Divrei Hayamim II – Five: Simplicity

“There was nothing in the Ark but the two tablets that Moses gave in Horeb, when the Lord made [a covenant] with the Children of Israel when they left Egypt (Chronicles II 5:10).” I’m seeing this verse as making a direct comparison to the Temple in Jerusalem and the places of worship of the neighboring nations of the ancient Near East. A hallmark of the Jewish people, as well as of the ancient Israelites, seems to have been simplicity and an emphasis on content and meaning, rather than show and gold. It’s a text and a historic relic that was central enough to be placed in the Holy of Holies, which shows the priorities and values of the people. What are the things (physical or otherwise) that we place at the center of our own hearts and lives?

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