As we step into the Holy of Holies, we see the Ark of the Covenant. In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant always represented the glory of God.
The Ark was four feet high, two feet long, and two feet wide and was made out of acacia wood. A gold molding was placed around it, and four gold rings were attached to it. Two gold poles went through the rings. The ark was carried by the poles since anyone who touched the ark would die.
The lid of the ark was called the mercy seat. This is where the blood sacrifice for the people was placed. Attached to the lid, hovering over the mercy seat, were two gold cherubim worshipping God with gold wings that touched.
The ark reminded the people of the glory and presence of God. But God’s presence and glory were never contained in a box. Psalm 72:19 says “Let the whole earth be filled with His glory.
There are many ways to help children understand the glory of God. Here are a few.
The Blanket: The word, glory, means the heaviness of God. One way to illustrate this is with a heavy blanket. Talk about how when you were a child, being wrapped in a heavy blanket would make you feel warm and safe. Being wrapped in the glory of God also makes us feel safe.
Draw Near to God: James 4:8 tells us to draw near to God for comfort. One way to illustrate this is with a bungee cord. Every time something bad happens, God wants to pull us close to Him to comfort us. We can resist the by pulling on the cord, but God is always drawing us to Him if we will allow Him to.
Pillar of Fire and Cloud: When the Israelites walked through the desert, God directed them with His glory. At night, He would appear as a pillar of fire that lit up the sky. In the daytime, God would appear as a cloud. He did this so He could guide them. As long as they followed Him, they would never be lost, and they would always be in the presence of God.
Mt. Sinai: Moses met with God on Mt. Sinai. God showed His presence through a cloud that covered the mountain. It was there that God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. But Moses wanted more and prayed “Show me your glory.” God answered that prayer and allowed Moses to see a part of His glory. He showed Moses His back. Today God wants to show children His glory. As they draw near to Him, He will draw near to them.