1. Exposition

What did the ark contain?

Joshua 7:6 (ESV)

6 Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, he and the elders of Israel. And they put dust on their heads.

The ark contained three symbols of Israel’s relationship with God: (1) the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments, (2) Aaron’s high priest’s rod, and (3) a jar of manna (Exodus 25:16, Exodus 25:21; Exodus 40:20; Hebrews 9:4).1