Glory of God
Ark of God
Glory of God

King David wanted to build God a house, a temple but God gave the job to David's son Solomon.  The story is found in 2 Chronicles chapters three and four.  Now the building is built but it is just stone and wood.  God is not living there.  So, in chapter 5 the ark of God is brought into the temple.  In the Old Testament the presence of God was in the ark.  In the New Testament we see the presence of God is in the Spirit filled Christian.  We are the temple of God. 

In 2 Chronicles 5 we read about how Solomon brought up the silver and gold into the temple.  Nevada is the Silver State and California is the Golden State.  As the levitical priests bring the ark towards the temple from the City of David they sacrifice a great number of sheep and cattle.ark

Under the Old Covenant the amount of sacrifices needed to atone for sin was unlimited.  In the New Covenant Jesus made one sacrifice for all of our sins.

The ark contained just the tablets that Moses brought down from the mountain.  Remember that Moses came down from the presence of God that his face shown so bright that the people were afraid and asked him to cover his face.  Even today it seems that most people are afraid to be anywhere near the presence of God.  At River Rock we love to be in the presence of God.  We love to be near  Papa God.

Next we see the musical priests standing and playing the cymbals, harps, and lyres as well as trumpets to usher in the presence of God.  Today we use drum sets, guitars, and shofars to usher in the presence of God. 

Finally, after the ark is brought into the temple by the priests and the presence is ushered in by sacrifices and worship we read the following powerful words "then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud,  so that the priests could not stand to minister [Hebrew: וְלֹא־יָֽכְל֧וּ הַכֹּהֲנִ֛ים לַעֲמֹ֥וד לְשָׁרֵ֖ת מִפְּ] because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God." (2 Chronicles 5:13b-14)  Notice that when the presence of God comes that the priests could not stand.  When we have services where the glory of God falls so do many of the people.  The reason is because it is normal to fall in the presence of God.  You can read more about falling at this link.

Kofer Kabad
Kopher and Kabod: notice the orbs
The Covering

The word to cover 'kopher' in the Hebrew is said to be one of the most important
words in the bible! there are a few forms of this root.ex. kapporth is the word for the mercy seat of the arc of the covenant. The basic meaning is to cover, to atone for 
sin.  Noah's' ark is said to be kopher w/ pitch a tar to protect it from the judgment on the world.  Thank God Jesus is our kopher. 

In the photo here you see that in service we hold up a tapestry which is symbolic of the covering "kopher" [Hebrew: כְבֹוד־] of God.  As we walk underneath it God pours out His glory "kabod" upon us.  In 2 Chronicles 5 and other parts of the Old Testament God manifested Himself in a cloud as a symbol of His presence. 

This lines up with the Lord's prayer "...on earth as it is in heaven."  In heaven there is no sickness or sadness.  Jesus instructed His disciples to pray that prayer.  When God's presence comes to earth as it is in heaven then people are healed and people get joyful.