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WHEN THE WOLF HOWLS

 Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

© by Ross Cochrane

Chapter 75

No-one dared to stop Joab. The door was nearly unhinged as he thrust it open and roared at David with the gravelly voice more like that of a war-cry, “Today you have covered this city with shame. Everywhere I go the faces of the warriors who saved your life and the lives of your family are filled with a sense of regret. Your sons and daughters, your wives and your concubines are alive today because of them but it seems that you love your enemies who hate you and use you, and you hate those who proved their love by killing your enemies. I don’t understand you at all. You have shown today that those who serve you mean nothing to you. If Absalom were alive today and all of us were dead, maybe then you would be pleased.”

“Don’t be ridiculous. How am I supposed to feel about the death of my son? What do you expect of me?”

“I expect you to go out to your servants who fought hard to save you today and have some kind things to say to them, instead of heaping guilt upon them. I swear by the Lord, if you do not go out to them now there will not be one man left to stand with you by the time this night is through. You don’t seem to realise that if they leave you now this could be the worst thing that has ever happened to you.”

“All right, Joab! Leave me!” It seemed that the spirit of Absalom still had the power to wrest a kingdom from David’s hand, this time by using his grief.

David came to his senses and despite the ache in his heart, he went out and sat between the inner and outer gate of the city. The news travelled quickly and everyone came to see their king and to share their victory with him.

Many people were already making their way back to Jerusalem. Absalom was dead. They wondered what the future held for them but they could do no more than to return to their homes.

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Zadok and Abiathar wasted little time with preliminary greetings but said, “King David has sent word to us. He has told us to speak with you. His message is, ‘Why is it that you are the last to bring your king back to Jerusalem and to his palace. All of Israel waits for you. You are my brothers; bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. Why then should you be the last ones to take action?’” Relief swept across the elder’s faces as sat together at the gate of Jerusalem, except for Amasa, Shimei and Mephibosheth who were among them.

Zadok continued, “King David also says to you, Amasa, ‘You are my own flesh and blood, my nephew. May God deal with me severely if I do not appoint you to be commander of the army in place of Joab.’” David intended to replace Joab because he had disobeyed him concerning his son, but to place such trust in the man who led the opposing army against him was almost more than these men could comprehend.

Humbly, Amasa gave voice to their thoughts. “What kind of king could forgive in such a way as this? King David bears no malice. He truly is a man after God’s own heart.”

“Perhaps he will find it in his heart to forgive me also.” said Shimei.

A message was sent to the king immediately, inviting him to return.

There were no stones in Shimei’s hands this time as he met king David at the Jordan. “Forgive me, my lord. Please do not remember the wrong I did to you when you left Jerusalem. Please don’t take these things to heart. I know that I have sinned. That’s why I am here. I wanted to be the first to meet with my lord the king.”

Abishai had no sympathy. He said, “This scoundrel deserves to die! He has cursed the Lord’s anointed! What reason do we have for not putting him to death, my lord? What would you have me do with him?”

David spoke directly and firmly to Abishai, “You have also opposed me when you all disobeyed me concerning Absalom. Perhaps the question you should be asking is what will I do with you? Let me make it quite clear that it is not a good idea for you sons of Zeruiah to make mention of the death sentence concerning those who have cursed the Lord’s anointed.”

Looking out at a sea of serious faces, David smiled and said, “Why should any man be put to death in Israel today? This is a day to celebrate! This day I am king over Israel!” There was much cheering and a shout went up that seemed to echo in eternity and down the corridors of time, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”

The king crossed the Jordan with his people. David forgave those who had opposed him such as Amasa, acknowledged those who were disabled such as Mephibosheth, and honoured those who were old like Barzillai, the man who had provided for him in Manahaim.

“Such a king as David will rule with justice.” Barzillai said to his old friend Obed-edom, “It seems that as our king returns, the very presence of God is also returning to Jerusalem with him.”

WHEN THE WOLF HOWLS

Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

© by Ross Cochrane

Chapter 69

After losing Absalom’s spies, Hushai spoke with Zadok and Abiathar the priests. He related everything that Ahithophel had counselled as well as his own advice to Absalom.

“Because I was sent out of the room before the decision was made, you will need to send a message to David immediately telling him not to spend the night at the fords. Tell him to cross over at once. He and all the people with him are in danger of their lives. As you know, Absalom’s spies are everywhere. How do you intend to get through to David without arousing suspicion?”

Zadok said, “Our sons, Jonathan and Ahimaaz are staying outside the city at En-rogel so as not to be seen entering and leaving Jerusalem. We will send a servant girl to them with your message and they will go to king David.” The plan seemed acceptable to Hushai.

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“My lord, a man from En-rogel is here. He says he needs to speak with you immediately.”

Absalom instructed his servant to let the man in. When Paltiel had been instructed to watch Ahimaaz and Jonathan like a hawk, Absalom had said, “They may be used to get a message to David. Report anything you see that may seem unusual.”

“What news do you have?” Absalom asked.

Paltiel replied, “They met with a servant girl from the city and then headed towards Bahurim, my lord. I know that they have friends in Bahurim but they seemed to be in a hurry. This is also the first time they have moved from the house. It is as if they were waiting for the servant girl to arrive. It may be nothing, but it seemed suspicious to me.”

Absalom said, “Well done. Now take some of my servants with you and intercept them immediately. Bring them here for questioning.”

The man smiled. “Yes my lord”, he said.

Paltiel was the man to whom King Saul had once given his daughter, Michal, in marriage. She had been David’s wife, but when David was forced to flee, he had left her behind. David had demanded her to be returned as part of his negotiations with Abner. This had devastated Paltiel for he had been deeply in love with Michal.

Serving Absalom was Paltiel’s way of dealing with the injustice of this event. His name, Paltiel, meant God has delivered. “I intend to see my wife delivered from David’s clutches as decisively as she had been wrenched from mine,” he had told Absalom.

A contingent of men was chosen and Paltiel was on his way. When they arrived at the house in Bahurim, Paltiel stationed his men. A woman greeted him at the door and though he recognised her, he said abruptly,

“Where are Ahimaaz and Jonathan?”

“They are not here.” Paltiel struck the woman across the face with the back of his hand. He didn’t have time to waste.

“I know they have been here”, he said, “Now tell me where they are!” The woman held her face and was visibly shocked by Paltiel’s aggression.

“They are not here.” Her voice was quivering but indignant, “They have gone over the brook.” Paltiel gave his orders, “Search the brook and the house. They cannot have gone far.”

As some of the men searched the house, he strode out into the courtyard. His quick eyes surveyed the area. The woman followed him out. She felt a tense knot forming in her stomach but tried to hide any evidence of her fear and her deception from her face.

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WHEN THE WOLF HOWLS

Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

© by Ross Cochrane

Chapter 65

Though this was the moment for which he had waited, Absalom still felt betrayed and angry. It was a little less dramatic than he had expected. His father, the king, had not been willing to stand up to him and fight. The city had been evacuated of his followers. Today you may flee for your life, but sooner or later you will pay, father, Absalom thought. One day you will be humiliated as you have humiliated me. You will not get away so easily.

For now, Absalom was content to go to the palace, accompanied by the cheers of the people; his people. The celebration would go on for many days.

His men searched the palace thoroughly. No-one was left in ambush. Ten of David’s concubines who had been assigned by David to look after the palace were incarcerated. For the moment, I will trust no-one. Some of their rooms were set aside for Tamar who was installed immediately.

Twenty of Absalom’s best men were sent out as spies into the city to discover David’s whereabouts. “Bring me anyone who even smells suspicious.” A list of the most likely problem people was drawn up and he would determine whether or not they were still in Jerusalem. Then and only then would he succumb to the celebrations.

But Absalom was still not satisfied. Rage still ate away at him from the inside. He had the hearts of the men of Israel but his own heart burned with the smouldering coals of malice. When he discovered that Zadok and Abiathar were still in the city, his suspicions were aroused. They were asked to report to Absalom immediately.

Priests in charge of the temple, Zadok and Abiathar left their sons and the Levites to fulfil their duties as they came and bowed respectfully before Absalom who now sat on David’s throne. After the formalities were observed, Absalom spoke first and got to the point, “I expected that you would have taken the ark and fled with my father? Why are you still here.”

Zadok replied, “We thought that we might be expected to go also, so we had the Levites take the ark to king David. We warned him that the Lord may place a curse on him as He did with the Philistines if he were to take the ark from Jerusalem.

He instructed us to return the ark to the temple and escape from the city as quickly as we could because you would surely kill us by the sword. But we know you to be a man of justice, my lord. We have decided that we should remain where we belong, in the service of the Lord. We are needed here to attend to the sacrifices.”

It was verified by some of the spies who had been left in the city that the ark had been taken from the temple by the Levites and then returned.

Absalom had no time for priests and had a superstitious fear of the Ark of the Covenant. “Return to the temple. I will offer sacrifices of thanksgiving to the Lord in the sight of all the people left in Jerusalem, of course, but in the meantime, you will keep watch and report to me of anything suspicious. Otherwise, stay out of my sight.” The priests returned quickly to the temple, satisfied that they had not aroused too much suspicion. Absalom had them watched as they expected.

The words of king David were imprinted in Zadok’s memory as they returned to the temple, “You are a man with prophetic insight. Return to Jerusalem in peace with Abiathar and your two sons. I will wait at the fords of the wilderness until I receive word from you to inform me.

If I find favour in the eyes of my Lord, then He will allow me to return to Jerusalem, and to the place of His presence. But if He says to me that He no longer delights in me, then let Him do to me whatever seems good to Him.” Zadok had sensed the very presence of God surrounding them as they spoke. There was no question in his mind as to whom he should serve.

Returning the ark of God to its tent, Zadok and Abiathar had remained in Jerusalem as they had been instructed. They would make sure that they kept their eyes and ears open as the days went by and get news to king David whenever they could. They would also remain open to the Lord and pray.

 

P.S. Don’t forget to purchase a copy of Above the Storm, my new e-book on the ancient book of Job, full of short stories to help you understand some deep truths. This is a creative exploration of Job. You will not read another commentary like it. All royalties, if any, will go to Hope Street in Sydney, Australia.

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WHEN THE WOLF HOWLS

Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

© by Ross Cochrane

Chapter 24

Both David and Absalom were furious when Uzzah was struck dead after touching the Ark. David, because God had struck down his nephew and Absalom because he regarded his father as responsible.

He was my cousin, advisor and best friend! Grief expressed itself in anger and in questions about the fairness of God. A root of bitterness had already begun to entangle fingers around his heart and grow; bitterness not only towards God but to those who represented God; to his father who was anointed of God to be king of Israel.

Absalom went over and over it all in his mind. First of all, it was, “Why did God allow this to happen?” Then it became, “It’s all my father’s fault!” This is all his doing and it has ended in the death of my closest friend, my cousin of cousins. If he didn’t move the Ark in the first place this whole thing would not have happened. It was a crazy/stupid idea in the first place wanting the Ark to come to Jerusalem! How could he do this!

Absalom thought of Zadok. When his anger was under control he made his way to Zadok to find some comfort and perhaps some answers to why his cousin had been slain. His heart was still breaking and he was near to tears at what he saw as God’s injustice. As he rounded the corner he could hear voices and knew that Zadok was speaking with someone. He could overhear the old priest saying,

“We can’t try to accomplish the things of God by ignoring the principles of His holy writings, and trying to deal with grief in inappropriate ways can soon become sin.”

“You’re right, Zadok,” said David, “I have come to confess that I have sinned. You tried to warn me and now my nephew is dead.” His voice was almost breaking with emotion. David was asking in his shock and grief, “Why did He strike down Uzzah?”

“My son, you know why. God’s justice was exercised on Uzzah,” said Zadok.

Justice and Righteousness! thought Absalom, It was those angels that killed Uzzah!

“But how can I bring the Ark to me now?” said David, “It would have been better if it had stayed with the Philistines!” David declared in a moment of rage and heartache.

Absalom was sickened. Your only concern is for the Ark. You still want to bring that curse-giving cause of all my grief to Jerusalem. He left unseen with anger unspoken but burning deep within his chest. Though he spoke with no-one, his grief and bitterness against his father and God remained for many years to come.

WHEN THE WOLF HOWLS

Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

© by Ross Cochrane

Chapter 20

It was never intended that the Ark of the Covenant be carried on a cart! David had insisted on leaving the planning for the transport of the Ark to Ahithophel, a trusted advisor. Zadok and Abiathar had tried to speak with David about this.

“The things that speak of the rulership and the presence of God are meant to be carried on the shoulders of His priests, the Levites. They alone are intended to be the vehicle of the Holy Presence of God,” said Zadok. The Levites alone are chosen by God for such a royal task. You know we are a holy priesthood, called to proclaim the excellent greatness of God. What must I say to change your mind? “A cart could never support the Ark of the Covenant. A cart is meant to carry light loads and sheaths from the harvests for short distances. And besides, they are notoriously unstable.”

David looked to Ahithophel for support. How do I get rid of these complaining priests? They are obviously jealous that I appointed Ahithophel to take care of the details of transporting the Ark. As far as David was concerned, it didn’t matter how the Ark arrived in Jerusalem as long as it arrived safely and soon.

Ahithophel said in a condescending tone. “I assure you, my lord, that the animals are strong and that the cart is new. It has never been used before.”

“But the point is that a cart was never intended to be used to carry the Ark.” said Zadok.

“I am sure that the Lord will understand,” said Ahithophel, still trying to be diplomatic but obviously annoyed. These interfering priests! What does it matter how the Ark is transported.

“How can you even think of carrying the Ark in such a way?” said Abiathar.

“Enough!” said David, “I have given the task to Ahithophel. What he decides is to be done. Do you understand?” The time for argument was over.

“Yes, my lord. But we will have no part in this.” Abiathar replied, and Zadok was obviously in agreement.

“That is entirely your choice.” These two have annoyed me long enough. Can’t they see they have already destroyed some of the excitement about this important occasion and of all things over some trifling matter of how the Ark is to be transported. I resent your intrusion. “Now leave me.” With these things still in his heart he had continued the preparations with Ahithophel and inspected the cart. Despite the unpleasant attitudes of the priests, it looked good. The two milch cows were strong. To all appearances, the cart would hold the weight. I should have ordered them to ride in the cart also. His annoyance had remained. Perhaps it was inevitable that the cart would stumble.

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Chapter 19

The lesson the next day held particular fascination for Absalom and Uzzah.

“Why are the angels on the top of the Ark?” said Uzzah before anyone had a chance to ask any other questions.

“The angels on the top of the Ark of the Covenant carry God’s righteousness and justice to us,” said Zadok, “Although we can’t see them, I am sure that God has designated real angels to be at His side as He makes His presence known to us on top of the Ark of the Covenant. These two angels have a special name. They are known as Cherubim. They sit on top of the Ark of the Covenant with their wings outstretched and look down at the Mercy Seat. Cherubim are God’s warrior angels. Do you remember me telling you how God placed Cherubim with a flaming sword east of the Garden of Eden to stop Adam and Eve from eating from the Tree of Life after they had sinned?”

“Yes, Rabbi, but why would God want His warrior angels on top of the place where He wants us to know His presence? He doesn’t want to make war with us, with these …” Uzzah repeated the new word that described them, “… Cherubim, does He?” The other children laughed, but it was a nervous laugh.

“God’s warrior angels are not to be trifled with.” said Zadok, his deep voice cutting across their laughter. “They represent two of the most magnificent creatures ever created from the hand of God. They defend the justice and righteousness of God and that’s why they are depicted on the Ark of the Covenant.”

“What would happen if you touched the Ark? asked Absalom.

“The angels would draw their swords and kill you!” said Ahio. Uzzah and Absalom laughed but it was laughter peppered with apprehension. It’s ridiculous that two golden angels could draw their swords and kill us. They were both aware of the serious look on Zadok’s face and equally surprised and disturbed by his answer. It seemed that he agreed with Ahio.

“Yes!” said Zadok, “The only way you can approach the Ark is with blood from a sacrifice. If you touch the Ark of the Covenant without the blood of a sacrifice then you become the sacrifice, yourself.” Absalom and Uzzah looked at each other. It all seemed to have become a little far-fetched but they were still not quite sure.

“Is there anything inside the Ark?” Uzzah said suddenly to change the subject.

“Ah, It seems that I have missed out a very important part of my story. Yes, there is something inside the Ark. In fact it is what is inside that is important to our people because it contains objects from our history.” Absalom and Uzzah were once again fascinated. “Inside the box are three objects that all have a special meaning.” said Zadok, “These three objects represent the sin of our people, yours and mine included.”

“But what are these objects, Rabbi?” asked Uzzah.

“The first objects deep inside this box are broken. Originally they were the stone tablets containing the 10 commands that God gave to Moses. Why were they broken?” asked Zadok. Uzzah knew this well.

“They were broken because our people began to worship an idol.” he said.

“Yes, and when Moses saw them worshipping a golden calf, he smashed the tablets of the law on the ground. The pieces were collected and eventually put into the Ark of the Covenant as a picture of their sin against the Law of God. These broken tablets speak of our sin against the law of God.”

“Will they show us these tablets of the law that Moses tomorrow?” Absalom asked.

“The Ark hasn’t been opened since the days of Moses.” said Zadok. Uzzah and Absalom were obviously curious.

“What was the second object in the Ark?” Absalom was fascinated with what Zadok was teaching him. He loved to hear about the history of his people. Why do I feel afraid of Zadok? Sometimes he makes me feels so uneasy? He commands such authority, but he’s just a priest. One day, people will listen to me. Absalom wanted to learn how to wield such authority himself. He felt the same way in the presence of his father. Zadok answered him,

“The second object that was placed into the Ark was Aaron’s rod that budded. This spoke of how our people rebelled against God’s appointed leaders. You know this story. Our people had rebelled against Moses and Aaron, and God told them to choose rods for each of the twelve leaders of Israel and write their names on the rods. They were then to be placed in the Tent of Meeting in front of the Ark of the Testimony. The rod that sprouted would indicate to the people God’s appointed priest. What happened? Do you remember?”

“Only Aaron’s rod had sprouted by the following day.” said Absalom.

“Yes.” said Zadok, looking directly into Absalom’s eyes, “Unfortunately many of our people in Israel have rejected the priests and prophets of God and they have even rebelled against king David.”

“Yes”, said Absalom. Again he felt uncomfortable.

“Now let me tell you about the third object. The third object that was placed in the Ark was a pot of Manna. This pot of manna speaks of how our people complained and sinned against the provision of God. During the time of their wandering through the desert, God provided them with manna from heaven to eat each morning, but once again they complained, and God had to deal with them.

These three objects speak together about our people’s sin. But let me see if you have been listening. What are the three ways in which our people have sinned against God?”

Ahimaaz answered. “We have sinned against the Law of God, against his appointed leaders and against his provision for us.” He had listened carefully. He could always recite the correct answers.

“Very good! You have been listening well, my son.” Zadok was delighted with his son’s progress spiritually. One day he would be a fine priest. Absalom returned to the subject of his real interest.

“But why can’t we look at these holy objects that our father Moses once held?” he said.

“The angels who guard the throne on top of the Ark are the only ones who look down upon Israel’s sin and they don’t need to have the box opened to see how badly we have offended the holiness of God. God has made it very clear that the Ark of the Covenant is to be touched and carried only by the Priests.”

“You’re a priest. Would you be able to open it up for us to see Aaron’s rod?” asked Absalom.

“No! The Ark is only to be touched when it is carried. Two poles are to be placed through rings in the side of the ark and the Priests are then able to carry it around.” Absalom thought he might find a way one day to open the Ark.

Zadok’s voice became lower and, with shining eyes that expressed his love for these children, in almost a whisper he said, “The Lord of hosts is there with the Ark of the Covenant. Once a year, on the day of Atonement the priest brings the blood from the sacrifice and sprinkles it over the mercy seat and instead of seeing Israel’s sin, the angel’s see that a sacrifice has been made. The angels that carry God’s righteousness and justice are satisfied.

That’s why your father has decided to bring up the ark to Jerusalem, that it might be near him, and that it might focus attention upon God’s presence and His rulership in Israel. It has remained in the house of Abinadab, your uncle for some time now, but finally we are to see it come to it’s rightful place. Can you see now why your father wants to have it near us?”

“Yes,” said Absalom. “Yes, I think I do. Thankyou Rabbi.” The Ark is a great symbol of power. That’s the main reason why my father wants it with him. He would love to see the objects inside, but for now, he would be content to watch it come into Jerusalem tomorrow.

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Chapter 17

Jesse’s family was well respected and this is why Samuel had entrusted the Ark into Abinadab’s keeping after the Philistines had returned it. He was an older brother of king David, the second eldest in the family of Jesse. One of his sons, Eleazar had been consecrated to guard it.

Eleazar and Abinadab’s other sons, Uzzah and Ahio, David’s nephews, were direct cousins to Absalom.

It had been decided that the Ark of the Covenant would be brought to Jerusalem in time to celebrate the day of Atonement. Sacrifices would be made to atone for the sins of the priests and the people.

The news quickly spread to the rest of Israel and on the sacred day called Trumpets on the first day of Tishri, they gathered at the gate, nine days before the day of Atonement to discuss the details with king David Himself.

The Day of Trumpets was a holy day and days such as this were often used to celebrate and to share with friends and family.

Zadok the priest was a mine of information and enjoyed spending time with the children and answering their questions as preparations were made.

“It is now written in the annals of our history,” said Zadok, “Jericho had probably expected an immediate attack that day, but the same procedure was followed for six days. From the city walls, they watched as a long procession of our people circled around the city. First of all came the armed guard marching and holding up banners, then after that came seven priests with seven trumpets. Next came the Ark of the Covenant, it’s gold flashing in the sunlight, followed by the rear guard. Then on the seventh day the procession circled round the city seven times. The priests carried the Ark of the Covenant for about three hours that day. That’s when the miracle occurred!” The boys eyes were wide with anticipation. “At the end of the seventh circuit the clear voice of Joshua rang out,

‘Shout! For Jehovah Sabaoth has given you the city!’ So when the priests blasted on the trumpets, the people gave a loud shout. Right at that moment Jehovah Sabaoth, the Lord of hosts, gave orders to a number of His angels to push down the walls of Jericho and the walls of Jericho collapsed in a thunderous tumult of rubble.” Pure excitement coursed through Absalom’s imagination. He would have loved to have been there to see it all happen.

“Rabbi, what is the Ark of the Covenant. Is it like the Ark of Noah?” said Ahio, Absalom’s younger cousin. They all laughed, but Zadok regarded the question seriously.

“There is no need to laugh. That is a good question, but no, it is not, my son.” He used the term ‘son’ affectionately. These were his pupils and he had come to love them.

“Come closer, all of you, and let me explain it to you.” Jonathan, Ahimaaz and Ahio came and sat on the steps while Absalom and Uzzah remained off to the side. They listened carefully as the priest began to speak of the mysteries of the Ark. Each of them sat in awe and silence as he spoke, only occasionally asking him a question or making a comment to show that they understood.

“I have already spoken to you about the Ark of Noah, but the ark of the Covenant is not like the Ark that God told Noah to build. It is much smaller than that.”

Ahio and Uzzah were Absalom’s cousins and were educated with David’s sons under the tuition of Zadok and Abiathar. Their father Abinadab, the second eldest brother of king David, had been one of those on the front lines of the Israelite army who had witnessed David slaying the giant called Goliath. He was a well-respected man and the Ark of the Covenant had been entrusted into his keeping.

Absalom got on well with Uzzah. Ahio talked too much and was a bit too young for Absalom, but he related well with Uzzah. Uzzah was sensible and quiet and Absalom could talk with him for hours about what was happening in the kingdom and how he would do things if he were king. Being a little older than Absalom, Uzzah listened and gave him practical advice. In Absalom’s thinking, Uzzah was his royal counsellor. When he became king he would have Uzzah there to see to the practical details, like Ahithophel did for David.

Uzzah seemed to enjoy listening to Absalom’s dreams. Absalom had even shown him the dagger that Joab had given to him.

Ahio sat with childish curiosity as Zadok spoke of the Ark. “Was it as small as the Ark of Moses?” he said.

“No my son, not quite that small. It is two and a half cubits long and one and a half cubits wide and high, about the size of the feed troughs you see in Bethlehem, small enough to be carried from place to place. God told Moses himself exactly how He wanted it to be made.”

Zadok said, “On top is a seat called the mercy seat, and two golden angels with wings outspread are looking down from either side onto the Mercy Seat. This is where God’s presence dwells.”

“Why are the angels on the top and what is inside the Ark?” Uzzah asked. At this point, a servant came to Zadok and whispered something to him.

“You’re questions will have to wait until tomorrow. I have work to do,” said Zadok with a gleam in his eye and despite the objections the lessons for the day concluded.