The Ark of the Covenant
After seven years of peace, Philip received a call from one
of his Arab friends. He and a crew of
twenty were searching around the
Philip, Simon and Merlin flew into
“What is it that brings me away from my family all the way to this desert?” Philip was not agitated but simply very tired of being a King.
“Sir, I have something of great interest to show you. One of the many earth quakes also split this mountain just below this church and just below where we are standing. It has exposed a cave with interesting contents. I think only you should see and decide what to do about it.”
“You are making this very mysterious.”
“Not so much so, Philip,” said Merlin. “I am sure I know what we are about to see.”
“What,” said Simon?
“Wait and see!”
They climbed down the mountain in the front of the church only
twenty feet down. There was a long split
in the mountain going all the way around the base. In the split was a large opening into a cave
at least 20 feet high and 15 feet wide. Through the entrance it was even
larger. Candles were already set up waiting
for Philip and two Knights stood by guarding the contents of the cave. Between the two Knights Philip saw what was
so important to bring him all the way from
It was The Ark of the Covenant. Philip just stared at it with a little fear. He did not move forward, but Father Merlin did. “At last, at last, it must be the time prophesied. I thought it was this. Yes, I thought so.” He turned towards Philip. “That is why I came with you. I felt this was what he found.”
The two Knights must have cleaned it because it was shinning bright from the candles and the light coming in the entrance to the cave.
On both sides of the hole were two Cherub Angels looking like 15 to 16 year old boys with wings. Each boy (or Angel) knelt on one Knee facing the opening but with his eyes and head turned away from the opening. Their hands were folded in prayer. Their back wings covered the back side of the opening and their front wings angled down pointing to the opening. Both Angels were bowed down in prayer.
The entire gold trim of the ark was carved into grape vines, grapes, pomegranates, angels and strange writings. Four large gold rings were on the top four corners of the ark. Through these rings were two gold poles 12 feet long with gold knobs on the ends.
Philip spoke almost in a whisper. “This is the Ark of the Covenant.”
“Yes, yes!” said Merlin. “I knew it was somewhere in these mountains.”
“How did you know this?” Philip said.
“Oh! You forgot what I taught you. You will read in 2 Machabees
2:1-8 that Jeremiahs hit the
“Do not touch it,” shouted Philip.
“Come, come, Philip,
again you forgot what I taught you. The
power of this
Inside were two white stone tablets with writings on them but nothing else. Merlin bowed before the tablets. “Those writings were made by the finger of God. The first tablet has the first three commandments and the second tablet has the other seven, first how to love God and second how to love one another.”
Philip backed away.
He was still afraid of the
“Not on your life. The last person to touch this ark died. You are a priest, but I am not.” Philip backed away even more.
Simon trusted the Priest and knew the Priest would not harm
Philip. Simon reached over and put his
hand on top of the
In spite of this Philip did not touch the
They moved the
In the same cave Merlin, now almost 100 years of age, expected to find the body of Moses but did not. He wondered about that from that moment to his death.