Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

May they prosper who love you

- Psalm 122:6

God’s unique relationship with Zion

God’s unique relationship with Zion

The Ark comes to Zion

The Ark of the Covenant had been taken and lost in a war against the Philistines (1 Sam. 4:3-11). The Philistines took the Ark to several places in their country, and at each place there was trouble (1 Sam. 5:1-6).  Finally, it came to Kiriath-Jearim where it remained for 20 years.  King David wanted it back, but didn’t follow God’s instructions on moving it.  God brought punishment which then angered David and he feared to try to move the Ark again. 

After three months, David followed God’s instructions and brought the Ark to Zion with much celebration.

2 Samuel 6:11-15 

 The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.

Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.  So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.

When Solomon completed the Temple, the Ark found its home upon the Temple Mount.  Today the entire area is called, “Zion” – the place where God dwells among His people. 


Kiriath Jearim occupies the hill in the center. Behind it is the Israeli Arab village of Abu Gosh, and the hill to the right is occupied by Moshav Yad HaShmonah. Today’s Highway 1 passes near the site, as did a major route in ancient times.