OBEDEDOM, THE GITTITE

                    “The Blessing of the Lord Maketh Rich”

                                   

            In the fictitious movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” adventurer Indiana Jones was in search of the Ark of the Covenant.  The movie is fictional, but the Ark is real.  The Ark of the Covenant, also known as the Ark of Testimony, was the most important artifact in the Old Testament, and it was as dear to the Jews as the cross is to New Testament Christianity.  The Ark of the Covenant was the physical dwelling place for the God of the Hebrews, known by names such as the LORD, Jehovah, Elohim, Yahweh (YHWH), or the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Moses had seen the Ark in a vision inside heaven’s temple. (Heb. 8:5)  Moses had the Ark built and then placed it in the custody of Jewish priests from the tribe of Levi.  Special favor from God evidently smiled on a black man, in allowing him, as a Gittite descendant of Ham, to be appointed custodian of this most sacred article in the Jews religion, the Ark of the Covenant, the presence of God on earth.

            Originally, Obededom came  from one of the tribes of the uncircumcised lords of the Philistines, called Gittites. (Joshua 13:3)  During the days of the Prophet Samuel, Obededom’s tribe had kidnapped this Ark.  According to 1 Samuel 5:9, God plagued the Philistines with hemorrhoids,  or piles, until they gave the Ark of the Covenant back to the Israelis.  Obededom the Gittite was a Hamitic proselyte, meaning one who converted to the nation of Israel.  If a man was an outsider to the camp of Israel and wanted to become an Israelite he had to undergo circumcision, an extremely painful procedure.  This  was a matter of great contemplation, because it required the cutting away of his penis’ foreskin.  During the days of King David  many proselytes were inducted into the congregation of Israel to serve as David’s warriors. Obededom, a descendant of Ham through a sect of  “uncircumcised Philistines” called Gittites, became circumcised and  was allowed into the Israeli congregation (Judges 14:3, 1 Sam. 17:26)  Otherwise, this Gittite would not have obtained  custody of the most sacred article of Israel’s faith, the Ark of the Covenant.  Here is how the Ark came into this black man’s care. For the rest of the story you will have to order the book Blacks in the Bible Vol. I or The Complete Works of Blacks in the Bible: Biblical Black History and Prophecy of the Races at WWW.BLACKSINTHEBIBLE.NET.