Chapter 7 – The Ark Is Coming!

OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Write the Key Verse from memory.
  • Explain why the glory of God departs from His people.
  • Summarize events and their spiritual significance when the ark was at each of the following locations:

-Ebenezer
-Aphek
-Ashdod
-Gath
-Ekron
-Beth-shemesh
-Kirjath-Jearim
-Jerusalem

  • Identify four things necessary for the return of God’s glory.

INTRODUCTION

God told Moses, “If you make the tabernacle according to the pattern, my glory will dwell there” (Exodus 25:9). Man was originally created for the glory of God. We were created in His image and set over the works of His hands to bring glory to Him (Hebrews 2:7). When man sinned, the “pattern” was changed and the glory was lost:

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

Like the tabernacle of Moses, you are the tabernacle of God. If you build your spiritual life according to the proper pattern the glory will dwell there. If you change the pattern, the glory departs:

Because that when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither
were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart
was darkened.

Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to
corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beast, and creeping things.
(Romans 1:21-23)

Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.
(Psalms 106:20)

Through the judgment of God, some will repent and the glory will be restored:

And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the
city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand; and the remnant were afrighted and gave glory to the God of Heaven. (Revelation 11:13)

Some will never repent and regain the glory:

And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues; and they repented not to give Him glory. (Revelation 16:9)

The sinner is without glory. It is restored through the redemption process:

…whom He called, them he also justified; and whom He justified, them He also glorified. (Romans 8:28-30)

The “glory” also departs from God’s people when sin separates them from His presence. What can be done when the glory of God has departed because the pattern has been changed by sin? The Old Testament study of the Ark of God departing and returning to Israel provides natural parallels of a great spiritual truth that answers this question.

 

 

Read over the chapter study material and complete the self-test at the end. After this chapter is completed, mark complete and go to the next lesson.