Exodus 25:10-22 describes the construction of the ark of the covenant. The Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness, during which time the ark was carried from place to place. After they entered the promised land the tabernacle was set up at Shiloh and the ark remained there for many years. King David eventually brought it to Jerusalem. When King Solomon built the temple the ark was placed in it.
Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the LORD to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. (2 Chronicles 5:7)
The king and the people probably thought the ark had found a permanent resting place and the days of its being carried from place to place were over. That turned out not to be the case. Here is an incident that took place during the reign of King Josiah. Read the rest of this entry