Time magazine has a great article on their web site that talks about “Tudor Parfitt, a real life scholar-adventurer” who think he knows where the Ark of the Covenant is, or at least “the last thing on earth in direct descent from the Ark of Moses” (you’ll have to read the article to understand what that means).
There are two questions at the end that are very thought provoking:
What would such a wonder look like in our postmodern world? What might it do?
The Ark had great power. Was it in the Ark? If so, then it should still have the power wherever it is. Was it only because at the time God was with the people? If so, then the Ark probably wouldn’t have any power now. It then makes you think about some of the other physical things that have been used in the past to teach people or receive revelation.
What would it be like to see 10 Commandment tablets? The “golden” plates? The Urim and Thummim?
What about things that aren’t as well-known… a nail that had been used when crucifying Jesus? The “apple” core that Adam and Eve had bitten? Something from Noah’s Ark?
I guess however cool it may be to see something like that, but ultimately it doesn’t matter. We live by faith, and seeing any of those things wouldn’t make your faith any more sure that the faith that comes by feeling the Spirit.
And now as I said concerning faith – faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.