Exo 40:1-3 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: "On the first day of the first month you shall set up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. You shall put in it the ark of the Testimony, and partition off the ark with the veil."
Inside the Most Holy Place is the Ark of the Testimony comprising of 2 Articles - the Ark and the Mercy Seat
1. The Ark
3 items were found in the Ark
a) Ten Commandments Tablets
2Cor 3:2-3 You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.
God replaced the ten commandments with a higher commandment of love by dying on the cross.
John 13:34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another."
b) Aaron's Budding Rod
Num 17:10 And the Lord said to Moses, "Bring Aaron's rod back before the Testimony, to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you may put their complaints away from Me, lest they die."
God is warning all those rejecting, rebelling and distorting His words from bringing heresies into His church. God's presence will not be in any church teaching and practicing heresies and just like the Sardis church (Rev 3:1-6) is a dead church. Brethren, recant and the blood of Jesus will cleansed us of all unrighteous.
Lev 10:1-2 Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
c) Book of the Law
Deut 31:26 "Take this Book of the Law, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there as a witness against you;"
The Law was given so that the Jews have no excuse of ignorance of sin. Our Lord Jesus came as the sacrificial Lamb of God and on the third day He rose from the dead and gave us the resurrected Spirit of Christ to fulfill the Law. With Jesus as the new Priest, all Commandments and Laws of Moses are annulled.
Heb 7:12, 18 For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the law... For on the one hand there is an annulling of the former commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness.
2. Mercy Seat of God
Exo 25:22 "And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel.
The Mercy Seat was on top on the Ark, which holds the Law of Moses. God on His Mercy Seat will judge the Jews according to the Law. Our Lord Jesus Christ will also judge us in accordance to the New Covenant.
4 Important Attributes of God
Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face.
1. Righteousness - He cannot sin
2. Justice - He is fair to all
3. Mercy - out of love, He forgives
at our sincere repentance.
4. Truth - He judges the intents of hearts (sincerity, genuineness or hypocrisy and lies)
All heresies, distorted truth and wrong doctrines will always contradict or annul either
1. the Word of God - Jesus' teachings and commandments in the gospels, Epistles of the Apostles or
2. Attributes of God