Then Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood; two and a half cubits was its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and a half its height. He overlaid it with pure gold inside and outside, and made a molding of gold all around it. (Exodus 37:1-2)
We have noted on many occasions that the purpose of the Sanctuary was to allow for the Creator to dwell among His people. Sc collectively, the Tabernacle, and later the Temple in Jerusalem, was considered His house. More specifically, however, the Holy of Holies was regarded as the royal chamber in which His Presence actually rested and the Ark of the Covenant His Throne upon the earth. That is one of the reasons that Betzalel fashioned this piece of furniture before all the others.
It is also important to consider that the Holy of Holies in tandem with the Ark represented the heart of the Sanctuary, which is doubly important when remembering that God’s desire was to dwell along — literally “in” — His people. The point He was making, then and now, is that He wants our heart to be given over to Him as a dwelling place. When He is enthroned on our hearts, then our mind and body become His as well.
The greatest of all commands is to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your strength. It is not an accident that the first thing mentioned is the heart because that is where He desires to dwell within each of us. That is why we ask Him to come into our hearts and not just our heads. It is in our heart that we are to hide His Word so that we may live according to His Will. So then consider that the heart of every human being — that which pumps the life force throughout the body — is also designed to serve as God’s Throne in our life. May it be that He always finds our heart to be a welcome resting place for His Presence.
Blessings and Shalom,