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descendents would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens.

ADAM – 1. Adam is symbolized by a man with a spade. 2. Adam, as a person, is also seen as symbolic. He was the first man, the first Adam, while Jesus was the second Adam. Adam caused humanity to fall into bondage to sin while Jesus gave humanity the ability to be set free from sin. 3. A mattock. 4. A set of keys.

ALTAR OF BURNT OFFERING – It is a symbol of forgiveness. In the Old Testament, a person’s sins were forgiven by God when a perfect sacrifice was on the altar. An animal had to die for a person’s sin (Exodus 20:24). The altar of burnt offering was first located in the tabernacle and then the temple.

ALTAR OF INCENSE – The altar of incense was located first in the tabernacle and later in the temple. Upon it incense was burned every morning and night as the priest prayed that God would hear the cries of His people.

ALTARS – Cain and Abel, the first sons of Adam and Eve, both worshiped God by sacrifices (Genesis 4:3-5). The sacrifice of Abel, that of several choice lambs, was accepted by God. The sacrifice of Cain was produce from the land and was not accepted by God. Two altars together symbolize Cain and Abel.


AMOS – He is represented by a shepherd’s staff because he was a shepherd by profession.

THE ARK – A symbol of an ark comes from the story of Noah and the flood (Genesis 6). The ark can be shown in the midst of the flood. It is also portrayed as resting on dry ground with the rainbow arching over it. 1. The ark symbolizes God’s protection of the righteous. 2. It is a symbol of the flood and God’s righteous judgment against wickedness. 3. Early Christians used the ark to symbolize the church.

ARK OF THE COVENANT – 1. The sacred seat of God on earth. The Ark of the Covenant was placed in the Holy-of-Holies in the tabernacle (and later in the temple at Jerusalem). No one except the High Priest was allowed in the Holy-of-Holies because God resided there. If anyone did enter, they died because they entered the presence of a perfect and Holy God.

The Bible tells of one account where the Ark of the Covenant was accidentally touched while being transported. The person immediately died (2 Samuel 6:2-7). In this portrayal, it symbolizes the presence of God. 2. A symbol of worship.
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