"The ancient Israelites did not take the presence of God lightly. When they wandered the wilderness before settling in the Promised Land, they experienced the presence of God at Mount Sinai, and it scared them! God allowed them to see the manifestation of His presence in a physical form; they knew He was real and present. Later, when David tried to move the Ark of the Covenant, the symbolic meeting place between God and the High Priest, a man died from touching the Ark. The presence of God was real and holy. The Ark of the Covenant was intensely important: it was a decorative box covered with gold that was made to hold the tablets of the Law and a few other remembrances from the time just after the Exodus. The Ark’s lid had two golden cherubim angels on it, and the presence of God would meet with the High Priest from above the cherubim. 1 Kings 8 describes the Ark’s placement in the innermost sanctuary of the Temple. It represented God’s presence in the Temple, and made the Temple legitimate.
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