What The Ark Of The Covenant Tells Us About Liberty

Posted: Mar 13, 2018 12:22 PM
What The Ark Of The Covenant Tells Us About Liberty

Judge Learned Hand stated in 1944 that, “Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.”[1]

Real liberty lives in the heart of man, as does God; as Thomas Jefferson wrote, “The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time.”[2]  From this springs the will of man that drives the exceptionalism in America.  “The real heart of the American Government depends upon the heart of the people,”[3] writes President Calvin Coolidge.  John Locke describes it as “a liberty to follow my own will in all things where the rule prescribes not, not to be subject to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary will of another man.  As freedom of nature is to be under no other restraint but the law of nature.”[4]  “Liberty will appear in its highest perfection,”[5] declares Montesquieu.  And Alexis de Tocqueville ties liberty to the underpinning of Christ, pronouncing “that liberty cannot be established without morality, nor reality without faith.”[6]

This precept, by these men and many others, will be repeated again and again in America.  America is “the most illustrious infant nation under heaven.”[7]

As the arbiters of our liberty articulate, liberty lies in our hearts.  This liberty was placed in our hearts by God.  God said, “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts.”[8]  This is perhaps why, when the Ark of the Covenant is placed before Israel, it is an unconquerable nation.[9]  That is to say; if God’s Law is placed before us; in our hearts and minds; so therefore, springing from our hearts to our actions, we as a people cannot be conquered. When we follow Natural Law, God’s Law, we live free and in abundance.  We live in economic prosperity.  We live under peace through justice.  We live in respect to others and to nature; God’s creation and resources. We love others as we love ourselves.[10]  We become God’s people.  We live under Divine Providence.  As Jesus declared, “All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them.”[11]  In fact, God told Moses to instruct the Israelites that they must obey His law, the covenant He bestowed on them, and if they did, they would become a great nation among all nations.  This same blessing holds true for America.

God told Moses:

“This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.  Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’  These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the Lord had commanded him to speak.  The people all responded together, “We will do everything the Lord has said.”  So Moses brought their answer back to the Lord.[12]

This is the reason why the ark is referred to as the Ark of the Covenant because it held the Books of Law; that is, God’s Law given to Moses and the nation of Israel.  It was the source, the compact, of good civil government – a covenant.  Founding Father Elis Boudinot writes that,

“So necessary was the knowledge of the law to good government, that it was not only to be kept with religious care by the principles officers of the government, and read in the ears of the people at large, that they might know and understand it.”[13]

Jesus upheld and instructed His disciples to take this Light, which God had given Moses, out into the entire world to all of God’s children.  Jesus set into motion the propagation of the Light unto the world; the wave of God’s Law to help bring God’s children back to Him; the new Covenant.  Jesus commanded His disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” And with that, Jesus told them that He would be their King within God’s creation until the end, stating, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the ago.”[14]

This thread has been compelled throughout history and carried into the Roman Empire, up through Medieval Europe, into Catholic Universities, then seeded into the Dutch Republic and England, and finally across the Atlantic into Colonial America. This seed, in good soil, spouted and grew over two centuries into the America Republic.   It remains the source of not only American liberty, but also the liberty that has sprouted and grown throughout the world the past two centuries as a result of the influence of the American Republic.

[1] Billings Learned Hand, May 21, 1944, “The Spirit of Liberty”, (New York, NY: I Am an American Day Ceremony, Central Park).

[2] Thomas Jefferson, July 1774, A Summary View of the Rights of British America.  Jefferson originally drafted it in July 1774 as a set of instructions for the Virginia delegates to the first Continental Congress.

[3] Calvin Coolidge, July 5, 1926, “The Inspiration of the Declaration of Independence,” (Philadelphia, PA), [http://www.calvin-coolidge.org/html/the_inspiration_of_the_declara.html].

[4] John Locke, 1982, ed. Richard Cox (originally published in 1690), Second Treatise of Government, “Book IV:  Of Slavery, Sec. 22,” (Wheeling, IL: Harlan Davidson, Inc.), p. 15.

[5] Charles de Montesquieu, 2010 (originally published in 1748), The Spirit of the Laws, “Book XI: Of the Laws which Establish Political Liberty, with Regard to the Constitution,” (Digireads.com Book), p 137.

[6] Alexis de Tocqueville, 2007 (originally published in 1835 and 1840), Democracy in America, Volumes 1 and 2, Unabridged, (Stilwell, KS: Digireads.com Publishing), p. 20.

[7]Antifederalist Paper No. 28, January 16, 1788, (published in the Freeman’s Journal of Philadelphia ot The North-American Intelligencer).  Taken from Patrick Henry, Robert Yates, and Samuel Byron, The Anti Federalist Papers, 2010 (originally published 1787-1790), “, (Lexington, KY:  Pacific Publishing Studios), p. 54.

[8] Guideposts, The Guideposts Parallel Bible (Carmel, NY: Guideposts), New International, Hebrews 8:10, p. 3072.  It is also written in Jeremiah 31:33 (pp. 2006-7), Romans 2: 14-16 (pp. 2852-3), Ecclesiastes 3:11 (pp. 1688-9), Acts 14:15-17 (pp. 2802-3), Acts 17:24-28 (pp. 2812-3), and other passages in the Bible have similar references.

[9] See Guideposts, The Guideposts Parallel Bible (Carmel, NY: Guideposts), Numbers 4:5-6 (pp. 348-9), Joshua 3:14-17 (p. 558-9), Joshua 4:7-24 (pp. 558-561), and Joshua 6:1-27 (pp. 562-565).

[10] See Guideposts, The Guideposts Parallel Bible (Carmel, NY: Guideposts), Matthew 22:37-40 (pp. 2506-7), and Mark 12:29-34 (pp. 2574-5).

[11] Guideposts, The Guideposts Parallel Bible (Carmel, NY: Guideposts), Living Bible, Matthew 22:40, p. 2507.

[12] Guideposts, The Guideposts Parallel Bible (Carmel, NY: Guideposts), New International, Exodus 19:3-8, p. 188.

[13] Elias Boudinot, 2009 (originally published in 1801), The Age of Revelation: The Age of Reason Shewen to be an Age of Infidelity, (Power Springs, GA: American Vision Press), p. 157.

[14] Guideposts, The Guideposts Parallel Bible (Carmel, NY: Guideposts), New International, Matthew 28:18-20, p. 2530.