The Ark of the Covenant: Christ, Our Security

Exodus 25:10

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Exodus 25:10

By definition, an ark is a chest for safe keeping; the Ark of the Covenant speaks of our security in Christ Jesus. He is not only the One who saves; He is also the One who keeps.

Exodus 25:10 says, “And they shall make an ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits shall be its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and a half its height…”

The construction of this Ark reminds us of Christ’s humanity and deity—of His sovereignty and accessibility. (See Exodus 25:11-14.)

“And you shall put into the ark the Testimony which I will give you” (Exodus 25:6).

Because this chest speaks of safe keeping, the sacred items inside of it illustrate things kept safe for us in Christ.

First, the golden pot of manna tells us that in Christ, our resources are secure.

While the Israelites were in the wilderness, the Lord provided manna from Heaven daily.

Manna is also a picture of Jesus. He is the heaven-sent Bread of Life. He takes care of us every day.

Second, Aaron’s rod that budded tells us that in Christ, our resurrection is secure.

Aaron was the high priest of Israel; in Numbers 17, Aaron and Moses faced rebels who questioned their leadership. God instructed Moses to collect wooden rods from the rebels’ chosen leaders, as well as Aaron’s rod. God proved Aaron to be the anointed priest by making his dead stick bring forth buds, blooming blossoms, and almonds.

Adrian Rogers says, “The buds speak of His life, the blossoms speak of His beauty, and the almonds speak of His fruitfulness. All of this is in the Lord Jesus; my supply is secure.”

Finally, the Ten Commandments tells us that in Christ, our righteousness is secure.

The law symbolizes the righteousness God demands; Jesus is the only One who kept it perfectly. We are saved, not because we’ve kept the law, but because we’re kept by Christ.

As the stone tablets were broken by Moses, so was Jesus’s body broken for us. And because the contents were secure beneath the mercy seat, it was covered in blood, as our sins have been covered in the blood of Christ.

Apply it to your life

Are your resources, resurrection and righteousness kept safe in the Ark? Praise God that He has covered you in the blood of Jesus, which atones for your soul.