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The tabernacle: Ark of the Covenant

Instructions to make an Ark of the Covenant.
Contributed by Bible Scenes
Story also available on our translated website: Spanish
God said to Moses, ‘They shall make an ark of acacia wood.’ – Slide 1
‘Two cubits and a half shall be its length, a cubit and a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height.’ (A cubit is the distance between the elbow and the tip of the middle finger - in Biblical times 44.4cm or 17.5 inches.) – Slide 2
‘You shall overlay it with pure gold, inside and outside shall you overlay it ...’ – Slide 3
‘... and you shall make on it a moulding of gold around it.’ – Slide 4
‘You shall cast four rings of gold for it and put them on its four feet, two rings on the one side of it, and two rings on the other side of it.’ – Slide 5
‘You shall make poles of acacia wood ...’ – Slide 6
‘... and overlay them with gold. And you shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry the ark by them. The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be taken from it.’ – Slide 7
‘And you shall put into the ark the testimony that I shall give you.’ (The two stones with the ten commandments, Aaron’s rod that budded and a pot containing manna). – Slide 8
‘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 breadth.’ – Slide 9
‘And you shall make two cherubim of gold; of hammered work shall you make them, on the two ends of the mercy seat.’ – Slide 10
‘Make one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end.’ – Slide 11
‘Of one piece with the mercy seat shall you make the cherubim on its two ends.’ – Slide 12
‘The cherubim shall spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, their faces one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubim be.’ – Slide 13
‘And you shall put the mercy seat on the top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you.’ – Slide 14
The ark was to be placed in the Holy of Holies in the tabernacle.  <br/>‘There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony...’ – Slide 15
‘I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.’ – Slide 16
Slide 17