Text: Acts 13:22 Introduction: Have you ever wondered why God referred to David as a man after His heart? What was it about David that made God blessed him so much and made a step son king over the legitimate sons.

1. Was it because David was quick to repent?

True or False. 1 Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22 Note that there were others in the bible who were quick to repent, so this would not have set David apart. Moreover, God called David a man after His heart ever before he committed his sin with Bathsheba and murdered her husband Uriah. What then was it that he did because he himself testified of God’s love for him. 1 Chronicles 28:4

2. What Made David a Man After God’s Own Heart.

I believe that God liked David because he got hold of something that was of greatest importance to God’s heart. He got hold of a divine thought and objective in God’s heart. Psalm 132: 1-8 What was David talking about in verses 4-5? David was talking about bringing the ark of the covenant back to its rightful place among Gods people in Jerusalem. This was what David was after, and because he placed such importance on bringing back the ark, God considered him a man after His own heart.

3. Why was this so important to God?

Overview of the ark of the covenant.

a. In the days of the old covenant, God dwelled between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the covenant. 1 Samuel 4:4
b. This was the throne of God. And whenever the children of Israel brought the ark to battle against their enemies, if they were not in sin of forsaking God, He will always fight for and give them victory.
c. The ark of the covenant was the holiest object on earth at that point in time. It was the centrepiece of God and paramount to and in God’s heart. Exodus 25:22
d. The mercy seat was the place the high priest would place the blood of the animal sacrifices every year on the day of atonement on which day the high priest could enter once in a year to the holy of Holies.
e. The ark was so important that God gave the Israelites very specific instructions on how it was to be constructed. Exodus 25: 10-22; 37: 1-9
f. The ark of the covenant points to the person and the work of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the centrepiece of God’s heart.
g. The box portion of the ark is made of acacia wood and overlaid with gold.
h. Wood in the Bible speaks of humanity- Mark 8:24; Isaiah 55:12
i. Acacia wood is known in Israel as incorruptible wood, so this speaks of Jesus incorruptible humanity.
j. Gold in the bible speaks of divinity and deity. Isaiah 2:20, Songs 5:11
k. So the wood overlaid with gold speaks of the person of Jesus. He was completely human and at the same time completely God.

4. What Is In The Ark Of The Covenant?

Overview of the ark of the covenant.

a) The ark was covered by a lid. The entire lid was made from a solid slab of gold and it covered the box.
b) This lid is called the mercy seat which was used to cover the following items in the ark:

1) The stone tablets on which God wrote the Ten Commandments. The tablets speak of our rebellion and inability to keep God’s laws perfectly.
2) Aaron’s rod that blossom. Numbers 17:1-10. God did this because people complained against God’s appointed leadership.
3) The golden pot of manna. This was angel’s food (Psalm 78:24-25). When the children of Israel ate it in the wilderness for 40 years, none of them was sick for 40 years, yet they called it worthless bread. Numbers 21:5. So the golden pot of manna speaks of man’s rebellion against God’s provision.

5. But What Did God Do With Our Sins?

a. Every item in the ark speaks of our sins and rebellion against God?
b. However, God put them all into the ark of the covenant and covered them with the mercy seat where the blood of the animal sacrifices was placed.
c. By this God was saying that He did not want to see man’s sins and rebellion.
d. When He looks down, He cannot see man’s sins and rebellion because they are all covered by the blood on the mercy seat!
e. That is why Israel rejoiced every time the high priest went into the holy of Holies and returned on the Day of Atonement. They know that moment the blood of the sacrifices is put on the mercy seat, for the next one year, before the next Atonement Day, God could not see the rejection of His laws in the Ten Commandments. He only saw the blood on the mercy seat.
f. On the cross, Jesus became the propitiation for our sins. Propitiation is the same word in meaning to mercy seat.
g. 1 John 2:1-2 Jesus is our propitiation means Jesus is our mercy seat. The mercy seat was made of one solid slab of gold beaten into shape.
h. In the same way, for Jesus to take our place and be our mercy seat, He had to be brutally beaten and scourged, so that by His stripes, we are healed.
i. That is why anyone that attempted to open the lid of the ark was struck dead or smitten with sickness that eventually killed them. 1 Samuel 6:19

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