Background of The Ark of the Covenant
The Hebrew Name and Meaning of the Ark of the Covenant.
The Hebrew noun "Ahrohn" (Ark) is used nearly 200 times
in the Old Testament to depict the Ark of the Covenant.
The word Ahrohn means chest or container and was used in
various contexts. For example it was used for a money box
(2 Ki 12:9), and also for a coffin (Gen. 50:26), both
signifying its use as a container of something. The Bible
goes further and calls it the Ark of God numerous times,
and also the Ark of his might (Ps 132:8), signifying
power and glory. Over 30 times the Ark is called The Ark
of the Covenant of Yahweh (Num 10:33). The Covenant
represented Gods redemptive covenant with Israel and his
promise to save his people if they would not forsake him.
Yet ultimately the Bible seizes upon the ancient imagery
of the blood covenant that was cut not only for the Jews
but for all mankind, signifying the death of the One who
makes the covenant.
Hebrews 9:16-18 - "For where a covenant is, there must
also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a
testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is
of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated
The Ark of the Covenant was a picture of Jesus Christ