V. Today
     A. God still desires a relationship with us
     B. We still long for a relationship with God
     C. We don’t need the ark
VI. Conclusion: Edwina Wilke


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