Notice that the ark was the centerpiece: they “assembled…before the ark,” they “brought in the ark,” etc. Also notice that there was nothing in the ark but the Ten Commandments. God loves His Law (the reason for the cross), and He cannot be separated from it. Scripture calls Him the “habitation of justice” (see Jer. 50:7). We are told that God is perfect, holy, just, and good, and that His Law—the very essence of His character—is also perfect, holy, just, and good (see Psa. 19:7; Rom. 7:12). This is why God came down in such glory. May the Church honor and uphold His Law and have the same experience.
1 Kings 8:9Nothing was in the arkexcept the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the Lord made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
10 And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place,that the cloud filled the house of the Lord, 11 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lordfilled the house of the Lord.