Our first reading is from Chapter Forty of the Book of Exodus, and it tells us tha Moses placed the tablets of the Law inside the Ark of the Covenant. It might help us to look back at what was said about the Ark in the chapters from Exodus that we skipped in our daily readings.
Chapter 37 of Exodus tells us that the Ark was made of acacia wood; and that it was 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches deep. It was plated all over with gold, Laying flat over it top was what was called the Propitiatory. It too was 45 by 27 inches.
Two cherubim of beaten gold faced each other above the Propitiatory, and their wings, short of touching, reached out to each other above the Propitiatory.
Speaking of the extended wings of the cherubim, Chapter 25, verse 22 of Exodus says, “There I will meet you and there, from above the propitiatory, between the two cherubim on the Ark of the Covenant, I will tell you all the commands that I wish you to give to the Israelites.”
What made the Årk of the Covenant holy for the Israelites was not what was inside of it, but the place above it from where God spoke to them.