Tom Wright: The personal presence of God

In The Day the Revolution Began, Tom Wright writes about the story-line in Scripture about the personal presence of God:

One item of furniture in the tabernacle becomes important in the New Testament, and we must glance at it briefly here. The ‘ark of the covenant’ was a special box containing, among other things, the tablets of the law that constituted the covenant between God and Israel. Much as a new householder might place the title deed, insurance certificates, and other vital documents in a fireproof safe or the rulers and elders of a city might keep its founding and guiding charter in an official chest, so God’s people were to keep in this box those things that spoke of and symbolised the union of God and Israel and hence the purposes that God had for Israel.

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