BIBLE: 1 Chronicles Chapter 13 – “The Law Carried in a Coffin” []

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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The Ark Brought from Kirjath Jearim

1 Chronicles 13:1 Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.
1 Chronicles 13:And David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is of the Lord our God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm), let us send out to our brethren everywhere who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites who are in their cities and their common-lands, that they may gather together to us;
1 Chronicles 13:and let us bring the ark of our God (‘ĕlōhîm) back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul.”
1 Chronicles 13:Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
1 Chronicles 13:So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor in Egypt to as far as the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God (‘ĕlōhîm) from Kirjath Jearim.
1 Chronicles 13:And David and all Israel went up to Baalah (Baale Judah, 2 Sam. 6:2), to Kirjath Jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God the Lord (‘ĕlōhîm Yᵊhōvâ), who dwells between the cherubim, where His name is proclaimed.
  • The ark of God, also called the ark of testimony, is the visual picture of the tomb of Jesus.
  • There were two angels, one at each end of the bed where they laid Jesus at His resurrection. He laid between the cherubim.
  • The ark with the mercy seat was kept inside the Holy of Holies, the temple’s innermost sanctuary which was separated from the other parts of the temple by a thick curtain (parochet). … The high priest sprinkled the blood of a sacrificial bull onto the mercy seat as an atonement for the sins of the people of Israel.
  • When Jesus died on the cross and laid in the tomb, his blood was applied to the death bed in the same way the blood of a sacrificial bull was applied to the bed (seat) of the ark.
  • The name for the Creator is “El” spelled with two Hebrew letters: The Aleph and the Lamed. The Aleph is an ancient picture of an Ox, a burden bearer. The Lamed is an ancient picture of a yoke: the understanding is that the strength of God “El” yokes Himself to man in order to carry man’s burdens.

  • Jesus called Himself “El” when He said:
    • Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Because I have the strength of the OX)
    • Humor: the strength of the OX is hugs OOO and kisses XXX.
  • The meaning of the word “ark” is box or coffin.
    • Inside the coffin, the Ten Commandments (the Law) were placed.
    • When Jesus died, His sacrificial blood covered the law.
  • Hebrews 9:16-22
    • 16 For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives. 18 Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.
    • 19 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water, scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, 20 saying, “This is the blood of the covenant which God has commanded you.”
    • 21 Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. 22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without (the) shedding of blood there is no remission (forgiveness of sins).
  • Note: At the last supper, Jesus said:
    • Matthew 26:28 For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
  • Moses said: This is the blood of the covenant
    The blood was applied on the Jewish Festival of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement for the sins of Israel. Yom Kippur is a significant Jewish feast signaling the Return of Jesus in the pattern of the High Holy Days which lay out the Rapture of the Saints followed by the seven year tribulation, followed by the Return of Jesus.
The High Holy Days Compared to future Prophecies.
  • The Jewish Feasts were given because they represented the prophecies of man’s salvation. All the spring feasts were fulfilled on the exact days of the following prophecies: The selection of the Lamb, the three days of inspection for spot or blemish, the crucifixion, the resurrection of Jesus, the opened tombs of certain saints.
  • These prophecies are called the Triumphal Entry, the Teaching in the Temple, The Passover, Firstfruits, and the Wave Offering.
  • What does this mean about the prophecies which are not yet fulfilled? Above is an example of the High Holy Days which occur in the fall and how they might happen. The High Holy Days are also called the Days of AWE!
  • But some may say that no one knows the day or the hour. Consider this: The tribulation is Daniel’s 70th week. It’s purpose is to bring Jews to the knowledge of their Messiah which will result in the entire remnant becoming believers. Jesus was speaking to the Jews when He said, no one will know the day or hour. The rapture occurs before the tribulation as a separate event. The seven year tribulation is a time of famine called the time of Jacob’s trouble (a seven year famine). However; this is not just a famine in the land but a famine of the Word of God. The Jews who are spiritually blinded are unaware of the meaning of the High Holy Days. They are not counting the years of the tribulation. At the end they are almost annihilated. Jesus said “Not even the Son of man” knows the day or the hour but the Father only”. This is what scripture says:
    • Matthew 24:22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
  • There is one more fall feast following the High Holy Days called the Feast of Booths when Jews live in booths they built for seven days. If the pattern above holds true then the Feast of Booths is part of the Millennium when Jesus rules on earth, when God dwells with man. When the Jews left Egypt and wandered in the wilderness they lived in booths and God, Himself also lived in a booth with them. It was called the tabernacle where the Ark of the Covenant was located. The Glory of the Lord shown on the mercy seat. God dwelt with them. God is always closer to us than we know.
  • One verse in Daniel confirms this pattern: It is the feast of Hanukkah.
    • Daniel 12:12 Blessed is he who waits, and comes to the one thousand three hundred and thirty-five days.
      • Hanukkah ALWAYS FOLLOWS YOM KIPPUR 75 days following.
      • From the middle of the tribulation to its end is half of seven years at 360 days a year on a Jewish calendar.
      • In other words: Seven times 360 days divided by two= 1,260 days. Add those to the 75 days and you have 1,335 days.
  • Why is the middle of the tribulation so important? It is when the Antichrist goes into the Holy of Holies of the newly built temple and declares that HE is god and begins the annihilation of the Jews. Those who remain alive at the end of the tribulation when Jesus returns will live to see another fulfillment: The New Jerusalem and its temple.
  • Hanukkah is celebrated as a “cleansing of the temple” after Antiochus IV defiled it in the same way the Antichrist to come will also defile or desecrate it, attempting to take the place of God. Jesus calls it “The abomination that causes desolation”.

1 Chronicles 13:So they carried the ark of God (‘ĕlōhîm) (Lit. caused the ark of God to ride) on a new cart from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.

1 Chronicles 13:Then David and all Israel played music before God (‘ĕlōhîm) with all their might, with singing (songs), on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets.

1 Chronicles 13:And when they came to Chidon’s (Nachon, 2 Sam. 6:6) threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled (Or let it go off).

1 Chronicles 13:10 Then the anger of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God (‘ĕlōhîm).

  • Why did it anger God that Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark? Perhaps because it foiled a prophecy that like the fall of the ark, there would be a new covenant through the death of Jesus.

1 Chronicles 13:11 And David became angry because of the Lord’s (Yᵊhōvâ) outbreak (Literally: breach) against Uzza; therefore that place is called  Perez Uzza  (Lit. Outburst Against Uzza) to this day.

1 Chronicles 13:12 David was afraid of God (‘ĕlōhîm) that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God (‘ĕlōhîm ‘ārôn ‘ĕlōhîm) to me?”

1 Chronicles 13:13 So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David, but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.

1 Chronicles 13:14 The ark of God (‘ĕlōhîm) remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.

  • The meaning of the name Obed-Edom is: Slave of Edom, or Servant Of The Red One.
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