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November 11, 2018

Sermon: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”: What Happened?y

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Scripture Lesson

2 Kings 25:11-16; Jeremiah 3:15-16

Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried into exile the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had defected to the king of Babylon—all the rest of the population. But the captain of the guard left some of the poorest people of the land to be vine-dressers and tillers of the soil. The bronze pillars that were in the house of the Lord, as well as the stands and the bronze sea that were in the house of the Lord, the Chaldeans broke in pieces, and carried the bronze to Babylon. They took away the pots, the shovels, the snuffers, the dishes for incense, and all the bronze vessels used in the temple service, as well as the firepans and the basins. What was made of gold the captain of the guard took away for the gold, and what was made of silver, for the silver. As for the two pillars, the one sea, and the stands, which Solomon had made for the house of the Lord, the bronze of all these vessels was beyond weighing.

I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. And when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the Lord, they shall no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It shall not come to mind, or be remembered, or missed; nor shall another one be made.

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Rev. Jonathan Swanson
“Raiders of the Lost Ark”: What Happened?
2 Kings 25:11-16; Jeremiah 3:15-16

I. Introduction: Peanuts
II. Series: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
III. Some possibilities
     A. Pharaoh Shishak took it to Tanis (917 BC)
         1. “He took away the treasures of the house of the Lord” (1 Kings 14:26)
         2. “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
         3. The ark is mentioned later (620 BC, 2 Chr. 35:3)
     B. King Nebuchadnezzar took it to Babylon (586 BC)
         1. He takes the temple furnishings (2 Kings 25:13-16)
         2. The ark is not listed
     C. Other possibilities
IV. Jeremiah speaks about the ark (Jer. 3:15-16)
     A. Speaks of future restoration
     B. God gives Israel “shepherds after [God’s] own heart” (3:15)
     C. Israel will “multiply and increase” (3:16)
     D. Israel will not need the ark (3:16)
V. So what?
     A. What happened to the ark?
        1. I don’t know
        2. It’s not important
     B. We can know God without the ark
     C. The future is good
     D. Don’t miss the point
VI. Conclusion: John Muir (1838-1914)


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