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"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever."
. . . Psalm 12:6-7 . . .

God's Ark of Divine Providential Preservation

The Dean Burgon Society's 1999 Annual Meeting

Dr. Robert Barnett, Vice President of The Dean Burgon Society, Inc.
Copyright 1999 by the author, reproduction and distribution rights assigned to the Dean Burgon Society.

God's first ark of preservation
God's second ark of preservation
God's Third Ark of Preservation
Some Closing Observations


Did God promise providential preservation of His Holy Scriptures? () "The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. {7} Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." () "As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever." () "The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law." () "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." () "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." The Holy Spirit has led Bible believers in every generation to exercise faith in all these divine promises along with many, many more.

Scholars taking a naturalistic approach to Bible preservation, support a critical text approach. To be consistent, they are forced to deny and/or misrepresent a literal interpretation of many of God's promises of Bible preservation.. Having rejected God's supernatural preservation of His Holy Scriptures, they are open to believe the scholarship claims of textual errors in the Bible. Having replaced God's promises of divine preservation with the theories of 19th century naturalistic scholarship their future hope is to correct and restore what they now believe to be a corrupted Bible. Such a Biblical philosophy of preservation is totally inconsistent with the eternal salvation of God's saints. For if God cannot, or did not keep His Holy Scriptures intact as He promised, what assurance do we have that we can trust His promises to keep our souls for all eternity? A generation without faith in God's promises to keep His holy Scriptures on earth will surely reproduce a new generation without faith in God's promises to keep their own souls in Heaven.

God's first Ark of Preservation

God's first ark of , pictured Noah's faith in God's preserving covenant . () "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." The entrance of Noah and his family into the ark put their faith in God's preserving promises into practice. () "But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee."

After the flood, in , God's promise of an everlasting covenant was given to Noah and confirmed by God's token of a rainbow: () "And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. {12} And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: {13} I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth." The rainbow God gave to Noah and his family remains unto this day as visual proof of God's faithfulness as a covenant keeping God.

So also the ark is a Biblical symbol reminding us of God's plan and practice of divine providential preservation of His Holy Scriptures here on earth. Every time we see a rainbow in the sky, it should reassure us that God's promises of divine providential preservation make our Bible an even greater tangible witness to God's faithfulness than His ancient rainbow.

God's first Ark protected God's people from God's judgment upon the world. The ark was God's place of safety from the world. Being outside of the ark brought death and destruction. This is still true today. The Ark still pictures God's haven of safety, the incarnate Word, our Lord Jesus Christ. Safety from the world and God's judgment upon the world is found only through personal faith and trust in Jesus Christ as our ark of safety. And there is no ark of safety for salvation in our Lord Jesus Christ apart from personal faith in the promises of His Holy Scriptures. () "He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. {13} These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."

God's Second Ark of Preservation

God's second ark in , revealed the faith of Moses's parents in God's preserving promises: () "By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment."

The second Ark protected God's people from the World's judgment upon God's people. () "And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive." Jochebed probably remembered the account of Noah's building of the ark of . The God who had preserved Noah in an ark would preserve Moses in an ark.() "And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink."

God's Third Ark of Preservation

It was clearly revealed to Moses
It was not obeyed by Moses

It finally fulfilled by Moses

God's third Ark protected God's inscripturated testimony or Word. The preservative plan and purpose for the ark is repeated over and over throughout Holy Scripture using terms such as, the ark of the testimony, the ark of the covenant of the Lord, the ark of the LORD and the ark of God.

A. God's plan for the ark of the testimony was clearly revealed to Moses:

In , God gave Moses exact instructions for the construction of His Ark and told Moses what to put in it. Verse 16: "And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee." God continued to connect His ark with His Word or testimony. () "And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee. {22} And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel." () "And thou shalt hang up the veil under the taches, that thou mayest bring in thither within the veil the ark of the testimony: and the veil shall divide unto you between the holy place and the most holy. {34} And thou shalt put the mercy seat upon the ark of the testimony in the most holy place." () "And thou shalt make the staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold. {6} And thou shalt put it before the veil that is by the ark of the testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the testimony, where I will meet with thee." () "And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony," () "The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle," Notice also, the ark and testimony were identified with God's tabernacle or house.

Moses heard God repeat at least 9 times that His testimony was to be preserved within His ark. Moses had a personal revelation from God, and a personal responsibility to God to see that God's Holy Scriptures were providentially preserved in God's ark as God had repeatedly commanded him.

B. God's plan for the ark of the testimony was not obeyed by Moses

1. Moses failed in preserving God's Word

() "And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. {16} And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables." () "And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount." Because the nation was breaking the truth of God's law, did not justify Moses breaking the tables of God's law. Moses broke the only tangible thing God had gaven him to expose and correct the national behavior.

2. Moses also failed in practicing God's Word

() "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, {8} Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. {9} And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. {10} And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? {11} And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. {12} And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them."

3. Moses failed in preaching God's Word

Moses striking the first rock in pictured the death of our Lord Jesus Christ for our sins. Had Moses then spoken to the second rock as God had commanded him in , it would have pictured Christ as our rock of living water giving eternal salvation to all those who call upon Him. Because Moses disobeyed the practice of God's Holy Scripture, he misrepresented the preaching of that beautiful symbol of grace God intended for everyone who studies that portion of Holy Scripture.

Moses as a great prophet of God failed this one time to preach God's word because he failed to practice it. How many so called famous preachers of God's word today have their preaching weakened by their failure to preserve and practice God's Holy Scriptures as they should? God will surely hold us personally accountable to Him concerning all three of our dealings with His Holy Scriptures. God will judge our preaching of His Word alongside our preservation, and practice of it! () "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints."

Since Moses as Israel's greatest spiritual and moral leader in charge of God's first original Bible autographs was found guilty of failure, then what human saint or system can be trusted today to preserve God's eternal scriptures? God's first mention should always remind us not to trust human wisdom and strength in Bible preservation. It was God's sovereign work in spite of Moses' failure which providentially preserved God's Holy Scriptures.

C. God's plan for the ark of the testimony finally fulfilled by Moses

1. Moses technically preserved only apographs of the Bible because they were copies of the words which were on the originals.

() "And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest."

() "And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone."

Technically the first original stone autographs though given by divine inspiration, and inscribed by the hand of God were not infallible, because Moses broke them. However, God's words on the original autographs were infallible, and God personally preserved them and God gave us our first copy of apographs! God made sure the first copy of Bible apographs were infallibly accurate. God is still much more concerned about His infallible words, than the things with which or upon which they have been copied. God's divine precedent gives us a great faith producing example. God is not only concerned with the accuracy and authority of His divine originals, He has preserved the received text apographs or copies which have come down to us to preserve His inspired, infallible authority..

2. The face of God's servant revealed God's Spirit, and not his own anger, the second time he delivered God's Word.

() "And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him. {30} And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him. {31} And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them. {32} And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai. {33} And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face."

If Moses who alone spoke to God mouth to mouth, (), did not handle God's word properly in anger, how can you and I expect to do so? It is still the power of the Holy Spirit which enables God's servants to properly handle God's preserved Word today just as it was in the days of Moses. () "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come." This guidance of the Holy Spirit is clearly seen in the generation by generation providential preservation of the received text of God's Holy Scriptures.

3. God's Holy Scriptures were to be preserved in the Ark for God's witness against us

() "Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee."

() "At that time the LORD said unto me, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first, and come up unto me into the mount, and make thee an ark of wood. {2} And I will write on the tables the words that were in the first tables which thou brakest, and thou shalt put them in the ark. {3} And I made an ark of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like unto the first, and went up into the mount, having the two tables in mine hand. {4} And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten commandments, which the LORD spake unto you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them unto me. {5} And I turned myself and came down from the mount, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they be, as the LORD commanded me." God's word still remains unto this day as God's witness against us. () "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day."

4. Finally God's Word was preserved in God's ark, in God's house, as God's place for providential preservation.

God's Ark was first completed in . () "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, {2} On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation. {3} And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and cover the ark with the veil." () "And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark: {21} And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the veil of the covering, and covered the ark of the testimony; as the LORD commanded Moses."

5. The care of God's Word preserved in God's ark, in God's house, was restricted to God's chosen priesthood.

  a. Even God's most trusted leaders were restricted in their contact with the Ark

() "And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the veil before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat."

  b. God prepared Levite priests to care for His ark

In Numbers, God made His Levite Priests responsible for the care of His Ark. () "And their charge shall be the ark, and the table, and the candlestick, and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary wherewith they minister, and the hanging, and all the service thereof."

  c. God chose Kohath from among the Levites for special care of the ark.

() "This shall be the service of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation, about the most holy things:" () "And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation." () "Cut ye not off the tribe of the families of the Kohathites from among the Levites:"

  d. God chose His N. T. priesthood in the local church to preserve His Word

() "But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth." God never intended for His house to become the pillar and ground for doubt and unbelief fostered by modern Bible perversions and confusion. Bible believing members of local New Testament churches should be taught how to behave concerning God's Holy Truth. Use of the authorized King James Bible should be advertised on the Church bulletin board outside. Standing congregational Scripture reading should be practiced weekly. The pulpit should carry a note reminding guest speakers to use only the KJV. All memory work involving church ministries should be done using only the authorized King James Bible. Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek work studies should be used to strengthen Bible belief, not tear it down. We should be able to say with Paul: () "For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ."

6. God forbid the world or strangers from handling His Holy things which included the Ark of His testimony.

  a. They were to guard God's house on the outside from the stranger.

() "But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death."

  b. They were to guard God's house on the inside from the stranger.

() "Therefore thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priest's office for every thing of the altar, and within the veil; and ye shall serve: I have given your priest's office unto you as a service of gift: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death." Handling God's Holy things was a service of gift, with a punishment of death for any stranger who came near these holy things. While God told His people to love the stranger, (), they were never to let them touch or alter the holy things committed to their care as a service of gift. So also, we should not support Bible perverters, purveyors, or publishers of this world system who massacre and market modern Bibles for profit. To do so is to violate God's revealed standards of providential preservation.

7. God's preserved Ark of His covenant was given to lead His people!

() And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. () And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people. Our nation desperately needs to be led today by God's ark of the covenant. Let us pray that the Spirit of God will use us as instruments of His grace to lift up His Holy standard to the enemies of our age. () So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

8. God's preserved Ark of His covenant did not deliver God's people who handled God's covenant in unbelief.

  a. The nation of Israel when being defeated by the Philistines, sent for the Ark of the Covenant in hopes of bringing them victory:

() So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. {5} And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. The nation's priests had the right scriptures, but the wrong morality.

  b. God's ark of the covenant did not protect those in unbelief.

() And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain. () And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out.

() And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken. Eli had failed to pass his faith in God down to his sons.

  c. Ichabod described Israel's loss of God's Glory with the loss of the Ark of the Covenant.

In following the taking of the ark and death of Eli and his evil sons. The wife of Phinehas giving birth just before her death named her son Ichabod to describe God's judgment upon Israel's because of their loss of God's ark of the Covenant. {21} And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband. {22} And she said, The glory is departed from Israel: for the ark of God is taken.

God's preserved Holy Scriptures in the Ark only bring God's glory to believers who believe and practice it. Outwise Ichabod! God condemns unbelief! That should be the warning preached across America today! If America does not repent and return to the authority of God's Holy Scriptures in both precept and practice, surely God will write Ichabod upon our nation!

God gave His prophets the warning of a famine of God's Words in the last days: () Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: Most of the religious denominations and organizations in America could have Ichabod written upon them. Because of unbelief, they have abandoned the living bread and water of God's infallible scriptures. Instead, they are offering corrupted bread and water from perverted Bibles.

9. God's Ark of the covenant was sovereignly preserved while in the world without any help from God's people.

  a. God's Ark was preserved while in the idol temple of the Philistines. (The world.)

() And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. {2} When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. {3} And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. {4} And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. {5} Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day. {6} But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof. {7} And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god. God did not allow a pagan idol or people to destroy God's ark of the testimony.

  b. God's Ark of the Covenant was safe and successful in every city of the world

(} They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about thither. {9} And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts. {10} Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people. God's Holy Scriptures result in judgment upon unbelieving sinners or salvation to believing saints.

10. God's Ark of the Covenant was sovereignly, systematically and safely returned to God's people and God's place in God's time.

  1). God Controlled the false priests of the world system to preserve His word.

() And the ark of the LORD was in the country of the Philistines seven months. () And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, What shall we do to the ark of the LORD? tell us wherewith we shall send it to his place. {3} And they said, If ye send away the ark of the God of Israel, send it not empty; but in any wise return him a trespass offering: then ye shall be healed, and it shall be known to you why his hand is not removed from you.

  2). God Controlled the dumb animals of this world system to preserve His word

() Now therefore make a new cart, and take two milch kine, on which there hath come no yoke, and tie the kine to the cart, and bring their calves home from them: {8} And take the ark of the LORD, and lay it upon the cart; and put the jewels of gold, which ye return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side thereof; and send it away, that it may go. () And the kine took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and went along the highway, lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the border of Bethshemesh. When carnal unbelief characterized God's priest and people, God's word was still providentially preserved by a sovereign God without any help from His people. Let us never forget that our work in Bible defense is a privilege to glorify God. We are merely instrument in Bible defense, because the promises of success were revealed by a sovereign God who never fails.

  3) God controlled access to His holy ark preserving it from carnal curiosity

() And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter. Curious disrespect for the presence of a Holy God and His Holy Scriptures was a wicked sin in God's eyes.

() And they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kirjathjearim, saying, The Philistines have brought again the ark of the LORD; come ye down, and fetch it up to you. God's people didn't like God's judgment upon them for their handling of God's Holy Word any more than the world or Philistines did.

  4) God controlled the transmission of His Ark by His people to preserve it from worldly methods.

() And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. {4} And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. {5} And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. {6} And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. {7} And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God. Mishandling God's Holy Scriptures is still dangerous.

The world's ox cart methods for transporting or preserving God's ark were tolerated by God in Philistia, but God did not tolerate this worldly form of transgression in Israel. God committed much to His own people, so much was required. () God blesses those who treat his ark of divine providential preservation respectfully and handle it scripturally. Worldly printers and publishers may get away with using ox cart methods of handling God's Holy Scriptures, but God's people won't. If God so judged His people for unscriptural handling of His Holy Scriptures, how much more dangerous will God's judgment be for those who alter the very text or content of His Holy Scriptures in the name of Bible scholarship?

  5) God's Ark of the Covenant brought blessings to obedient persons and families.

{8} And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day. {9} And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me? {10} So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite. {11} And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household. {12} And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.

  6) God honored the transmission of His ark of the testimony to His chosen place by His chosen priesthood.

aa) God's ark was Transmitted by a Selected Priesthood

() Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever. (So also, only God's spiritual believer-priests should handle the transmission of God's Word today!)

bb) God's ark was Transmitted by a Sanctified Priesthood

() And said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it. {13} For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order. {14} So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel.

cc) God's ark was Transmitted by a Separated Priesthood

{15} And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD. God's word can only be honorably transmitted today by God's priesthood of believers honoring God's revealed methods, and not the ox cart methods of this naturalistic world system.

Some Closing Observations

The Importance of our yielded service toward protecting God's ark of divine providential preservation today.

  a) The need for priesthood guards as God's special doorkeepers.

() And Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark. {24} And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, did blow with the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obededom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark. We should respond with the Psalmist: () For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. The modern version crowd is dwelling in the tents of wickedness by using this world systems in Bible preservation. There is a real need for doorkeepers in the house of God to support divine providential preservation of God's ark of Holy Scriptures.

  b) The need of priesthood guards to guard God's special message inside the ark; which manifests the presence of God's person, work, and word

Our Savior Jesus Christ is pictured in the contents of the ark as our bread of God, our resurrection of God, and our Word of God.

() Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;

  c) The need of priesthood guards to guard against the deceitfulness of earthly blessings in this Laodicean age. ().

() And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. Apathy is a sign Bible believers today are mesmerized by affluence just like the Jews of old.

  d) The need of priesthood guards to guard God special place for the preservation, practice, and propagation of His Ark of the Covenant on earth today:

() But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

  e) The hope of priesthood Guards from God's special place of preservation, practice, and propagation of His ark of the Covenant in Heaven.

The ark of divine providential preservation is forever settled in heaven. (Psalms 119:89) LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. () And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. () For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; We need never fear, God's word is eternally preserved. God is still sovereignly preserving His Ark of the covenant both upon earth and in heaven forever. Let us who are dedicated to Bible defense yield our selves to be instruments of God's grace! To God be the glory!!

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