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The Priests that Bear the Ark

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3 January 2024

And thou shalt command the priests that bear the ark of the covenant, saying, When ye are come to the brink of the water of Jordan, ye shall stand still in Jordan. (Joshua 3:8) And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. (Joshua 3:5)  And it came to pass, when the people removed from their tents, to pass over Jordan, and the priests bearing the ark of the covenant before the people; And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, … And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan. (Joshua 3:14-15, 17)

The names of the Priests that bears the Ark of Covenant were not mentioned in scriptural passage above, yet their responsibilities were so important and unique that the scripture represented them by their faithful responsibilities six times in Joshua chapter 3, and two times in chapter 4. There was no mistake about this and it was not an oversight that their names were not mentioned. Whenever we come across repetition of a phrase like this in the scripture, it means God is drawing the attention of believers to something important. The Heavenly Father called them by their responsibilities. Joshua also instructed them on the basis of their responsibilities. The people of God recognized these priests by their responsibilities and not by their names.

These priests were noted for their sanctified and consecrated lives, because it is only holy priests that can bear the holy Ark of Covenant. “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.” (Leviticus 20:26) Yieldedness was one of their rare attributes.  They obediently harkened to every instruction given them by their appointed leader.  “If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15)

The rod of Moses that divided the Red Sea was no longer available in the ministry of Joshua. However, greater than the rod of Moses was the Ark of Covenant. These priest were the hands and legs of God at that crucial moment in the journey of the Israelites to the Promised Land. On behalf of the Almighty God the priests led the people of God and bore the Ark of Covenant that represented His presence and His banner before the people. The priests were noted for their dependability.  Their endurance for the things of the Spirit was remarkable in that they bore the Ark of Covenant standing still in the River Jordan until about three million people crossed to safety on a dry ground into the Promised Land. They still stood still in the midst of Jordan when twelve memorial stones were laid upon each other as an altar for God in the Jordan.  They were still standing when twelve stones were taking up to Gilgal as a memorial stones for the generation of Israelites yet unborn. They worked together in one accord behind the curtains desiring and seeking the glory of God in their responsibilities.

You can become one of the unknown priest of the Most High God working behind the curtain to lift up the hands of your pastor like the way Aaron and Hur lifted the hands of Moses that the glory of God might be seen in the church. “And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed … and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, …” (Exodus 17:11-12) When you are standing in gap in prayer and other marvelous services for the church of the Living God and the brethren therein that the mercy of God might prevail among His people you become one of the priest that are bearing the ark of God. “And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.” (Ezekiel 22:30) You will not be found wanting in the acceptable ministry that will bring glory to God. The glory of God will be made manifest in your ministry.

The cure of the leprosy of Naaman the army general of Syrian emanated from an unnamed little maid slave from the land of Israel who gave a timely and sincere counsel to her mistress, that if the army general could visit a prophet in Israel, he would be cured of his leprosy. “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy.” (2 Kings 5:3 NLT) The general went to see the Prophet and after further persuasion by another unnamed servants he finally yielded to dip himself in River Jordan seven times, and his leprosy was completely cleansed and cured. (2 Kings 5:13-14) You can become a mouthpiece of blessing unto others by your faithful and righteous counseling unto others,

The scripture remarked, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15) The faithful evangelists that are fervently preaching the word of God should be rest assured that the Lord God Almighty knows your name, appreciates your faithful service and your heavenly reward will not be denied. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Prayer: O Lord, let my life count for your glory. Let my sincere  and faithful true worship be made available unto you. Let me live a live that will indicate that I am dependable for your glory. Grant me the grace to faithfully seek your glory only in all my services in your vineyard, in Jesus name, Amen.


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