and that Jehovah told him to construct was a temporary container for the two tablets of the law that he received on Mount Sinai. Whereas it was not until later on, about the end of the year, that the ark of the covenant was ready for use.—Ex. 39:33–40:3.
What about the book mentioned at 1 Samuel 10:25? Concerning it we read: “Samuel spoke to the people about the rightful due of the kingship and wrote it in a book and deposited it before Jehovah.” Does depositing it before Jehovah mean placing it in the ark of the covenant? Not necessarily, and especially not in this instance. Why not? Because at this time a rather anomalous situation prevailed in Israel. The ark of the covenant, after it was returned by the Philistines, found a resting place at Kiriath-jearim, where it remained until the reign of King David. (1 Sam. 7:1, 2) However, the tabernacle at this time was situated either at Shiloh or at Nob, and it was later removed to Gibeon. With the tabernacle were also the altar for sacrificing and the priesthood as well as the contents of the Holy Place, and so it is reasonable to conclude that “before Jehovah” in Samuel’s day meant where the tabernacle was rather than where the Ark was situated.—Josh. 18:1; 1 Sam. 21:1; 1 Chron. 16:39.
Thus from the foregoing we again see that the Bible is consistent with itself.
“We thank you, Jehovah God, the Almighty, the one who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and begun ruling as king.” And the temple sanctuary of God that is in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen in his temple sanctuary. And there occurred lightnings and voices and thunders and an earthquake and a great hail.—Rev. 11:17, 19.
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