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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Ark of the New Covenant

"In those days..." declares the Lord, "men will no longer say,
'The ark of the covenant of the Lord.' It will never enter their
minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will
another one be made.

At that time they will call Jerusalem 'The Throne of the Lord',
and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of
the Lord." (Jeremiah 3:16-17)

"Ark of the New Covenant" - by Gwen Meharg

Gwen's comments (from her site) about this picture:

"Painted the Sunday before Christmas 2002. This is the Ark of the NEW
Covenant. I have been painting this in my mind since the summer of 2001
at the Christian Dance Fellowship USA convention. I started the drawing
but only got a few lines on the paper. With Christmas this year and my
personal quiet time in Hebrews and discussion of the New Covenant, the
time was right. This time the salvation was not in keeping the commands
on a stone tablet, but in the live and living Christ. The cherubim are not
sitting guard over a gold box, but a humble manger filled with golden
straw. The Ark of the Covenant could not be touched by human hands.
The Ark of the New Covenant was filled with a human who is fully God.
I love this image and will work more with it in the future."

The New Covenant is very dear to my heart and to the hearts of many
who have left systems that were founded on the Old Covenant (Ten
Commandments). Many of us learned the rules of the old law before we
learned that God is love. The focus had been on the Ten instead of the
One -- the Son of God, Jesus Christ.

But Jesus called us and set us free from those things, pointing us to
Himself - the New Covenant. Father called Him to become our new covenant:

"I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and make you to be a covenant for the people and a light
for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison,
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness...

"I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, 'Come out,' and to those in darkness, 'Be free!' They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill. They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and will lead them beside springs of water." (Isaiah 42:6-7, 49:8-10)

He really has set us free! No longer must we stay at a distance, trying to earn favor enough to approach Him. Now He is Immanuel -- God with us, and by His Spirit He is now "God within us"! He knows that we often still live by the old covenant, by the law, by the ten, and we fear coming closer to Him or think it's impossible. But His heart still cries out to us, trying to clarify things for us in our hearts so that we know we may approach Him and find rest:

"You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm; to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no futher words be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded...

"But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn... You have come to God... to Jesus, the mediator of a New Covenant" (Hebrews 12:18-20, 22-24)


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