Restoring God’s Image and Likeness in Man

The Ark of the Covenant was as important to Israel, as the Cross is to Christians. Faith is more at ease with some visible "Presence" of God who cares. The Ark and the Cross are such reminders. Moses left Israel the Ark and Jesus left his followers the Cross. God, who did not want to be compared to any idol or to any symbol made by man, commanded Moses to built Him a chest to represent "His Presence" among the Israelites. The question is, "Why was there a need for an Ark to remind the people of God?" The Israelites were not ready to live on faith, without some visible object to lead them. The Ark of the Covenant filled that need, and so did the burned offerings and the sacrifices, that lent support to their faith in an "invisible" God. For God to move in front of the people, He had to be represented in a "visible" object. Every time the Israelites moved, “the Ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them” (Num. 10:33). Moses had the difficult task to wean the people off their idols and of their needless and senseless sacrifices. In Egypt, Pharaoh had become God; therefore, Pharaoh also became the recipient of the offerings, as well as the sacrifices. To deliver Israel from Pharaoh, God turned Moses into a greater god than Pharaoh, and Aaron became Moses’ prophet. “He (Aaron) shall speak for you to the people; and he shall be a mouth for you, and you shall be to him a God” (Ex. 4:16). And the Lord said to Moses, “See, I make you as God to Pharaoh; and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet (spokesman). You shall speak all that I command you; and Aaron your brother shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of the land” (Ex. 7:1-2). Pharaoh lost the contest against Moses and Israel was literally forced to leave Egypt. The Egyptians helped the Israelites pack and let them take whatever they wanted. The Israelites ended up plundering the Egyptians (Ex. 12:31-36).