Verse 9 emphatically states that “there was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone that Moses put there at Horeb.” While this seems to contradict Hebrews 9:4, which says the ark also contained a jar of manna and Aaron’s staff, the apparent contradiction can be cleared up by pointing out that the writer of Hebrews is referring to the tabernacle, not the temple (Heb. 9:2). Additionally, the jar of manna (Ex. 16:32-34) and Aaron’s staff (Num. 17:10-11) were to be placed before the ark, not inside it.
The fact that the only items in the ark were the stone tablets containing God’s Ten Commandments is illustrative of the preeminence of God’s word. After all, it’s not called the “ark of the covenant and manna and staff.” God’s word alone had a place in the ark. In the same way, God’s Word alone should be what we place in our hearts. It should be our sole source for understanding God’s will and work in our lives.
In what ways do you hide God’s Word in your heart? If you do not, how can you start?